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Situational awareness is key for active shooter response

The most important thing to remember in the middle of an active shooter event is to move, said Greg Shaffer, President of Shaffer Security Group, from the 2019 IADC HSE&T Conference on 6 February in Houston. But even before an event is in process, there are things you should do to prepare and maintain good situational awareness. Watch the video for more information.

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What road safety policies should you implement?

Transportation incidents, whether during commutes or on the job, are the leading cause of fatality in the oil and gas industry, Kyla Retzer, Epidemiologist with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, said from the 2019 IADC HSE&T Conference on 5 February in Houston. She presented essential elements of a good road safety program and ways to address driver distraction. The most dangerous form of distraction is texting while driving, which takes drivers’ eyes off the road an average of 4.6 seconds and involves all three types of distraction simultaneously: visual, manual, and cognitive. Watch the video for more information on cell phone policy recommendations.

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HSE professionals have role to play as adoption of ESG Integration Approach increases

ESG – or Environment, Social and Governance – refers to the non-financial aspects of business, and responsible investment refers to an approach to investing that aims to incorporate ESG factors into investment decisions in order to better manage risk and generate sustainable, long-term returns. At the 2019 IADC HSE&T Conference in Houston on 5 February, Kaitlyn Allen, President and CEO of Global Affairs Associates, talked about the recent growth of adoption of the ESG Integration Approach among US organizations, as well as what’s driving this growth. Further, in this video with DC, she talks about the role of HSE professionals in this context and why ESG should matter to them.

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Oil Spill Response Ltd announces new global UAV service for members

Oil Spill Response Ltd (OSRL) has expanded its member offer with the launch of an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) service. The new service aims to enhance preparedness and response capabilities to better support members’ needs in the event of a spill. To facilitate the service on a global basis and to ensure the shortest time to mobilization, OSRL has signed call-off agreements with a number of third-party UAV providers around the world. Launch partners for the service include Bristow Aerial Solutions, Sky-Futures and Vertical Horizon Media. Each partner has been selected based on their relevant in-country experience, technical capabilities or geographical reach, and will ensure OSRL members have the most appropriate and effective solution to the specific challenge in hand, ...

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BP to support investor group’s call for greater reporting around Paris goals

BP announced that it will support a call from a group of institutional investors for the company to broaden its corporate reporting to describe how its strategy is consistent with the goals of the Paris Agreement. Investor participants of the Climate Action 100+ initiative have proposed a resolution to be put to shareholders at the company’s annual general meeting in May 2019. Following constructive engagement between BP and the investors, the BP Board has decided to support the proposed resolution. BP has supported the aim of the Paris Agreement, with its call to rapidly reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the context of sustainable development and eradicating poverty, since it was agreed in 2015. In accordance with the proposed resolution, BP ...

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Chevron seeks to share tool for planning, executing well control drills

By Linda Hsieh, Managing Editor Let it never be said that the oil and gas industry doesn’t share or collaborate. Chevron is ready, if not eager, to share with the industry a cloud-based software tool, called DrillPad, that has already proven to be a bigger game-changer than expected for the operator, Jeff Smith, WellSafe Systems Manager for Chevron, said. “We’ve seen the severity of our well control events drop significantly since we got this tool in place. When I say significantly, I’m talking about an order of magnitude,” Mr Smith said at the 2018 IADC Annual General Meeting in New Orleans on 8 November. The tool was developed as part of the company’s WellSafe program, an assurance process for well control. “(DrillPad) ...

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Sonnemann: New approach may be needed in the way well control is approached

There are still many well control topics that don’t have universal consensus within the industry. These include the uses/mis-uses of MAASP, kill rates selection and kick tolerance calculations, said Paul Sonnemann, VP of Technology at SafeKick. In a presentation at the 2018 IADC International Well Control Conference in Milan, Italy, he urged the industry to take a different approach to such topics. Further, he encouraged the industry to think of closed-loop drilling like the service brake on an automobile, which should be used even if the drilling program doesn’t require it. Watch DC’s video with Mr Sonnemann as he describes his philosophy of well control.

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Visual, multiphase flow simulators aid spill drills

Work is ongoing to couple a visual simulator and a multiphase flow simulator to enhance spill drill exercises, Add Energy VP Marketing Thomas Selbekk said at the 2018 IADC International Well Control Conference in Milan, Italy, on 23 October. Over the past few years, Add Energy has been involved in more than 30 such drills, many in the Gulf of Mexico. In this video with DC, Mr Selbekk talks about the purpose of spill drills, lessons learned from previous drills, as well as how the two simulators – the VROV and the OLGA-WELL-KILL – have been combined to form an interactive training tool that can mimic a real-world incident. Watch the video to find out more.

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IOGP engages with regulators on liabilities, studies different regulatory approaches

Since the early days of the formation of the Global Incident Response Group and Wells Expert Committee, the two groups have continued to fulfill their missions of improving drilling safety, improving the time to stop a blowout, and improving subsea and surface response capabilities. In particular, the two groups, which were formed by the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (IOGP), continue to work with regulators around the world, according to Chris Hawkes, IOGP Safety Director. These include the EU Offshore Authorities Group, with whom the IOGP recently engaged on the issue of unlimited liabilities. Further, the IOGP recently was involved in an academic study looking at goal-based vs prescriptive regulations. Watch DC’s video with Mr Hawkes from the ...

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