Safety first

Safety Leaders Foundation formed. DNV GL Phast’s new dispersion model. LR Safety Accelerator. CSB investigates fatal well explosion, Arkema fires. IOGP reports on managing seismic HSE/risk.

Ex-Shell employees Dick Nijen Twilhaar and Willem Peuscher have created the Safety Leaders Foundation to leverage IT in HSE. The pair have developed the ‘iLife-Saving Rules’ game, based on the 12 rules they developed while in Shell.

The V8 release of Phast, DNV GL’s software for process hazard analysis, introduces a new dispersion model to increases the accuracy of predicting the movement of short-duration toxic clouds in a windy environment. Phast 8 also adds support for modelling releases from buried pipelines and more realistic modelling of the true nature of fireballs. The ‘along wind diffusion’ model was co-developed with BP.

Lloyd’s Register has kicked-off a global program to accelerate safety innovation. The LR Safety Accelerator will test innovative digital solutions to critical safety and risk challenges. Technology businesses can apply for funding to trial their digital solutions in an industrial environment. The first theme is safety on-board. Applications open in summer 2018.

The US Chemical Safety Board is investigating a fatal gas well explosion near Quinton, Oklahoma. Lease holder Red Mountain Operating and contractor Patterson-UTI Drilling are collaborating with the CSB on the investigation into the incident which occurred on the Pryor Trust 0718 1H-9 well.

The CSB also recently provided an update on its investigation into the fires which occurred at the Arkema plant, in Crosby, Texas, as a result of Hurricane Harvey. Preliminary results of the CSM’s findings are summarized in a video.

The IOGP has released Report 432, ‘Managing HSE in a geophysical contract.’ The report provides a framework of best practices and standards for geophysical operations. A supplement (IOGP Report 432-01) covers the management of subcontractors and temporary workforce in geophysical operations and another (IOGP Report 432-02) covers risk management in geophysical operations.

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