Offshore Safety Management

Offshore Safety Management

Implementing a SEMS Program

2nd Edition - November 22, 2013

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  • Author: Ian Sutton
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323262873

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Offshore Safety Management, Second Edition provides an experienced engineer's perspective on the new Safety and Environmental System (SEMS) regulations for offshore oil and gas drilling, how they compare to prior regulations, and how to implement the new standards seamlessly and efficiently. The second edition is greatly expanded, with increased coverage of technical areas such as engineering standards and drilling, and procedural areas such as safety cases and formal safety assessments. The new material both complements the SEMS coverage and increases the book's relevance to a global audience. Following the explosion, fire, and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon floating drilling rig in April 2010, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulations, and Enforcement (BOEMRE) issued many new regulations. One of them was the Safety and Environmental System rule, which is based on the American Petroleum Institute's SEMP recommended practice, finalized in April 2013. Author Ian Sutton explains the SEMS rule, and describes what must be done to achieve compliance. Each of the twelve elements of the SEMS rule (such as Management of Change and Safe Work Practices) is described in the book, and guidance is provided on how to meet BOEMRE requirements.

Key Features

  • Detailed explanation of how to implement the new SEMS standard for offshore operations
  • Ties the new regulations in with existing safety management approaches, helping managers leverage existing processes and paperwork
  • With CEOs now signing off on compliance paperwork, this book provides expert insights so you can get SEMS compliance right the first time

Table of Contents

  • Preface


    Chapter 1. Risk Management


    Impact of Deepwater Horizon/Macondo

    Process safety trends

    Safety management systems

    Organization of this book

    Historical background

    Onshore developments

    Occupational safety, process safety, and culture

    Risk management

    Safety management systems

    Measuring progress

    Safety as a causal factor



    Chapter 2. Major Offshore Events


    Titanic (1912)

    Santa Barbara (1969)

    Alexander L. Kielland (1980)

    Piper Alpha (1988)

    Exxon Valdez (1989)

    Snorre A (2004)

    Mumbai High (2005)

    Blackbeard (2006)

    Montara (2009)

    Gullfaks C (2010)

    Deepwater Horizon/Macondo (2010)


    Effect of regulations


    Chapter 3. Safety Offshore


    Drilling, production, and pipelines

    Offshore safety issues


    Persons on board



    Hydrogen sulfide

    Dropped objects

    Helicopter operations

    Ship collisions


    Chapter 4. Regulations and Standards


    Types of regulation


    Offshore regulatory agencies (U.S.)

    Other agencies

    Industry organizations

    Engineering standards


    Chapter 5. Safety and Environmental Management Systems


    RP 75

    Organization of the rule


    Acronyms and definition

    Elements of SEMS


    Safety and environmental information

    Hazards analysis

    Management of Change

    Operating procedures

    Safe work practices/JSAs


    Mechanical integrity

    Prestartup review

    Emergency response and control

    Investigation of incidents


    Records and documentation

    Stop Work Authority

    Ultimate Work Authority

    Employee participation

    Reporting of unsafe conditions



    Chapter 6. Contractors


    Regulations and standards

    Center for Offshore Safety guidance


    Smaller contractors

    Chapter 7. Implementing SEMS


    Designing a SEMS program

    Quick start

    Step 1—Determine the objectives

    Step 2—Create the organization

    Step 3—Develop a plan

    Step 4—Implement the plan

    Step 5—Audit/improve

    Chapter 8. Safety Cases


    Safety Case definition

    Different industries

    Features of a Safety Case

    Length of the safety case

    Major accidents

    International Association of Drilling Contractors Health Safety and Environment Case Guidelines

    Structure of a Safety Case

    Maintaining the Safety Case

    Effectiveness of Safety Cases

    Convergence of standards


    Chapter 9. Formal Safety Analysis



    Elements of a Formal Safety Assessment

    Assumptions Register

    Quantitative Risk Assessment

    Fault Tree Analysis

    Event Tree Analysis

    Facility layout and equipment arrangement

    Flare and radiation analysis

    Material handling assessment/dropped objects


    Fire and gas detection

    Fire-resistant clothing

    Gas dispersion analysis

    Fire and explosion analysis

    Emergency systems survivability analysis

    Escape, Evacuation, and Rescue Analysis

    Nonhydrocarbon chemicals

    Greenhouse gas emissions

    Noise and vibration

    Human factors




Product details

  • No. of pages: 352
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © William Andrew 2013
  • Published: November 22, 2013
  • Imprint: William Andrew
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323262873

About the Author

Ian Sutton

Ian Sutton is a chemical engineer with over thirty years of experience in the process industries. He has worked on the design and operation of chemical plants, offshore platforms, refineries, pipelines and mineral processing facilities. He has extensive experience in the development and implementation of process safety management and operational excellence programs. He has published multiple books including Process Risk and Reliability Management, 2nd Edition and Offshore Safety Management, 2nd Edition, both published by Elsevier.

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Principal, Sutton Technical Books

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