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  • Effective barrier management – a key component of sustainable process safety performance

    By W Ian Hamilton and Dr Martyn Ramsden The previous issue of Platform carried an article on the link between process safety and sustainability in the oil and gas industry.  It was argued that process safety management (PSM) should take a more...

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  • Improving safety behavior – an African perspective

    By Gary McFadden and Martyn Ramsden How do you improve process safety behavior in order to reduce the risk of a major incident?  This was a question we sought to answer as part of an ERM presentation at the recent SPE conference and exhibition in...

    Risk Management
  • Reviewing offshore fire and blast protection

    By Kevin Kinsella The regular assessment and review of fire and blast protection is a critical activity for offshore operators. It can have far reaching implications for the continued operation and integrity of the asset. Fully understanding the...

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  • Managing risk via the web

    By Stephen Shaw Getting the right risk management information to the right people at the right time is difficult. Keeping that information current can be a further challenge for oil and gas operators and their contractors. Information distribution...

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  • Defining Human Factors

    A recent ERM webinar raised questions about how to quantify and integrate Human Factors, reports Charles Schalkwyk. New process safety regulations are encouraging oil and gas operators to adopt a more systematic approach to Human Factors (HF). Thi...

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  • US regulator highlights risk-based approach

    by Stephen Shaw Risk management featured strongly at the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) held in May in Houston, Texas, indicating its growing importance among the US regulatory community. As part of his keynote address at the event, the US...

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  • The Process Safety Dashboard

    by Richard Rowe and Peter Franke ERM’s Risk Management and Information Solutions specialists have been reviewing prototype options for a new Process Safety Dashboard. This work is based on the Oil & Gas sector’s interest in a sophisticated, high...

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  • Quantifying the risks of hydraulic fracturing

    by Alexander Cox Hydraulic fracturing continues to be a newsworthy topic in different parts of the world. Aside from what they see in the media, stakeholders require robust information in order to assess the risks and opportunities that may arise...

    Risk Management
  • Managing Asset Integrity

    As the lifespan of offshore assets continues to extend, a growing number of operators are looking at a targeted, risk-based inspection regime from the start of their operation. In the interview below, Richard Rowe, a Risk Management Partner at ERM...

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  • Brunei regulator puts Human Factors in the spotlight

    By Charles Schalkwyk The inclusion of Human Factors as part of the new Control of Major Accident Hazards (COMAH) Regulations in Brunei could bring about a step change in safety management for a number of oil and gas companies in the country. The...

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  • Aberdeen delegates are updated on the EU Offshore Safety Directive

    James Davies unpicks some of the issues More than 180 oil and gas industry delegates gathered in Aberdeen recently for an update of the implications of the EU’s Offshore Safety Directive for operators in the UK North Sea. The message from the...

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  • ERM showcases risk management and other services in Nairobi

    Risk management, process safety and human factors will be among the topics featured at this year’s SPE Africa Summit, which takes place in Nairobi, Kenya on 10-12 June. ERM is a Gold Sponsor at the event, the SPE African Health, Safety, Security,...

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  • Making process safety risk assessment part of the transaction process

    By Richard Rowe and Linda Zwick   The recent news that Shell expects to sell a further US$15 billion-worth of upstream and downstream assets will have raised the intense interest of other O&G companies  and their advisers in different parts of the...

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  • What’s the case for a US version of the safety case?

    By Stephen Shaw What’s the case for a risk-based approach to process safety in the US? Arguably a strong one and getting stronger, given the rising cost of major accidents. Oil and gas companies, not to mention the relevant regulatory authorities,...

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  • Risk papers at SPE Long Beach event

    Consultants from ERM’s risk business will present three papers at this year’s SPE International Conference on Health, Safety and Environment which takes place in Long Beach, California from the 17-19 March and includes ERM as a Gold Sponsor. The...

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  • A QRA approach to pipeline failure

    The next generation of oil and gas pipelines must be robust, cost effective and fit for purpose. Failure is not an option. Given the challenge facing a number of ERM clients in this area, there was considerable interest in a paper presented by Gle...

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  • Delegates seek clarity at Atlantic Ireland 2013

    By Walter Bruton and David Ruddock There is a real sense of interest and momentum developing around exploration opportunities in the Irish Offshore. This was evident at the 4th Annual Atlantic Ireland Conference in Dublin towards the end of 2013, ...

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  • Better by design

    Human error is the cause of most major accidents. This was one of the central messages to come out of a presentation by Ian Hamilton, ERM’s Global Human Factors Lead Partner, who spoke recently at the Energy Institute Human Factors Application in...

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  • Rising environmental concerns point to a more integrated approach to offshore safety

    By Kevin Kinsella and Rob Steer The cost of clean-up in relation to the Deepwater Horizon incident is undoubtedly bringing about a shift in thinking around offshore risk management. While keeping people safe and reducing the risk of accidents...

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  • Ten rules for smart bowtie analysis

    By Martyn Ramsden In the complex world of industrial safety, a “smart bowtie” has nothing to do with dressing for dinner. Stemming as it does from risk assessment and safety case work in the 1980s by the oil and gas industry, the bowtie approach i...

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  • EU Offshore Safety Directive indicates a more integrated approach

    Operators of offshore oil and gas installations in European waters will be expected to take a more proactive, preventative approach to the control of major accident hazards following the introduction of the EU Offshore Safety Directive on 12 June...

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