Energy Corridor Section Meeting

Posted: Feb 01, 2017

  • April 13, 2017
    11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Topic: Operating Procedures: Underused Tool for Safety and Quality?
The offshore SEMS rules, PHMSA pipeline rules and OSHA PSM rules all require the use of procedures. However, many oil and gas industry companies have inadequate or no procedures for many operations.  Of the ones that do have procedures, many bypass safety departments in developing them and write procedures that are difficult to understand or use in the field. As a result, they are missing out on a valuable tool to identify and control on-the-job hazards. The talk will look at how medicine and aviation use procedures to consistently improve safety. It will look at best practices for involving safety managers in the process of developing procedures and for using them to help speed up competency for new personnel, focus training on task-specific skills and create simple, effective skills and knowledge competency programs.
​Speaker: Ken Wells (Lifeline Strategies)
​Ken Wells is the President of Lifeline Strategies, a consulting firm focusing on addressing client needs in safety management, government advocacy and compliance and occupational medicine.  Mr. Wells was deeply involved in the implementation of the offshore Safety and Environmental Management Systems (SEMS) Rule, advising operators and contractors on interpreting and complying with SEMS requirements.  He developed the most widely attended classes on understanding SEMS and developing SEMS skills and knowledge programs, as wells as the basic awareness training on SEMS given to most offshore workers.  He holds an MBA and lives in Kingwood, TX.



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