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Introduction to offshore production facilities and safety requirements

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  • Offshore production systems
  • Shallow water platforms
  • Floating production systems
  • Offshore safety requirements
  • Examples of offshore accidents

The basis of offshore safety – Piper Alpha accident

  • Detailed review of the Piper Alpha accident
  • The management of safety
  • Management’s role and responsibility for safety
  • Shareholder response

The Safety Case approach

  • Basis of Safety Case
  • Identification of risks
  • Quantitative risk assessment
  • ALARP Principle
  • Safety critical elements
  • Verification and audit

Hazard Identification including HAZOP

  • Hazard identification principles
  • HAZID – methodologies
  • HAZOP – methodologies
  • FMECA – key methodologies

Offshore risk management

  • Risk and risk analysis
  • Basis of risk management
  • Risk management tools and techniques
  • Accident/incident prevention
  • Limitation of accident consequence
  Other safety regimes
  • Rule bases regulations
  • Company regulations
  • National and international regulations
  • Requirements for floating production hosts
  • Environmental issues
  • Security issues

Human Factors in safety

  • Theories of Human Factors
  • System induced error models
  • Relationship between policy failures and errors
  • Methods to reduce the potential for human error
  • Examples

Examining various offshore job positions and their responsibilities

  • The organisation of offshore facilities
  • Mission and key activities for the Offshore Installations Manager
  • Examining other key positions
  • Life offshore
  • Various emergency situations
  • Facilities documentation and reference system

Safety in drilling

  • Review of major drilling disasters
  • Daily drilling safety issues
  • Drilling safety awareness programs
  • National Government safety actions

Reliability engineering in safety

  • Definition of reliability
  • Reliability in safety
  • Failure and causes of failure
  • Reliability index and analysis of supplied systems and components
  • Reliability, Availability and Maintainability (RAM) analysis
  • Examples

Examining and assessing offshore risks

  • Examples of offshore risk
  • Classification of risk
  • Objectives in risk management
  • Meaning of the term risk
  • Risk equation and analysis
  • Risk mitigation

Offshore preparation and work in safety

  • Classification of operations
  • Principles and processes for preparing operations
  • Procedures and processes for executing operations
  • Principles for safe execution of work
  • Permit to work system

Offshore emergency response planning and execution

  • Presentation of the Emergence Response Plan (ERP)
  • Description of the process
  • Organisation and role of each team
  • Actions during an emergency

Case studies of offshore incidents

  • Review of past major offshore incidents
  • Damage to platforms
  • Helicopter incidents
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