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CSB: Non-technical skills can help employees find their way through complex situations

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In its investigation of Macondo, the US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) found that future incidents could potentially be prevented if employees are equipped with non-technical skills. Such skills could help them navigate the complex situations that can occur on a drilling rig, where a great deal of information may be thrown at them at once. In this video from the 2016 IADC Human Factors Conference on 4 October in Galveston, Texas, Cheryl Mackenzie, CSB Investigations Team Lead, explains some of the CSB’s findings from its investigation. She also discussed recommendations the CSB made to API, the US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement and the Ocean Energy Safety Institute.

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Noble: Human factors training must be embedded into technical training, not added as afterthought

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On a drilling rig, employees are regularly challenged to apply both their technical knowledge and non-technical human factors skills at the same time. Therefore, it is important that human factors training be integrated into technical training from the very beginning. At the 2016 IADC Human Factors Conference in Galveston on 4 October, Tony Willis, Director of Leadership and Talent Management at Noble Drilling, said the contractor has built human factors into training for all employees, from new-hires to leadership. In this video from the conference, Mr Willis explains how Noble is embedding human factors into its technical training. He also explains the importance of ensuring all employees, no matter how long they have been on the job, are trained on human factors.

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Barrier functions help to guide evolving approach to safety-critical tasks

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Maersk Drilling is evolving its approach to safety-critical tasks – away from a one-size-fits-all thinking to thinking more about barrier functions and what must be achieved in terms of risk reduction. In this video from the 2016 IADC Drilling HSET Europe Conference in Amsterdam on 21 September, DC Managing Editor Linda Hsieh speaks with Mark Campbell-Howes, Head of HSSE Development Section for Maersk, about recent lessons learned on safety-critical tasks. For example, should maintenance done on safety and environmental critical equipment be considered safety-critical tasks themselves? Watch the video for Mr Campbell-Howe’s answer.

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NOGEPA keeps simplicity in mind while preparing for Offshore Safety Directive implementation

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The Netherlands Oil and Gas Exploration and Production Association (NOGEGA) has been working to prepare for the implementation of the Offshore Safety Directive, with old NOGEPA guidelines now transformed to NOGEGA standards. New standards have also been created on well control and integrity and verification, Gert-Jan Windhorst, Secretary Operations Health & Safety/Deputy Secretary General for NOGEPA, said at the 2016 IADC Drilling HSET Europe Conference in Amsterdam on 21 September. In this video from the conference, Mr Windhorst speaks with DC Managing Editor Linda Hsieh about challenges related to the directive’s implementation process. Watch the video for more information.

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Like NASA, drilling industry can use probabilistic risk assessments to identify potential points of failure

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A probabilistic risk assessment (PRA) is used to model and quantify very unlikely but potentially high-risk events or failures. PRAs are commonly used in other industries, including nuclear and aerospace. At the 2016 IADC Advanced Rig Technology Conference in Galveston, Texas, David Kaplan, NASA’s Flight Equipment & Quality Division Chief, Safety & Mission Assurance Directorate, explained how the agency has used PRAs to measure risks related to the International Space Station. In this video from the conference on 13 September, Mr Kaplan discusses similarities between the drilling and aerospace industries and how PRAs can help both industries better understand causes of failures.

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Remove the barriers to automated MPD to enable automated well control

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Automated MPD can enable automated well control, making for a generally safer and more efficient drilling operation. However, barriers remain that obstruct industry’s implementation of automated MPD, including liability and traditional roles and responsibilities. Drilling contractors are typically responsible for equipment integrity on the rig, but during MPD...

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IADC Maintenance Committee seeking additional OEM partnerships

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The IADC Maintenance Committee’s partnerships with National Oilwell Varco and Caterpillar have both helped the committee to develop solutions to asset integrity and reliability challenges, and the committee is now looking for additional OEM partnerships. The group has also started working with other IADC committees, such as the Well Control Committee, to help drilling contractors improve reliability on equipment, such as the BOP, said Frank Breland, Diamond Offshore Manager Planned Maintenance and IADC Maintenance Committee Chairman. Watch this video with Mr Breland from the 2016 IADC Asset Integrity and Reliability Conference on 30 August in Houston to learn more.

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