OIL AND GAS
Across the oil and gas industry, the processing of hydrocarbons and other chemicals can pose a significant health and safety risk. Following several high profile environmental and safety disasters, oil and gas companies have continued developing and improving safety management systems that help control and mitigate against risk to protect people, equipment and the environment.
Despite these safety systems, accidents can still occur. Gas explosions, fires, oil spills, toxic releases have all taken place despite every precaution being taken.
- The occupational fatality rate in the US Oil and Gas industry is 2.5 times higher than in the construction industry and seven times higher than the general industry.
- In Australia, 23% of industrial safety incidents were related to drilling, workover and well services.
A digital permit to work system can help enforce safe work procedures in oil and gas companies, improving productivity and safety at the same time.
Process Safety Management
OSHA’s Process Safety Management (“PSM”), widely adopted in global oil and gas companies, is a framework for managing the integrity of operating systems and processes that handle hazardous substances. PSM includes several elements intended to manage risk and protect workers. IntelliPERMIT directly supports many of these elements, for example:
- Contractor and employees – managing competencies and authorisation to work.
- Process hazard analysis – identification of hazards during the planning of work and at the job site when work is about to take place.
- Hot work permit – managing the permit to work and energy isolation process to ensure safe work.
- Operating procedures and safe practices – improving safety and productivity by enhancing the integrity of every permit to work.
But IntelliPERMIT is not limited to these elements of PSM. IntelliPERMIT offers an integrated risk management platform that supports your entire operation, making sure that work takes place safely, always.
Suitable for Oil and Gas Companies along the entire value chain
IntelliPERMIT’s flexible design has been proven across multiple industries and is suited to oil and gas companies of all sizes, whether they operate upstream, midstream or downstream.
IntelliPERMIT builds on your existing safe work procedures. Users rapidly become familiar with the system and soon take ownership. The benefits of a digital solution as experienced by workers across the plant will soon lead to improved safety behaviours.
Whether you are drilling for gas in Northern Australia or operating a large scale refinery in the Middle East, IntelliPERMIT will help ensure that work takes place safely.
IntelliPERMIT works with existing ERP, asset management and best-in-class software systems. Many enterprise customers link IntelliPERMIT to SAP, plant maintenance and their training database. IntelliPERMIT’s flexible, integrated architecture ensures that safety becomes embedded in the organisation’s culture and positively impacts every aspect of the business.
IntelliPERMIT reinforces operational safety and helps mitigate risk in plants that process hydrocarbons and other hazardous chemicals
Central Petroleum (Central) has implemented Adapt IT’s IntelliPERMIT software to improve control of work and energy isolation at their onshore gas fields in Queensland and the Northern Territory, Australia.
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