Guidelines for developping road safety procedures

Transport related accidents are responsible for the larger percentage of lost time accidents and fatalities. To ensure a safe operation it is essential to prepare procedures and guidelines for staff,…

Waste Management - WBM and drilling fluid performance

Waste Management - WBM and drilling fluid performance

Water Based Mud (WBM) systems have been the traditional drilling fluids since the early days of the oil industry. Deeper, hotter wells, more deviated and with increasing well path tortuosity have…

Waste Management - UK Regulaitons

Waste Management -  UK Regulaitons

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) regulates environmental aspects of the UK offshore E&P industry. The Scottish Office Agriculture, Environment and Fisheries Department (SOAEFD) and The…

Safety Organisation and Responsibilities

The Company is responsible for the implementation of safe operating procedures for both Company and Contractors' operations. The Contractors are responsible for developing procedures that apply to…

Waste Management - Mud Containment Equipment

Waste Management - Mud Containment Equipment

One of the recommendations of the UKOOA was that all UK operators should ensure that all installations contracted to or operated by them have oil mud containment systems in place. The guidelines…

HSE Compliance and Code of Conduct - Consequence Matrix

HSE Compliance and Code of Conduct - Consequence Matrix

HSE Compliance and Code of Conduct - Consequence Matrix



Implementation, Supervision, Verification and Control

Responsibilities for the implementation, supervision, verification and control of drilling operations are listed in the following table:



Quality Control

Provide input to…

Adverse Weather Conditions

Basic types of adverse weather conditions (extreme temperature, freezing and wind) and the precautions to be taken.

1  Extreme Temperatures

Extreme temperatures affect the safety of personnel…

Ergonomic principles in the design of work systems

Technological, economic, organizational and human factors affect the work behaviour and well-being of people as part of the work system. The design of the work systems shall satisfy human requirements…

Road Safety Plan

Driving remains one of the highest risk activities carried out within the oil and gas exploration industry on a daily basis (according to OGP). Driving risk increases in countries where driving habits…

Guidelines for developping Security Policy and Procedures

Guidelines for preparing security policy and procedures for exploration projets.

A Company can be affected by four main types of security problems:

  • general political unrest;
  • organised political…

Inspections requirements for drillng operations

Inspections should be undertaken by the Department Head who will be responsible for managing the relevant contract. An inspection should check that the item complies with relevant regulations or code…

Storage of Dangerous Goods (Explosives and R.A. Sources)

The following procedure for storage of explosives and radioactive materials shall apply to the well operations and shall be used to control the access to the locked storage magazines for both the…

Slickline Safety Instructions

  • Have a good prejob meeting with the whole crew, inform the crane driver and check with him the correct signs for crane movements. Run together through the program, shortly explain the purpose.
  • Make…

Rig team responsibility during emergency response

Responsibilities of the rig team in case of emergency and provide definition for the different Emergency levels.

1. Company drilling supervisor

  • Responsible to take immediate responsive action to…

Emergency Preparedness Program

The purpose is to ensure operational follow-up of the performed risk analyses, emergency preparedness analyses, and any other recommendations from the Health, Safety and Environmental cases prepared…

Typical deficiencies encountered in drilling operations

This article presents a summary of the main deficiencies encountered in drilling operations

1 Lifting equipment

All equipment used for lifting must have the safe working load clearly marked on it.…


This article describe the key Safety standards in Drilling Operations;

Audit questionnaire

1 Communication and motivation

  • Are rig site and office based safety meetings minuted?
  • Distributed to all involved/concerned parties?
  • Are identified action items reviewed and formally closed out?
  • Do…

Simultaneous/ Concurrent Operations

Producing or conducting well intervention operations in adjacent wells during drilling operations is a potentially hazardous situation.  In simultaneous drilling/production operations a risk…

Key Safety Standard in Drilling Operations

1          Personnel

Work shall be restricted in all areas below other work being carried out at higher levels.

Work vests shall be worn by all personnel…

Drilling Risk Register

This article is an example (MS Excel format) of a Risk Register for a standard land well;

Risk Register Example

Summary of deficiencies in rig operations

1. Safety management

1.1 Safety meetings

 Rig site meetings held on a weekly basis with short 'toolbox' meetings subject to operational requirement. 5-10 minute safety briefing before each shift…

Deficiencies in Safety Management Systems

Main deficiencies encountered in the safety management system of drilling operations

1 Safety meetings

Rig site meetings held on a weekly basis with short 'toolbox' meetings subject to operational…

Guidelines for developping HSE Policy and procedures

This article present some guidelines for setting up HSE policy and procedures for exploration projects.

1. General

1.1 Policy

"Health, Safety and Environment" are the aspects of activities which…

Drilling safety guidelines

Drilling safety guidelines

The drilling safety guidelines identify basic elements of a safety programme applicable for exploration, development, or workover operations.

1 Responsibilities

Safety is the responsibility of…

Waste Management Strategy - cuttings discharge

Waste Management Strategy - cuttings discharge

As part of the continuous drive to improve environmental performance, drill cuttings discharges must be addressed and recommendations made for reducing the environmental impact of this waste stream.…

Waste Management - Cuttings re-injection

Waste Management - Cuttings re-injection

The process of grinding drill cuttings to form a slurry which is then pumped downhole, either into a dedicated disposal well or into the annulus of an existing well, has been used since the early…

Waste management - Transport of cuttings to shore for disposal

Waste management - Transport of cuttings to shore for disposal

The option of transporting drill cuttings from the rig has a number of attractions. Unlike the use of WBM or CRI, the skip and ship option can in principle be applied to any drilling operation from…