Many oilfield companies require field crews to systematically analyze safety aspects of their activities before starting to work. Commonly, this process is called a Job Safety Analysis, or JSA, but other labels are also used.

Recent developments in measuring safety performance have changed the JSA process by redefining its objective. This change is definitely for the better, and it is rapidly gaining acceptance throughout the Gulf of Mexico petroleum industry.

A survey of Gulf of Mexico offshore production facilities and drilling rigs showed that JSAs tend to be a tedious formality that crews comply with only because they are required to do so. For a typical jack-up drilling rig, adopting this new JSA process and standard can reduce total time spent in JSA meetings from approximately 30 man-hours per day to less than four man-hours per day. Not only does the new style of JSA provide significant time savings, but it is considerably more effective in reducing the likelihood of accidents, meets with enthusiastic approval of work crews, and provides a powerful tool for onsite management.

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