Petrotechnics Set to Share Expertise at Leading Energy Sector Health and Safety Event in Houston


15 September 2011

Delegates attending the upcoming HSE Risk Management and Process Safety in Oil and Gas 2011 conference in Houston, are set to benefit from the expertise of Petrotechnics’ head of projects, Simon Jones, who will discuss best practice in risk management and frontline execution.

The event, which is being held today (September 15) and tomorrow, is a platform for professionals from across the energy sector to share their knowledge on ways in which to improve, enhance and optimise safety processes and culture in the oil and gas industry.

Operational Risk Management (ORM) is now a board-level challenge for all companies in hazardous industries, while the control of frontline operations has changed very little in the past 40 years. Mr Jones will discuss how enterprise work execution solutions, such as Petrotechnics’ Sentinel PRO®system, provide a platform through which rules and procedures can be operationalised.

He will also present ways in which technology can be used to integrate and extend competencies while serving as the system of record for frontline work execution data, thereby delivering enhanced Process Safety Management (PSM).

The potential impact of regulatory change post-Macondo continues to feature heavily in industry debate, with a feeling of uncertainty towards the effect of future legislation. Petrotechnics already works with several US oil and gas majors across the region, with projects undertaken in Texas City and the Gulf of Mexico. Its involvement will prove a vital contribution to the event. Petrotechnics is also a silver sponsor of the conference.

Sentinel PRO® provides an effective solution to the challenges in the unstructured and dynamic nature of managing operations, maintenance and associated activity in the hazardous process industries. It manages frontline work execution by providing an operational structure for rules, procedures and processes, linking permits to work with the risk assessment and isolation management processes. This creates a fully integrated control of work system that records frontline work execution data.

The system allows operators to work more efficiently, incorporating clear process flows for request and approval of work, a direct link to relevant operating procedures, readily-accessible archives of previous work (including lessons learned) and area, site and plant-level overview of all controlled work by approval stage, location, time, type and risk level.

Mr Jones said: “The United States is an ever-expanding market for operators, but there is always room for improvement with regard to health and safety. Our Sentinel PRO® system helps to ensure the correct processes are in place thereby helping to eliminate potentially hazardous conditions.

Our involvement in this conference will allow us to share knowledge in our area of expertise, while allowing us to meet and network with like-minded professionals from across the oil and gas industry.”

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