Quick True-or-False Question: United Airlines kicked a passenger off one of its planes last week and, when he wouldn’t leave, the airline dragged him off the plane.
False, but you would hardly know that from reading the news reports on the incident. In fact, it happened on a United Express flight that was operated and staffed by Republic Airways and the passenger was pulled off the plane by Chicago Department of Aviation personnel, as angry United pilots have made clear. Continue reading “Hidden Lesson From United Airlines Debacle”
Lifeline Strategies has launched a new class on writing effective, compliant operating procedures, especially under the offshore Safety and Environmental Management Systems (SEMS) regulations. SEMS has very specific requirements for operating procedures. Auditors, the Center for Offshore Safety and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement have all identified operating procedures as one of the top areas for improvement. Make sure your company is following the rules!
Classes are scheduled for: Continue reading “Sign Up Now For Our Next Operating Procedures Classes or Attend a Free Preview This Week.”
I got a surprise in teaching our first class on writing compliant operating procedures last week – The one topic that produced the most participant discussion was on how to work with Subject Matter Experts (SMEs). Everyone in the class agreed that SMEs are critically important in developing quality procedures, but everyone also seemed to have a war story about the problems of working with an SME. With that in mind, here are five tips (plus one extra) for making the process of working with an SME go smoothly.
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The U.S. Coast Guard has been beefing up its offshore oil and gas expertise and now has launched a newsletter aimed at communicating with the offshore industry. The newsletter, named DRILL DOWN, is produced by the Outer Continental Shelf National Center of Expertise. The first issue came out on March 27th, quickly followed by a second newsletter a few days later. You can access them and all future newsletters by clicking here. The first two letters are more of an introduction to the center of expertise. The Coast Guard is soliciting questions and comments from industry and the public and will use the newsletter to engage and inform on its work and interpretation of the regulations.
The OCS center was formed in 2009 to provide a focal point for subject matter expertise on offshore compliance and safety that falls under the Coast Guard’s authority. That includes inspection of Offshore Supply Vessels (OSVs), Mobile Offshore Drilling Units (MODUs), and Production Facilities as well as incident investigations.
When many companies think about managing workplace injuries, they may think about OSHA reporting rules, light duty and avoiding litigation, but the real key to improving outcomes and holding down costs is to get inside the worker’s head, according to a new study.
A white paper looks at the RMS Workers’ Compensation Benchmarking Study for 2016, which asked companies to rank the biggest obstacles to improving claim outcomes. The number one obstacle wasn’t lawsuits, return-to-work problems or late reporting of injuries (although those were high on the list). The top problem was addressing what the study calls “Psychosocial Roadblocks.” Continue reading “Why Getting In Workers’ Heads May Be Key to Reducing Injury Impact”
The Coast Guard just issued a safety alert for the offshore oil and gas industry that highlights the extra level of care that needs to go into offshore facilities. You can’t just walk away from an offshore facility and when things go wrong offshore there is always the potential for them to go wrong in a big, big way.
In this case the incident was minor, the potential consequences were very high and the incident was completely and totally avoidable. According to the Coast Guard, there was a fire in a portable accommodation unit on an offshore facility. The crew woke to the sound of the fire alarm, acted quickly and professionally to control the fire and got some help from a nearby vessel.
The cause of the fire was a stove that was installed incorrectly on the portable
unit. The manufacturer’s instructions indicated that the clearance between the stove and any combustible construction material needed to be at least six inches. However, the stove had actually been installed less than an inch from a wall made of combustible wood and fiber-reinforced plastic and covered with stainless steel sheeting, which conducted the heat.
Normally, the Coast Guard would review specifications for modules on drilling units, but, since this was a fixed platform, there was no review. it is worth adding that the SEMS rule requires that operators identify hazards and ensure mechanical integrity.
But the bottom line is that offshore work involves some unique safety challenges, but failing to follow the manufacturer’s instructions should not be one of them. And the Coast Guard shouldn’t have to remind industry on something this basic.
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 13: 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?””