API Workshop

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API Standards & Safety and Environmental Management Systems

Tuesday, 26th May 13.00-16.00

Part 1: API Standards – the original vehicle for technology transfer and lessons learned

Presenter: David Miller, Director, Standards, API, USA
Objective & expectation of the workshop:
Knowledge of API’s standards development program and the use of API standards in both operations and regulations.

What benefits and learnings will participants gain from this workshop?

  1. API background and history as a standards-setting body,
  2. API committee structure
  3. API’s ANSI accredited standards development process, format and style guide
  4. Best practices in standards development,
  5. Industry and regulatory use of API standards.


Workshop Abstract:

Since 1924, API has been the leader in developing voluntary industry standards that promote reliability and safety through the use of proven engineering practices. The API Standards Program is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), the authority on U.S. standards, and undergoes regular program audits to ensure it meets ANSI’s Essential Requirements of openness, balance, consensus and due process. This is the same body that accredits programs at several national laboratories. API’s standards are developed through a collaborative effort with industry experts, as well as the best and brightest technical experts from government, academia and other interested stakeholders. API maintains more than 600 standards—recommended practices, specifications, codes, technical publications, reports and studies—that cover all aspects of the oil and natural gas industry, including 240 focused on exploration and production activities. API standards are reviewed on a regular basis to ensure they remain current, with the normal review cycle being five years, although some standards may be reviewed more frequently based on advances in technology or other demonstrations of need. API’s standards are referenced in federal regulations because they are recognized to be industry best practices. For example, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) references 88 API standards in its offshore regulations, including API RP 75, “Development of a Safety and Environmental Management Program for Offshore Operations and Facilities”, the base document for the Center for Offshore Safety. Overall, over 130 API standards are referenced in more than 270 citations by U.S. government agencies, including the Coast Guard, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Federal Trade Commission, the Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, in addition to BSEE. API’s standards are also widely cited by international regulators. A recent study on the use of standards by international regulators in 14 producing regions found that “API standards are dominating, with 225 references, including 49 API Manual of Petroleum Measurement (MPMS) standards.”

Part 2: Safety and Environmental Management Systems – a Foundation for Enhanced Safety Culture

Presenter: Charlie Williams, Executive Director, Center for Offshore Safety, USA
Objective & expectation of the workshop:
Demonstrate that Safety and Environmental Management Systems (SEMS) are a key barriers to major incidents and the Foundation for Enhanced Safety Culture

What benefits and learnings will participants gain from this workshop?

  1. SEMS must be a continuous learning process based on the analysis of safety audit results, safety indicators, and learning from incidents data,
  2. A collaborative environment and process can develop good SEMS tools,
  3. SEMS is a sound foundation for enhancing safety culture,
  4. Good safety culture should appropriately consider both individual safety and system safety,
  5. SEMS must be driven by leadership,
  6. Use of the safety barrier concept is a useful tool for identifying safety performance indicators and enhancing skills and knowledge.

Workshop Abstract:

Following the Horizon incident in the US Gulf of Mexico there has been both a US and worldwide renewed focus on promoting the highest level of safety for the offshore oil and gas industry. Based on Horizon reports and regulatory changes, the focus in the US has been on both enhancing and developing performance based Safety and Environmental Management Systems (SEMS) whose performance is assessed by auditing. SEMS should be a sustainable learning system that continuously enhances and improves both itself and a good safety culture. In the US, the Center for Offshore Safety (COS) was formed to collaboratively develop SEMS effectiveness and auditing tools. The COS is based on the US Presidential Commission recommendations and SEMS studies by the industry. The formation, operation, and results of COS will be presented including the following SEMS effectiveness tools and techniques: leadership site engagement, data bases and analysis, auditing, audit and auditor certification and training, safety performance indicators, learning from incidents, and skills and knowledge development and assurance. Lastly, the plans and programs of COS to continue SEMS enhancements into the future will be presented.

Limited places are available only for registered delegates and speakers on a first come first served basis - all enquiries should be made on-site starting 26th May, morning, at the Hotel directly with the organisers.

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