July 2016, Vol. 243, No. 7

Features

SEMS: A Solution to Eliminate or Reduce Accidents, Improve Safety

A worker makes a mistake on an offshore platform that causes equipment damage or maybe even an oil spill. More often than not, the employee will be retrained or fired, but will that solve the circumstances that led to the incident in the first place? In my view, the mistake was the result of a management system failure and until the root cause is addressed, the same mistake could happen again. The oil and gas industry and regulators recognize the importance of the management system in creating a culture where employees are properly trained and the work environment prevents lapses, slips, mistakes or violations. A good management system is focused on preventing failures. It was for this reas

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