Process Safety - Preventing Major Accidents on FPSOs



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A training course on Preventing Major Accidents for FPSOs (Floating Production Storage and Offloading vessels) is currently being developed by FutureMedia.

The course aims to develop attendees’ knowledge of Process Safety /MAEs (Major Accident Events) to enable them to more effectively and willingly implement the barriers (both preventive and mitigating) to MAEs.

It will also aim to up-skill delegates on MAEs/Process Safety by providing some tools and techniques they can use to explain the methods for preventing process safety events/MAEs to their teams, colleagues and others as required such as potential clients.

Workshop Outcomes:

By the end of the workshop delegates will:

  • be able to describe how major accident events occur (with specific reference to FPSO operations) and the relative contribution to these events of:
    • design issues
    • engineering and technical failures
    • weaknesses in systems and procedures
    • human error (at all levels from the Board Room to the front line technician)
  • have had practice in developing and using bow tie diagrams to explain to others the linkages between risks (top events), threats (or causes) and the barriers both preventive and mitigating
  • have taken part in at least two practical exercises using offshore petroleum incidents (of which a minimum of one will be FPSO specific and another to include MoC) to illustrate the typical causation pattern of MAEs
  • be able to identify tasks and activities from activities which take place on the vessel which present a particular risk of leading to a MAE and the managerial and supervisory techniques appropriate for managing the risk including:
    • delegation techniques
    • appropriate approaches to “active monitoring”
  • have a working knowledge of the different types of human error and be able to give an example of each and a typical “defence” for the different types of human error using tasks typically carried out on the vessel as examples.
  • be able to identify the “weak signals” (as used in organisations aspiring to be High Reliability Organisations, HROs) which make the risk of a MAE occurring more likely

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