Safety first

IOGP Report on safety recommended practices. LR Safetytech Accelerator II opens. NIOSH on selecting fatigue monitoring technology. TekSolv, hazard communication a ‘most cited’ violation. Neptune Energy teams with HALO Trust on UXO removal.

The International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (IOGP) has published Report 456 (V2), covering recommended practices and key performance indicators for process safety in the upstream. The report was produced in response to major incidents and sets out to improve safety by learning from past events with less serious outcomes. The report is a free download from the IOGP bookstore.

The Safetytech Accelerator* has announced round two of its Safetytech PoC Fund. The Fund is to disburse £1 million in support of safety proofs of concept, in particular, digital products and services ‘that can significantly enhance safety and reduce risk in safety-critical industries and infrastructure’. Projects funded in round one included M Squared (early detection of gas leaks on an LNG tanker), Numberboost (AI-driven real-time error detection), Multisensor Scientific (leak detection) and (rigsite falling object detection). More from the earlier round.

* The Safetytech Accelerator is a not-for-profit initiative created by Lloyd’s Register Group and Lloyd’s Register Foundation. More from LR.

A recent blog post on the US NIOSH website offers advice on choosing fatigue monitoring and detection technology. FMDT comes in two forms, predictive (based on the sleep patterns and work hours) and monitoring (of eyelid movement and blink rates). Detection technologies that are common in high-end motor vehicles are now also available as wearable devices or mobile apps that can be used in almost any situation. NIOSH recommends considering key factors in FMDT selection including primary purpose, validity and reliability and user acceptance. There is no one size fits all. NIOSH warns that, ‘such devices can obscure the underlying causes of fatigue and should not be used as a primary safety measure’. More from NIOSH.

TekSolv warns that hazard Communication is one of the top ten OSHA ‘most cited’ violations. In 2019 alone, there were 3,671 violations. Organizations need a written Hazard Communication Program to ensure that the information concerning classified hazards is transmitted to the employer, contractors, sub-contractors and employees. TekSolv’s Hazard Communication Training program combines health hazard training and hazard communication training and if required, OSHA 10/30 certification. More from TekSolv.

Producer Neptune Energy has teamed with the worldwide humanitarian landmine clearance organization, The HALO Trust. Neptune teams will demonstrate their systematic approach to incident management, root cause databases and learning review techniques to their counterparts at HALO. HALO will share its experience of clearing landmines and other unexploded ordnance* from areas affected by war. More from Neptune and the HALO Trust.

* Unexploded ordinance is a subset of geophysical expertise with, for instance, this presentation on Machine learning for the classification of unexploded ordnance (UXO) from electromagnetic data.

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