Writing Operating Procedures: 5 Tips (plus 1) For Working With An SME

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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Operating Procedures Presentation @ ASSE Bayou Chapter

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 info@lifelinestrategies.com.

Special Discount on Operating Procedures Class

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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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.

Come To Our Presentation On Operating Procedures As A Powerful Offshore Safety Tool

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  wren_lemmon1@yahoo.com.

Houston, TX, Thursday, April 14:  ASSE Energy Corridor Section, Spring Creek BBQ, 2100 Katy Fwy, Katy, Texas.

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