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Offshore Safety and Risk Management Systems

Legislative Changes

Abu Dhabi, UAE (January 04, 2018) – Every Government has a duty to its citizens to keep them safe. This is really the ‘Social contract’ theory as proposed initially by Socrates. A healthy population can both enjoy life and be productive hereby ensuring greater wealth for the whole of society.

On April 20, 2010, a multiple-fatality incident occurred at the Macondo oil well approximately 50 miles off the coast of Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico during temporary well-abandonment activities on the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) drilling rig

This disaster cost the lives of eleven people and enormous environmental damage. As with any disaster Governments examine not only what has gone wrong and who may be at fault but also legislative changes that may be required so that there may be no repetition. The European Union identified that regulations for offshore drilling activities had to be strengthened and so introduce the new Directive 2013/30/EU.

In the USA further changes were deemed necessary. In 2011 the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) replaced the Minerals Management Service to manage the nation’s natural gas, oil and other mineral resources on the outer continental shelf.

The BSEE introduced a Safety and Environmental Management Systems – (SEMS) for the offshore industry in order to better control safety. A Safety Management System (SMS) is not a new idea but in other high hazard areas although a SMS is required the details of what this system should include are not specified. The BSEE have now set forth detailed requirements for their standard.

This SEMS includes:

  • Job Safety Analysis (JSA)
  • Auditing
  • Stop Work Authority (SWA)
  • Ultimate Work Authority (UWA)
  • Employee Participation Plan (EPP)
  • Reporting Unsafe Working Conditions

PetroKnowledge have designed the Offshore Safety & Risk Management Systems training course that focuses on best legislative standards, Hazards of Vessels & Working over Water, Safety Management Systems,  Evaluate hazardous material and HAZOP, ATEX & Emergency Response. 

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