Off-shore Safety Case Management & Review
The Best-Practice Approach to Major Hazards Management
Operators of offshore installations want to be sure that their operations are safe and do not expose their people or business to unacceptable levels of risk (including reputation, business interruption and environmental). Plant modifications, variations on operating conditions and new ownership mean that the risk picture is changing.
Regulators and other stakeholders ask you to justify the continuing operation of the installation through safety cases. Regulatory compliance is essential to your business.
What is Safety Case Management?
Starting in the UK, the Safety Case approach is now recognised by regulators in other countries (such as NOPSA requirements in Australia) leading to the introduction of Safety Case systems worldwide. Several large international oil and gas operators have independently recognised the benefits of the approach and voluntarily introduced safety case systems to their global operations. The development and update of safety case documents is a task which takes input from a range of discipline engineers and technologists working for the operator as staff or consultants, etc. A life cycle approach is required to cover design notification, operations, re-vamp, and eventual abandonment. A safety case is assessed under three principal adequacy criteria:
• major hazards identification, risk assessment, and control;
• management systems to ensure compliance with statutory health and safety requirements;
• arrangements for auditing and reporting.
During review, Bureau Veritas examines the basic assumptions made in the safety case as well as its content. Bureau Veritas will also take account of all relevant changes and new knowledge since acceptance or the last review, to ensure that the safety case remains valid.
What are the key benefits?
The safety case approach has achieved substantial improvements in the management of offshore risks, with a corresponding fall in the numbers of incidents and a reduction in time and financial expenditures after accidents. The benefit of having a safety case manager from outside the operating company is that the manager will usually have experience in numerous safety case submissions, which leads to significant expertise and efficiency in report compilation, and timely legislative approval. Bureau Veritas’s independence is considered to be a valuable commodity when different stakeholders need confidence and assurance in the outcomes.
Why Choose Bureau Veritas
Recognition Founded in 1828, Bureau Veritas is a world leader specialising in conformity assessment services related to Quality, Health, Safety & Environment (QHSE). Certified to ISO 9001 for all of its activities globally, Bureau Veritas is well known for its ability to adapt to changing client environments and situations and for its commitment to providing leading solutions through quality service.
Knowledge & Expertise Through expert local teams and technical knowledge, Bureau Veritas are able to deliver packaged and targeted solutions and information, to support our clients’ unique business requirements.
Network With a global network of over 1,400 locations in more than 140 countries, Bureau Veritas provides tailored solutions to clients throughout the world across a diverse range of industries.
FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need a safety case?
Safety cases are required by law in some industries and parts of the world. In these situations, formal acceptance by the regulator is normally a pre-requisite for operations to commence. Where safety cases are not legally required, many operators have decided that they will prepare safety case because of the attached benefits – insight into risks and systematic approach to hazard management.