It was a pleasure and an honor to be able to present at the Bayou Chapter of ASSE at Nicholls State in Thibodeaux yesterday. I was very impressed with the group, the level of experience and expertise in the membership and the energetic leadership for the chapter. For anyone who hasn’t visited Nicholls State, I would also add that the school’s Petroleum Engineering Technology and Safety Management is a hidden gem.
My talk was on the importance of operating procedures as a part of a compliant SEMS program and as a underused safety tool. If you would like more information on the subject, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do your Operating Procedures meet the offshore SEMS rules? Are they easy to understand and use? Do they make your operations safer? Poor operating procedures were identified as a cause of more than half of serious offshore accidents in one study and have been one of the top areas of noncompliance in SEMS audits.
Lifeline Strategies is launching a one-day class with teach people in the oil and gas industry how to create SEMS-compliant procedures, use best practices to write procedures that make sense and can become an important tool to identify and control hazards.
The first class will be held in Houston on March 28th. For this class, we are offering a special introductory offer of $50 per student!
The class will teach you how to:
- Write procedures that comply with the Safety and Environmental Management Systems (SEMS) rules.
- Follow best practices to create procedures that are easy to understand and use on location.
- Use procedures as a powerful safety tool to identify and control hazards.
- Manage procedures as a system.
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I can’t make it, but let me know about new classes.
If you would like to know about future classes or hold one at your office, contact us at Info@lifelinestrategies.com.
COME TO A PRESENTATION
In addition to the class, I will be also presenting talks on using operating procedures to enhance safety twice in the next month.
Thibodeaux, LA, Tuesday, March 21: ASSE Bayou Chapter lunch meeting, 11:30 at Nicholls State in Thibodeaux. The charge is $25 to help fund the chapter. Register by emailing the ASSE Bayou Chapter here.
Houston, TX, Thursday, April 14: ASSE Energy Corridor Section, Spring Creek BBQ, 2100 Katy Fwy, Katy, TX. You do not have to be an ASSE member to attend.
The Administration’s released its budget plan this morning. It is called a blueprint and gives an overview rather than a detailed view. The full budget request will come out in the next month or so, then it is up to Congress to decide on the actual numbers.
The short message is no surprise – Increases for defense and border security with cuts in domestic programs to offset the increases. Some of those domestic programs are closely tied to agencies that have a strong safety mission. While the blueprint does not say exactly what will happen for most programs, it gives some picture of what may be coming when the full budget request is released. Here’s what it looks like: Continue reading “Safety Agencies May See Big Cuts In New Budget”
What a long strange trip its been when it comes to the advent of legalized (at least at the state level) marijuana. Pot use has come up over and over in the area of workers compensation. Should medicinal use be covered? Is use at the time of an injury a workers comp deal-killer?
But even among all of these new issues, this case stands out as a head-scratcher. Continue reading “Should Workers Comp Cover Injury from a “Bad Trip?””
Badly written or poorly followed operating procedures have been linked to more than half of offshore oil and gas accidents. Auditors continually identify them as weaknesses in SEMS plans. In the last couple of years, BSEE has fined companies thousands of dollars for bad operating procedures.
We’ll be giving two presentations on how to use procedures as a powerful safety tool in the next month:
Thibodeaux, LA, Tuesday, March 21: ASSE Bayou Chapter lunch meeting, 11:30 at Nicholls State Student Union in Houma. The charge is $25 to help fund the chapter. Register by emailing the Bayou Chapter officers at email@example.com.
Houston, TX, Thursday, April 14: ASSE Energy Corridor Section, Spring Creek BBQ, 2100 Katy Fwy, Katy, Texas.
Continue reading “Come To Our Presentation On Operating Procedures As A Powerful Offshore Safety Tool”
Companies that have been through the brutal downturn in oil are coming to realize that what we thought would be a boom is sounding more like a pop. Even though we are clearly in a recovery, prices have been stuck in a narrow range (low-to-mid $50’s for West Texas Intermediate) for more than three months. The slogan has become Lower for Longer and industry needs to think through what that means, including safety departments.
Continue reading “Oil Prices: What Lower For Longer Means”
In the last post, I looked at OSHA’s apparent about face on its policy of publicly calling out companies that violate safety regulations. Under the Obama Administration, OSHA sent out a news release whenever it hit a company with a large fine, but that stopped abruptly when Donald Trump was sworn-in.
Continue reading “OSHA Under The Budget Ax”
The practice has been called Name and Shame or just The Shame Game. Under the Obama Administration, OSHA would publicize large fines on businesses, usually when the fines were levied. The idea was that the publicity would do as much as a fine to encourage businesses to adopt safer practices.
In December for example, OSHA put out 30 news releases identifying companies that had been cited for safety violations. For the first three weeks of January, OSHA put out 16 news releases. And then suddenly, the news releases stopped….right before Donald Trump’s Inauguration. OSHA is still fining violators; about 50 have been cited since the last public news release. The citations are still being posted on the OSHA website. However, OSHA is not going out of its way to call out the violators publicly. Continue reading “The Future of OSHA: End of The Shame Game?”
The Centers For Disease Control came out with a startling report this month. A CDC survey on hearing found that one out of every five Americans in their 20’s have some hearing loss. Since hearing generally deteriorates with age, evidence that so many your adults already have hearing loss makes it a bit of a time bomb for the future.
The CDC also found two other significant trends. The first is that fully a quarter of the people surveyed who said they had good to excellent hearing actually had some hearing loss, meaning that we can’t exactly “trust our ears” to tell us when we have hearing loss. Gradual changes may not be apparent to us. Continue reading “Hearing Loss – Is This The Next Big Workplace Injury Challenge?”
The famous actress Mae West said, “Too much of a good thing can be wonderful.” Maybe so, but news from Australia indicates that putting too much emphasis on reducing lost time injury statistics is producing some less-than-wonderful unintended consequences. Continue reading “Gaming The Injury System: Australian Postal Services Gets Called Out”