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PSA updating barrier management guidelines to incorporate operational, organizational barriers

Norway’s Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) is updating its barrier management guidelines to include organizational and operational barriers, in addition to technical barriers. After PSA conducted studies and participated in a multinational audit on barrier management, the regulator concluded there is a need for a more systematic approach to barrier management. Such an approach is needed to empower personnel to perform safety-critical tasks correctly and at the right time. In this video from the 2016 IADC Well Control Europe Conference in Copenhagen on 20 October, Monica Ovesen, Head of Section Drilling and Well Technology for PSA, explains how updating the guidelines will improve barrier management and well control. She also discusses the benefits of having rig personnel assist in the development of barrier management procedures and documents.

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