Implementation of Industry Best Practice Using a Risk-Based Approach: DROPS - A Case Study
- K. Walker (Schlumberger) | B. McBeath (Schlumberger)
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- Society of Petroleum Engineers
- SPE International Conference and Exhibition on Health, Safety, Security, Environment, and Social Responsibility, 16-18 April, Abu Dhabi, UAE
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- Conference Paper
- 2018. Society of Petroleum Engineers
- 6.1 HSSE & Social Responsibility Management, 7 Management and Information, 7.2.1 Risk, Uncertainty and Risk Assessment, 6 Health, Safety, Security, Environment and Social Responsibility, 7.2 Risk Management and Decision-Making, 6.1.5 Human Resources, Competence and Training, 6.3 Safety
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Global oil and gas upstream safety data shows that over a 20-year period 18% of fatalities have been associated with dropped objects or falls from height. Industry associations have also reported 60 to 70% of high potential events were related to dropped objects. In response, an oilfield services company developed a risk-based DROPS standard based on industry best practice with deployment tools to ensure consistent global implementation.
Using the comprehensive DROPS industry best practice available, the company focused on implementation, using a risk-based approach applied across a diverse range of operational exposures. A risk-based DROPS standard was developed with a set of mandatory fundamental controls and a DROPS risk matrix used in a range of implementation tools to assess risk for operational activities and work sites. Site assessments were used to identify the additional risk-based controls required for each specific work environment.
This paper describes how the company has utilized available industry best practice, with a risk-based approach to focus on achieving consistency in implementation, and ultimately realize HSE performance improvements across o global organization.
A network of assigned personnel in field operational locations were trained to lead the DROPS Standard implementation. To date, over 1000 operational locations worldwide have assessed their operational DROPS risk, assigned DROPS Zones, developed site specific DROPS registers and documented their applicable controls in site specific procedures.
Key implementation performance objectives were developed and monitored to track implementation status, including completion of assigned training, utilization of the risk-based deployment tools provided and phased internal compliance auditing.
The implementation of the DROPS Standard and the associated training, communication and awareness campaigns have led to an increase in proactive DROPS reporting and an overall reduction in DROPS incidents.
The risk-based methodology and associated deployment tools have enabled globally consistent implementation of industry best practice.
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