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Thorough investigations into small incidents can yield big safety gains


Small incidents – or unplanned events that did not result in injury, illness or damage but had the potential to do so – should be investigated more thoroughly than they are now. It is a cost-effective way to provide a greater understanding of complex systems and global behaviors, Mike Munsil, Project Manager at PSRG, said at the IADC HSE&T Conference in Houston. In this video from the event on 6 February, Mr Munsil explains how a 5-Why approach, which asks a series of successive “why” questions, can be used to investigate small incidents. He also explains why he advocates for the term “small incident” rather than “near miss,” which can convey the idea that an event is isolated and unimportant...

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IADC HSE Committee advances work on safety alerts, dropped object prevention


The IADC HSE Committee continues to maintain its focus on two ongoing initiatives that aim to improve safety in the drilling industry – the Incident Statistics Program (ISP) and the IADC Safety Alert Program. Clyde Loll, Corporate Director of QHSE with Nabors Corporate Services, recently stepped into his role as Co-Chairman of the committee and spoke with Drilling Contractor about the group’s plans and activities at the 2018 IADC HSE&T Conference on 6 February in Houston. In addition to the ISP and Safety Alerts, the HSE Committee also continues to assist and collaborate with the North American DROPS network. The DROPSonline organization recently published a recommended practice for dropped object prevention schemes and updated the Reliable Securing Handbook. Watch DC’s video with Mr Loll to find out more...

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Companies can reshape journey management programs for maximum security in high-risk areas


It is important to fully understand the risks and hazards that can endanger personnel traveling in high-risk areas. While most companies have a corporate journey management plan, their programs often lack specific details of a region’s threats, said Stan Ayscue, Country Manager for Strategic Projects at Protection Group International. Speaking at the IADC HSE&T Conference in Houston, Mr Ayscue urged the industry to change its approach to journey management and to consider region-specific factors such as the geopolitical climate; major dates such as holidays; and medical issues, such as a disease outbreak. In this video from the event on 6 February, he describes the common shortcomings of corporate journey management plans and discusses how companies can train their staff to make informed decisions about their personal security when traveling in high-risk areas...

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Application of modern technologies can reduce DROPS incidents


Procedures and programs for DROPS safety have helped reduce incidents over the years, but paper-based procedures can only go so far, Gareth Burrows, Global Business Development Director for OES Asset Integrity Management, said in a presentation at the 2018 IADC HSE&T Conference in Houston. Technology, including tablet-based DROPS systems, eLearning training and drones, can help the industry to further reduce DROPS incidents. In this video from the conference on 7 February, Mr Burrows discusses the limitations of paper-based systems that can be overcome by the use of tablet-based systems. He also explains how eLearning, which is more dynamic and flexible than in-person training, can help reduce dynamic drops. Further, he outlines the pros and cons of using drones to inspect potential DROPS hazards...

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Diversity in thought, experience strengthens teams, improves problem solving


In a survey conducted by EY in 2016, a whopping 94% of respondents said they believe that diversity of thought and experience are key to navigating disruptions in the oil and gas sector. Diversity can also create more effective teams that are better equipped to find solutions to problems they’re tasked with solving, Dr Vera Verdree, Senior Global Competence Manager at BHGE, said in a presentation at the 2018 IADC HSE&T Conference in Houston. In this video from the conference on 7 February, Dr Verdree also discusses some of the challenges companies face in building effective teams with the right mix of skills. Further, she outlines BHGE’s Competence Management Program and how it equips new-hires with the skills and abilities necessary to effectively perform in this evolving digital world...

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HSE&T Corner: Digital checklist for field service representatives improves accountability and service quality, standardizes rig engagement

Checklists, unlike procedures, are designed to be used in the field on a daily basis, Terry Barrett, CEO for CAVU International, said at the 2017 IADC Human Factors Conference in October in Galveston, Texas. On the other hand, procedures are meant to capture knowledge and best practices and can be hundreds of pages long.

Pilots, air traffic controllers and airplane mechanics are no less susceptible to human error than anyone else. Yet commercial airlines fly billions of passengers around the world every year while experiencing very few incidents or fatalities. “What did they do? They put in checklists,” Terry Barrett, Chief Operating Office for CAVU International, said on 17 October at the 2017 IADC Human Factors Conference in Galveston, Texas...

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Editorial: Safety, quality, diverse workforce will pave path to better industry, future innovations


As I think about the challenges facing us in 2018, I am reminded of that new year’s curse – “May you have an interesting year.” 2018 will almost certainly deliver that. According to Haynes and Boone, from January 2015 to October 2017, 134 North American oil and gas producers filed for bankruptcy. The sum of these filings involved $80 billion of secured and unsecured debt. Over the same period, 155 oilfield service companies filed for bankruptcy with a cumulative debt of $43.6 billion. Of the seven largest filings, five were major international offshore drillers...

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Analysis of competence assurance programs reveals best practices, evolving policies, common challenges


In 2009, IADC initiated a Competence Assurance Accreditation (CAA) program to provide a means and a model for oil and gas related companies to establish an industry standard to maximize the impact of competence assurance programs. This standard is designed to define effective ways to develop and maintain employee competence, such that every employee is competent to perform his or her job role successfully and consistently. CAA has become a global standard for the structure and management of these programs, and 22 companies’ Terms and Definitions...

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5 principles for upgrading your behavior-based safety programs


Imagine using a piece of technology from last century to solve a problem in this century. Unfortunately, that’s what’s happening for too many organizations in the world of safety. By some accounts, behavior-based safety was introduced into the American workplace as far back as the 1930s. Since then, it has become a mainstay for many US organizations trying to keep their workers safe. The problem is that times have changed, but behavior-based safety hasn’t. It’s still largely a pencil-to-paper system of peer-to-peer observations that leans too heavily on identifying and disciplining bad worker behavior...

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Premier Oil’s MacLaurin: Industry can’t remain ambivalent about climate change


Corporate responsibility is a must, not a luxury, and drilling contractors and operators must work together to align their thinking and messaging around safety and environmental protection, Phil MacLaurin, Country Manager for Premier Oil, said in a keynote address at the 2018 IADC Drilling HSE&T Asia Pacific Conference on 25 January in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. “In our industry, effective environmental and safety management must always be paramount… The expectations of society are evolving. They are becoming more demanding and sophisticated.”...

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