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PSA Norway: Industry, regulators must work together to reverse trend on safety

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Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) Norway is challenging the oil and gas industry to reverse some troubling trends. In a presentation at the 2017 IADC Drilling HSE&T Europe Conference on 27 September in Amsterdam, Sigve Knudsen, PSA Director of Legal and Regulatory Affairs, said the last couple of years have been characterized by serious incidents and safety challenges. To help reverse this trend, the Norwegian regulator has identified three areas of special focus: robustness, standardization and inter-party collaboration. Watch DC’s video with Mr Knudsen as he explains the PSA’s work in these three areas and how it plans to achieve visible and measurable results.

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Light treatment improves alertness, health, safety for offshore shift workers

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Insomnia ranks as the second most common health complaint globally and is a common problem in offshore shift work environments. Poor quality of sleep can lead to lowered concentration, slower performance and difficulty thinking clearly. In turn, this can lead to increased risks for human error, lower productivity and more downtime on the rig. In this video from the 2017 IADC Drilling HSE&T Europe Conference on 28 September in Amsterdam, Koos Meijer, Founder of KM Human Factors Engineering, discusses a light treatment that focuses on the timing, duration, intensity and color of light exposure to activate and deactivate the brain. During the last project, more than 150 shift workers were trained and guided in two interactive offshore workshops. The crew reported feeling ...

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Bapetco builds safety-first culture on care, respect for employees

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In 2015, Gordon Graham arrived in Egypt as Deputy Drilling Manager of Bapetco, a joint venture between Shell and Egyptian General Petroleum Corp. He quickly identified several areas within HSE that required improvement and launched the Risk Champions Program. In this video from the 2017 IADC Drilling HSE&T Europe Conference on 27 September in Amsterdam, Mr Graham tells DC about the various focus areas for this program, as well as how HSE improvements can be achieved by demonstrating care and respect for employees. Watch the video for more information.

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BP implements Global DROPS assessments across 10 regions

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To prevent incidents related to dropped objects, BP has implemented what it calls the Global DROPS Assessment, which currently covers 10 regions and 37 rigs. These assessments help to verify that contractors are monitoring and improving their dropped objects program and that corrective actions determined from lessons learned and investigations are implemented to minimize or eliminate exposure to DROPS hazards. In this video from the 2017 IADC Drilling HSE&T Europe Conference in Amsterdam on 28 September, Duston McConnell, Senior Global HSE Advisor for BP, explains how these assessments work and the potential expansion of the assessments beyond drilling contractors. Mr McConnell also discusses his work with the North American DROPS Chapter, which will hold its 2017 North America DROPS Forum ...

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DNV GL launches cybersecurity RP geared toward operational technologies

From left: Petter Myrvang Head of Section, Enterprise & Information Risk Management, DNV GL; Elisabeth Tørstad, CEO, DNV GL; Pål Børre Kristoffersen, JIP Project Manager, DNV GL

The benefits of digitalization in the oil and gas industry are profound, but are also causing cyber risks to emerge. Almost 68% of oil and gas companies were affected by at least one significant cyber incident in 2016, and many attacks are assumed to be undetected or unpublished. Based on a joint industry project, DNV GL is now launching a globally applicable recommended practice (RP), DNVGL-RP-G108, addressing how oil and gas operators, together with system integrators and vendors, can manage the emerging cyber threat...

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IADC Permian Basin Chapter ramps up activity

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Although no regions in North America have been immune to the effects of the downturn, the Permian Basin has fared better than most. Particularly as US onshore contractors put rigs back to work, many of them are going to the Permian. The IADC Permian Basin Chapter has also been ramping up its activities, with the intent of connecting contractors, operators and service companies in the region to ensure the a safe and efficient recovery. One of the chapter’s major efforts on this front was the planning and execution of the first IADC Shale Energy Workshop, which was held on 13 September in Midland, Texas. In this video from the conference, Luke Crownover, Chairman of the IADC Permian Basin Chapter and Managing Partner for Robinson Drilling, explains some of the primary concerns and issues drilling contractors are facing in the Permian Basin and how the chapter plans to address those concerns...

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TxDOT to undertake Energy Sector Corridor Improvement program

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Many of the Texas roadways that run through energy-rich areas of the state were not built and designed to handle the constant traffic from heavy trucks that is associated with oil and gas exploration and production. Through the Energy Sector Corridor Improvement program, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) will undertake improvements to roads that experience high levels of energy-related traffic, Randy Hopmann, Director of District Operations for TxDOT, said at the IADC Shale Energy Workshop in Midland, Texas, on 13 September. In this video from the conference, Mr Hopmann discusses some of the improvements that will take place under the program, including strengthening the pavement structures and adding passing lanes. He also explains how the program will help make Texas roads safer for oil and gas employees and Texas residents alike...

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