Dismantlement and resource management is a key part of the decommissioning process.
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Decommissioning is a multi-phase, technically challenging process that occurs over an extended period. The complexity of the process depends on the location, size and type of installation, and is influenced by several interrelated issues, including regulatory requirements, environmental sensitivities, cost, removal options and timings.
Initial Confined Space Entry (CSE) gas testing is normally completed from outside the confined space with the use of probes and pumps. If anyone has been permitted to enter a confined space, to complete either further gas testing or any scope of work, a Standby Person, Watch Keeper or Observer, depending on company terminology, must be present outside.
Due to the nature of safety critical production environments, the risk of flammable and toxic gases can be high. Whether they are from process equipment or created by work activities, all must be tested for, and the working environments must be monitored at all times. The authorised gas tester (AGT) role is responsible for performing gas tests on site and ensuring that atmospheres are safe to work in.
Gas releases and other atmospheric changes can be extremely dangerous in the workplace. They can cause serious injury and death by asphyxiation; and, with the potential for fire and explosion, severe damage to plant and the surrounding environment as well. They are particularly hazardous to people working in confined spaces and during hot work activities.
Based on the 2015/16 RIDDOR report, Dropped Objects are the second most common incident type being experienced offshore in the UK. For operators in this industry, it is a priority to protect their employees by reducing these types of incidents.
Did you know that slips, trips or falls had the highest rate of non-fatal injuries to employees in the UK in 2015/16, as reported in the HSE RIDDOR report? A total of 20,294 employees slipped, tripped or fell that year.
8.9 million days of work were lost in 2016/17 due to back, neck and muscle problems, or Work Related Musculoskeletal Disorders (WRMSDs), according to the Health & Safety Executive (HSE).
Attitudes, Assessment & Minimising Risk
Our first blog has been compiled in partnership with our CMIOSH a Chartered safety and health practitioner and Offshore Medic. Stuart has over 16 years' experience in the oil and gas industry in various roles and in challenging conditions around the world.