Recently, the E&P Forum issued guidelines for HSE auditing in the geophysical industry. These guidelines place the expectation that geophysical contractors will take the lead in commissioning and conducting audits and subsequent follow-up reports.
The guideline has several purposes:
To help reduce the incidence of excessive client auditing, especially of seismic vessels and to create consistency across land and marine geophysical operations.
To help ensure compliance with operational policies, procedures and applicable regulations or guidelines on HSE and to analyze the experience and effectiveness of management controls.
To provide guidance for the geophysical industry on how to implement audits that are consistent with the E&P Forum's existing Guidelines for the Development and Application of HSE Management Systems
To improve acceptability of audits across client and company boundaries.
To help verify that the contractor's operating systems optimize the well being of all personnel, clients, contractors, sub-contractors, communities and the environment, and that these systems are aligned across client, contractor and sub-contractor boundaries.
To identify areas of potential improvement in the auditee's HSE management system.
To assess the ability of the internal management review process to assure the continuing suitability and effectiveness of the auditee's HSE management system.
To evaluate the contracting process and system.
The HSE audit guideline is applicable to all geophysical operations worldwide.