The oil and gas industry prides itself on having some of the best safety records compared to many industry sectors. Health, safety and environment (HSE) became a familiar term and number one consideration in oil and gas industry. Nevertheless, traditional HSE manuals, bulletins & instructions are not enough to guarantee that the system is effective and serving the organization. Well structured safety policies, training and employee handbooks are the norm but for a safety policy to have any relevant meaning HSE values cannot remain as words on paper, they must be taken up and used by employees and translated into performance.

It became mandatory to the industry to find a way to make sure that HSE instructions reach every employee and accurately implemented. This could only be achieved if proper auditing is employed. Proper auditing for a professional HSE system can definitely close the loop and fill the gap between what is written in manuals and what is eventually implemented. In the mean time, while establishing your HSE system make your reference one of the recognized international standards known to most of companies. This will make the language of your system familiar to others and help auditors when reviewing the system.

Before you start, a team of experts must be formed to sponsor this task. Team members must be solicited from different company disciplines to cover all potentially hazardous areas. The team will thoroughly consider the following areas when designing the project; equipment reliability, maintenance standards, operations procedures, emergency preparedness, proper documentation and people.

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