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Safety Management system

A Safety Environmental Management System (SEMS) is an organized approach to managing safety, including the necessary organizational structures, accountabilities, policies and procedures and includes many safety activities aimed at fulfilling the program’s objectives. It is designed to identify actual and potential safety hazards; ensure that remedial action necessary to maintain an acceptable level of safety is implemented; and provide for continuous monitoring and regular assessment of the safety level achieved. The operator is responsible for the safety processes that keeps the frontline worker safe. The following is a list of processes that consist of a safety management system. No single element will meet today’s expectations for risk management. A SEMS uses an integrated application of these elements that will significantly increase the system’s resistance to unsafe acts and conditions. This is the intent of a safety management system.

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safe work manual (HSE manual)

The HSE or Safe Work Manual is a handbook which is used to guide the frontline worker on OSHA safety regulations and corporate safety processes prior to performing routine or for non-routine tasks. It is to be utilized as a resource for pre-job safety meetings and as a student reference during training on Ascent Energy safety processes. Copies will be supplied to the frontline worker, office staff and a digital copy will be maintained on the Ascent Energy intranet in order to quickly deliver updated changes to the frontline.

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Operational excellence

A global fortune 100 corporation requested a safety solution that involved improving procedural discipline which delivers safety results as a byproduct. The project centered around safety solutions that focused on operational excellence through eliminating common worker mistakes and delivering procedural discipline – human factors. After 1 year of development, training and assurance, our safety solution received the corporate top award for removing common human errors, system wide for 16 segments. Below are a few examples of past events that occurred and the cost to the organization. Armed with the learnings from these incidents our team developed safety solutions that eliminated the threat of a similar event from occurring again.

1. Keynote Presentations

  • Operational Excellence
  • Human Factors
  • Incident Reporting / BBS


2. Development of Operating Procedures


Learning is a "linear process" that includes studying and understanding basic systems, normal procedures, and emergency procedures in an operational setting. Step by Step procedures and checklists must mirror the users mental model in terms of goals - what to do, when, how, which option to choose to best achieve the safest and most efficient goals. Step by step procedures will describe the operation of equipment and the interaction of co-workers in the operational context without leaving the frontline worker any questions or assumptions – it is written with concept of operational-need-to know.  Once completed, they will capture the optimum efficient processes and improve safety to your corporate operating system.  In addition to its contents, step by step procedures are developed utilizing human factor operational ergonomics which offer the following advantages for the reader:  Reduced reading time (easier and faster access to information); Reduced risks of interpretation errors (enhanced understanding); and faster learning (better information capture and organizational retention).  Standard Operating Procedures establish the minimum corporate standard and pave the road to operational excellence. 

3. Development of Human Factor Checklists


Most industries have reached where the volume and complexity of the knowledge today has exceeded the abilities of workers to properly deliver execution in a consistent, correct, and safe manner.  Human Factor Checklists are an additional layer of organizational protection which are designed to trap human error and reduce risk to personnel and their management system all in less than 30 seconds. Human factor checklists are specifically designed from a list of causes from accidents, near misses or efficiency lessons. Furthermore, they utilize the methodology known as CHALLENGE and RESPONSE.  Which institutes a systematic crosscheck that verifies critical activities that have been verified completed – also known as self-verification. These checklists overcome human limitations of short-term human memory, distractions and fatigue. Human Factor Checklists are a simple yet effective tool in helping any organization achieve operational excellence.  

4. Safety Management System Build


ADE leads the oil and gas industry in facilitating the development of high quality safety management solutions.  Our safety solutions reduce corporate designated risk goals and deliver a safer work place and improve procedural discipline by the frontline workforce.  With an extensive background from the airline and military aviation, which demands zero incidents and zero accidents, we have been able to utilize the best resources from an industry that leads in risk management but still delivers operationally.  Our SEMS solutions have been successfully implemented at large and small operators, drilling contractors and service providers with successful results.  Recently, we designed a complete safety management system for a new oil operator in Texas.  Through the development of a safety management system, the operator increased safety through the implementation of work processes that protect the frontline worker.  Furthermore, the SMS program raised the expectations of the contractors and delivered accountability for following processes that kept the employee, the well and the environment safe.  


5. Accident Investigation

Our investigation process relies on James Reasons’ causal accident model with a focus on human factors. The root causes of almost all events are tied back to the organization and its role in the mishap, not blaming the individual.  Within the accident report, we will assign taxonomies derived on human factor knowledge.  These taxonomies can be tracked by your organization and over time build a trend for where risk is the highest at the corporation.  It is based on a highly successful aviation model that has decreased the airline industries mishap rate to zero.  The key is to shift the organization from a blaming culture to a learning culture.  This investigation technique will push your organization to be predictive not reactive with your investigations. 


6. HSE Handbook for land operations

The HSE or Safe Work Manual is a handbook which is used to guide the frontline worker on OSHA safety regulations and corporate safety processes prior to performing routine or for non-routine tasks. It is to be utilized as a resource for pre-job safety meetings and as a student reference during training on your corporate safety processes and within OSHA standards. 

7. Drilling Rig Operational Safety Audit (ROSA) 


Numerous studies have been performed to define and assess safety culture in a variety of complex, high-risk industries; namely the Commercial Airlines and Military. However, few formally documented efforts have been created to assess safety culture within the Oil and Gas industry. We have identified global components of safety culture and developed a survey to assess these cultural factors as they relate to the Oil and Gas workforce. Our goal is to allow employees throughout the company (from entry level employees to top-level management) to give their personal assessment of these organizational factors, taking into account the operational constraints within the industry and its personnel.

b. Rig Operational Safety Audit will discover that people learn ways to save time and be more efficient with short cuts and work arounds. These techniques are rarely seen by the front office, when performance is usually done “by the book.” The Rig Operational Safety Audit (ROSA) provides an analysis in which a company can capture collective expertise from within the employee group, and then share that information with all its employees. Using ROSA, your company acquires data about how close it is operating to the edge of the safety envelope, without crossing the boundary into an incident or accident.  ROSA will highlight both the strengths and weaknesses in an organization and provide a data-driven rationale for prioritizing and allocating scarce organizational resources toward interventions.