Safety first ...

BGS groundwater vulnerability. IOGP reports on process safety, well integrity and blowout emergency response. IOGP announceds project Safira for transport safety. Accenture on digital refinery safety. AFPM warns on computer control of hazardous devices. Gulf Research Program funds offshore safety studies. High Alpha’s cloud-based worker safety solution. Oil Spill Response, TechnipFMC team on subsea well intervention. Lloyds Register ‘discovers’ safety. E2S rolls-out new Atex warning signals. Kongsberg K-Sim for tanker safety. DNV GL certifies Noble’s SEMS.

BGS, the British Geological Survey has issued ‘3D GWV’, a 3D groundwater vulnerability assessment program to screen risks from beneath oil and gas sites in England.

IOGP, the UK-based International organization of oil and gas producers has published the following:
IOGP Report N° 456 (Second Edition, 2018, 88 pages), Process safety, recommended practice on key performance indicators for the upstream oil and gas industry.
IOGP Report N°485 (November 2018), Standards and guidelines for well integrity and well control, a four-page enumeration of relevant standards.
IOGP Report N°594 Source control emergency response planning for subsea wells, a guide to mitigating and managing blowouts and spills.
IOGP has also announced project Safira, a focal point for its current safety initiatives in process, aviation, transport and life-saving rules.

Accenture’s Elfije Lemaitre blogged recently on the impact of digital investments on refineries and disaster management. Digital technologies can help refiners reduce refinery downtimes and optimize supply strategies to limit the disruptions caused by major weather events. Digital salvation comes from real-time feeds, digital tools for maintenance planning of damaged assets and digital investments to improve the agility and response times across the supply chain following a weather disruption.

The AFPM reports that modern computer-based controls of hazardous energy (e.g., mechanical, electrical, pneumatic, chemical, radiation) conflict with the US OSHA*’s lock-out/tag-out standard. The Agency has issued an RFI to help understand the strengths and limitations of the new technology, and its potential risk to workers.

* Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

The Gulf Research Program of the National Academies of Sciences is to award up to $10 million in new funding to support research projects that will advance understanding and facilitate improvement of safety culture in the offshore oil and gas industry. The monies come from the NAS’ Safer offshore energy systems initiative, following a 2018 workshop on the ‘The human factors of process safety and offshore worker empowerment’. More from National Academies.

High Alpha has announced ‘Anvl’, its cloud-based software that is to ‘reinvent’ workforce safety for the digital age. Anvl captures environmental, process and sensor data, to enable point-of-risk intervention and a targeted safety experience for high-risk maintenance and service environments. Anvl is currently under test at the diesel behemoth, Cummins.

UK-based Oil Spill Response has signed a strategic cooperation agreement with TechnipFMC unit Genesis Oil and Gas Consultants to support its Subsea well intervention service (Swis) members who now have access to Genesis’s expertise in subsea systems engineering, installation, operations and computational fluid dynamics. The agreement follows from the work of the IOGP (above) and the Subsea Well Response Project consortium.

The Lloyds Register Foundation’s new ‘Discovering Safety’ program sets out educate companies in global risk control and to bring a ‘step change’ in health and safety performance. Discovering Safety includes accident and incident investigation information accrued by the Health and safety executive, the UK health and safety regulator, over the last 40 years. More too from The Ashton Institute.

E2S Warning Signals has announced that its STExCP8 manual call points are SIL2 compliant to IEC 61508, allowing system integrators greater confidence when designing systems requiring an enhanced safety integrity level. The devices are part of the STEx family of explosion/flameproof audible and visual signaling devices for installation in harsh onshore and offshore environments.

Kongsberg Digital’s new K-Sim Safety solution trains officers in advanced firefighting with an interactive 3D walk-through animation of a tanker’s engine room and upper decks. KSS is based on a detailed 3D representation of a 152,000 tonne double hull Suez Max crude oil carrier with 7 decks. Training is in accordance with the STCW Code requirements. More from Kongsberg Digital.

DNV GL has certified Noble Energy for compliance with the SEMS (safety and environmental system) standard from the Center for offshore safety, an API RP 75-compliant standard for best practices in oil and natural gas drilling and production operations. More from DNV GL.

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