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.
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Continue reading “Oil Prices: What Lower For Longer Means”
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Continue reading “OSHA Under The Budget Ax”
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- Specific skills, knowledge, training and safe work practices can be identified and applied, and
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Continue reading “High Cost of Operating Procedure Problems Offshore”
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