Safety into Design Phase – A New Approach to Enhance the Operational Safety
- Marcello Augustus Ramos Roberto (Petrobas Petróleo Brasileiro S.A) | John Kennedy Candeira Andrade (Petrobas Petróleo Brasileiro S.A)
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- Offshore Technology Conference
- Offshore Technology Conference, 4-7 May, Houston, Texas, USA
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- Conference Paper
- 2020. Offshore Technology Conference
- 7 Management and Information, 6.3.3 Operational Safety, 7.2.1 Risk, Uncertainty and Risk Assessment, 6.3 Safety, 7.2 Risk Management and Decision-Making
- Safety, Safety Design, Safety into design, Design Phase, Operational Safety
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The offshore O&G production has been increasing considerably in the last five years. Therefore, to guarantee the safety of their operations, the O&G companies are being pushed by regulators agencies to establish a robust and efficient safety management system, particularly in Brazil, where the Petroleum National Agency published, in 2015, the SGSS (Technical Regulation of the Subsea Systems Operational Safety Management System). The new regulation forced Brazilian Operators, such as Petrobras, to promote a couple of initiatives, in order to increase the safety of their offshore operations. One of these initiatives has its focus into eliminate or minimize the risks in operational phase, maximizing the potential to avoid them during engineering design phase, where the ability to influence safety is higher than another project phase. One of the challenges of this approach is related to the fact that, in general, and regarding operational safety, the engineering design works in a passive way, in other words, the safety improvements in the new projects only are applied if a strong operational safety issues feedback process is established. Operators have been noted that this operational feedback to design engineers is not the only way to achieve a high level of safety in their operations and facilities. There is a consensus that the engineering design shall work in an active way, being more predictive than corrective, in order to avoid operational issues. The objective of this paper is present a new approach regarding the operational safety focused on engineering design phase, establishing new process, methodologies, actions and closing the gaps between design and operational teams to enhance operational safety.
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