Tuesday, 25 June 2024 / 13:40


Identifying, eliminating or reducing hazards in drilling industry

North Drilling attaches great importance to protecting the health of its staff who are the main assets of the company. Therefore, by upgrading HSE methods and principles and providing education services, it tries to curb accidents and damage to human resources, equipment and the environment as much as possible.

In this regard, the North Drilling HSE Department applying the following tools and methods for identifying, eliminating or curbing safety hazards on an acceptable scale:

  • Carrying out periodic and random inspections of drilling equipment, workshops and installations based on daily checklists in order to indentify points of risk and adopt preventive measures for enhancing the quality of safety indices, optimization of workplace conditions, preventing possible accidents, reducing costs, boosting standing and satisfying the clients
  • Safety inspection of routine and non-routine processes of drilling operations (downhole and wellhead) and displacement of offshore and onshore drilling equipment
  • Presence on the scene of accidents and preparing reports for registration and making reformative and preventive measures
  • Study and analysis of accidents in order to identify the most effective factors contributing to accidents
  • Quick registration and examination of events and quasi-accidents and finding preventive solutions
  • Obligatory induction training and safety briefing for all drilling equipment
  • Risk Analysis and Management for identifying, eliminating, reducing or controlling risks
  • Formulating Emergency Reaction Plan (ERP) plan and conducting weekly exercises and maneuvers on onshore and offshore rigs
  • Installation of Permit-to-Work system
  • Installation of Safety Observation System in operational zones, logistics bases and staff buildings
  • Full installation of HSE Passport system and relevant network-based system
  • Designing and implementing network-based HSE documents system for experts to have access to the latest version of methods of execution, instructions, forms and checklists
  • Designing network-based PPE distribution
  • Launching the network-based preventive maintenance software PMS for the HSE unit in onshore and offshore drilling systems
  • Compliance with all international standards including API, NFPA, ASME, BS, ANSI and OSHA as well as codes instructed by the International Maritime Organization (IMO)

like SOLAS, MARPLE and related codes and conventions like MODU-Code, FSS-Code, FTP-Code, LSA-Code, ISM-Code and ISPS-Code for activities. As far as helideck is concerned, ICAO and national regulations have to be respected. All national standards and instructions and regional conventions on the environment as well as rules and regulations set by National Iranian Oil Company and Ministry of Petroleum must be complied with in all activities.

Safety Culture

Enhancement of the level of safety culture within the company and all across the organization will give a boost to safety measures. A positive safety culture provides an atmosphere in which issues related to safety are of significance and priority.

Plans for Better Safety Culture
a. Evaluation of Safety Culture

In order to have a correct understanding of the culture of safety in an organization or company, the following issues are taken into consideration:

  • Examining the culture of safety and introducing behavioral stimuli
  • Pathology of flaws
  • Observation of behaviors and their results (like accident reports)

This method of pathology can show to what extent the values, interpretations and understanding of the safety culture have stimulated and motivated people and to what extent people are effective. Some of helpful tools used in this process of pathology are outlined later.

b. Planning and Implementing Safety Culture

In addition to understanding and knowing the current culture, it is necessary to have an image of ideal culture. The leading elements of the company (managers and heads) must develop a steering approach with regard to the safety culture. Here are examples of plans the HSE Department is implementing in order to promote the culture of safety on onshore and offshore drilling equipment:

  • Implementing Safety Observation System in operational zones, logistics bases and staff buildings
  • Choosing the best observations and presenting plaques of honor and gifts on a monthly basis
  • Rewarding exemplary managers and service workers in terms of offshore and onshore safety
  • Holding Basic Behavior Safety (BBS) training courses
  • Printing HSE brochures and pamphlets for company staff
  • Printing and delivering HSE brochures and booklets to drilling devices
  • Listing safety warnings and learnt lessons and dissemination of information in the company as well as printing booklets for this purpose