Brazil is the largest country in Latin America. Strict national regulations as well as state regulations are in place regarding the control and transportation of hazardous materials. Oil and gas industry operations require a significant number of long distance trips to transport materials across the country, and it is critical to implement a process that includes appropriate controls to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements. In addition to improving the safety of operations, an effective process avoids risk of non-compliance that could lead to the loss of licenses to operate in the country.
This paper describes how an oilfield services company developed a process to address all of its hazardous material trips in Brazil. The process includes implementation of a hazardous material transport checklist used by all business units that utilize and transport such materials in company-owned or dedicated contractor vehicles. The checklist was designed to comply with all regulatory requirements of materials used that are considered hazardous. The checklist was designed to take into account not only regulations in Brazil but also the company’s own stringent internal requirements.
The paper describes the management of the checklist, how it kept is up-to-date for each trip, and how the process has been integrated in the company’s overall journey management plan. The paper describes the verification process that confirms each trip complies with all the requirements. It also shows how the journey management system monitors the trip in real time, provides feedback to the driver, and notifies both the requester and approver of the progress of the trip. At the close of a trip the corresponding compliance reports are distributed to the various stakeholders involved.
The paper also discusses how the process ensures that all trip requesters, approvers, supervisors, and dispatchers have control over the trips.