The oil industry, particularly exploration and production drilling has always had to contend with a remarkable set of conditions: complicated logistics, remote locations, twentyfour hour daily operations, and long and uneven schedules, to mention only a few.

Invariably, operations personnel, particularly service company personnel, are required to perform highly technical, often critical tasks for long periods of time without the benefit of sustained periods of restfulness. This condition is compounded by irregular days-off schedules and the offshore environment itself.

Research in other industries has shown that scheduling conditions similar to those experienced in the E&P drilling industry have lowered the standard of life, general health, safety and performance of employees.

With the move towards higher technology and even more critical tasks, more demanding employees and an essentially unchanged working environment, the problems are compounded even further. Work related stress and quality of life have become important factors in our employees’ career decisions and their ability to work safety.

'Ibis paper discusses the evaluation of the work schedule and work/living conditions of the wellsite measurement and services personnel of Anadrill Schlumberger, and concludes with methods to improve the safety, health and general quality of life of those personnel and the service quality they can deliver.

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