The Canadian petroleum industry spends large amounts of money and uses other critical resources to comply with a myriad of regulatory requirements and operational standards. The tasks of collecting and reporting information required for regulatory compliance are generally very onerous, which means that little time is available for adequate compliance management and data analysis.

To compound the problem, regulations and standards change. From a due diligence perspective, these changes should be tracked and communicated to the appropriate employees because they may directly affect facility operations and production.

Experience shows that a number of companies are unaware of the scope and magnitude of these regulatory requirements and are not properly equipped, from both a technical and business process perspective, to ensure their company complies with them.

This presentation will begin with an overview of recent regulatory changes or initiatives that affect companies operating in the petroleum industry. The presenter will then provide a brief description of various web-delivered and wireless-enabled software applications that increase operational efficiencies, improve worksite health and safety processes, streamline field data capture and reporting processes, and substantially reduce the time and costs associated with achieving and maintaining regulatory compliance. These applications include mobile field data collection tools that allow for instant report generation and e-mail notification of non-compliant items.

Finally, a case study will be presented that illustrates how BCI's software solutions have enabled a major oil and gas company to achieve "zero compliance issues". Particular emphasis will be placed on how BCI's handheld applications work in conjunction with server technology to facilitate the notification of compliance events, and reduce compliance costs and field data collection time by over 50%.

Compliance Issues At The Workplace

A worker is in the process of mixing caustic soda and sulfuric acid in a pipe. Initially, there is no reaction. After removing his protective eye safety gear to write down some notes, the worker peers back into the top of the pipe. The moment he looks in, a violent chemical reaction occurs that blasts highly caustic chemicals into his face. He becomes blinded, severely disfigured, and scarred around his head and facial area. A later investigation reveals that the worker in question had not been properly supervised or trained on how to conduct this procedure, and had not consulted the relevant Material Safety Data Sheets.i

Company XYZ is a distributor of chemicals, and routinely receives tanker cars filled with liquid chemicals at its plant. An experienced employee inadvertently reverses the hose connections to the pumping equipment so that the chemical xylene is pumped to a rail tanker car already full of the chemical. The employee fails to monitor the transfer as required and as a result 18,000 litres spilled onto the ground. The transfer was stopped 10 minutes later, after a neighbouring business alerted the fire department. The xylene was absorbed into the ground and some made its way to the storm sewer catch basin located on the property. Some of the chemical entered the city's sewer system. ii

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