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  • Effective management of ESG risks in major infrastructure projects

    By Mark Hoff, Jaideep Das, Sarah Murfitt and Alec Martin, ERM This chapter was first commissioned for and published in Infrastructure Investor’s Infrastructure Risk Management. The web link to the book is: www.infrastructureinvestor.com/risk/ Risk...

    Transaction Services
    Risk Management
  • Effective barrier management – a key component of sustainable process safety performance

    By W Ian Hamilton and Dr Martyn Ramsden The previous issue of Platform carried an article on the link between process safety and sustainability in the oil and gas industry.  It was argued that process safety management (PSM) should take a more...

    Risk Management
  • Improving safety behavior – an African perspective

    By Gary McFadden and Martyn Ramsden How do you improve process safety behavior in order to reduce the risk of a major incident?  This was a question we sought to answer as part of an ERM presentation at the recent SPE conference and exhibition in...

    Risk Management
  • Reviewing offshore fire and blast protection

    By Kevin Kinsella The regular assessment and review of fire and blast protection is a critical activity for offshore operators. It can have far reaching implications for the continued operation and integrity of the asset. Fully understanding the...

    Risk Management
  • Managing risk via the web

    By Stephen Shaw Getting the right risk management information to the right people at the right time is difficult. Keeping that information current can be a further challenge for oil and gas operators and their contractors. Information distribution...

    Risk Management
  • ERM announces acquisition of Safety Design A.S.

    ERM, the world’s leading environmental, health & safety, risk management and sustainability consultancy, has today completed the acquisition of Safety Design A.S., a Norwegian risk management consultancy with 20 staff based in Kristiansand, Norway...

    Risk Management
    Oil & Gas
  • Defining Human Factors

    A recent ERM webinar raised questions about how to quantify and integrate Human Factors, reports Charles Schalkwyk. New process safety regulations are encouraging oil and gas operators to adopt a more systematic approach to Human Factors (HF). Thi...

    Risk Management
  • US regulator highlights risk-based approach

    by Stephen Shaw Risk management featured strongly at the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) held in May in Houston, Texas, indicating its growing importance among the US regulatory community. As part of his keynote address at the event, the US...

    Risk Management
  • The Process Safety Dashboard

    by Richard Rowe and Peter Franke ERM’s Risk Management and Information Solutions specialists have been reviewing prototype options for a new Process Safety Dashboard. This work is based on the Oil & Gas sector’s interest in a sophisticated, high...

    Risk Management
  • Quantifying the risks of hydraulic fracturing

    by Alexander Cox Hydraulic fracturing continues to be a newsworthy topic in different parts of the world. Aside from what they see in the media, stakeholders require robust information in order to assess the risks and opportunities that may arise...

    Risk Management
  • Managing Asset Integrity

    As the lifespan of offshore assets continues to extend, a growing number of operators are looking at a targeted, risk-based inspection regime from the start of their operation. In the interview below, Richard Rowe, a Risk Management Partner at ERM...

    Risk Management
  • Brunei regulator puts Human Factors in the spotlight

    By Charles Schalkwyk The inclusion of Human Factors as part of the new Control of Major Accident Hazards (COMAH) Regulations in Brunei could bring about a step change in safety management for a number of oil and gas companies in the country. The...

    Risk Management
  • Aberdeen delegates are updated on the EU Offshore Safety Directive

    James Davies unpicks some of the issues More than 180 oil and gas industry delegates gathered in Aberdeen recently for an update of the implications of the EU’s Offshore Safety Directive for operators in the UK North Sea. The message from the...

    Risk Management
  • ERM showcases risk management and other services in Nairobi

    Risk management, process safety and human factors will be among the topics featured at this year’s SPE Africa Summit, which takes place in Nairobi, Kenya on 10-12 June. ERM is a Gold Sponsor at the event, the SPE African Health, Safety, Security,...

    Risk Management
  • Making process safety risk assessment part of the transaction process

    By Richard Rowe and Linda Zwick   The recent news that Shell expects to sell a further US$15 billion-worth of upstream and downstream assets will have raised the intense interest of other O&G companies  and their advisers in different parts of the...

    Risk Management
  • What’s the case for a US version of the safety case?

    By Stephen Shaw What’s the case for a risk-based approach to process safety in the US? Arguably a strong one and getting stronger, given the rising cost of major accidents. Oil and gas companies, not to mention the relevant regulatory authorities,...

    Risk Management
  • Risk papers at SPE Long Beach event

    Consultants from ERM’s risk business will present three papers at this year’s SPE International Conference on Health, Safety and Environment which takes place in Long Beach, California from the 17-19 March and includes ERM as a Gold Sponsor. The...

    Risk Management
  • A QRA approach to pipeline failure

    The next generation of oil and gas pipelines must be robust, cost effective and fit for purpose. Failure is not an option. Given the challenge facing a number of ERM clients in this area, there was considerable interest in a paper presented by Gle...

    Risk Management
  • Delegates seek clarity at Atlantic Ireland 2013

    By Walter Bruton and David Ruddock There is a real sense of interest and momentum developing around exploration opportunities in the Irish Offshore. This was evident at the 4th Annual Atlantic Ireland Conference in Dublin towards the end of 2013, ...

    Risk Management
  • Better by design

    Human error is the cause of most major accidents. This was one of the central messages to come out of a presentation by Ian Hamilton, ERM’s Global Human Factors Lead Partner, who spoke recently at the Energy Institute Human Factors Application in...

    Risk Management
  • Rising environmental concerns point to a more integrated approach to offshore safety

    By Kevin Kinsella and Rob Steer The cost of clean-up in relation to the Deepwater Horizon incident is undoubtedly bringing about a shift in thinking around offshore risk management. While keeping people safe and reducing the risk of accidents...

    Risk Management
  • Ten rules for smart bowtie analysis

    By Martyn Ramsden In the complex world of industrial safety, a “smart bowtie” has nothing to do with dressing for dinner. Stemming as it does from risk assessment and safety case work in the 1980s by the oil and gas industry, the bowtie approach i...

    Risk Management
  • EU Offshore Safety Directive indicates a more integrated approach

    Operators of offshore oil and gas installations in European waters will be expected to take a more proactive, preventative approach to the control of major accident hazards following the introduction of the EU Offshore Safety Directive on 12 June...

    Risk Management
  • Case Study: Tullow Oil

    Safety Studies for Tullow Oil, TEN FPSO Project Background ERM recently completed a 12 month program of work supporting Tullow Oil on its TEN Floating production and storage (FPSO) project (Offshore Ghana) during FEED. Our Approach The work involv...

    Singapore
    Risk Management
    Oil & Gas
  • Case Study: Statoil

    Background Develop a web-based early phase risk assessment tool for Norway’s Statoil Our Approach Statoil is the world's third-largest net seller of crude oil and one of its largest gas suppliers. With headquarters in Norway and 29,000 staff in 40...

    Risk Management
    Oil & Gas
  • Case Study: SATORP

    Risk Assessment on the new grassroots Export Refinery, for SATORP with Technip Italy in Al Jubail, Saudi-Arabia  Background ERM was approached by Technip Italy to work on the TOTAL/ARAMCO Project that comprises building a new grassroots refinery i...

    Risk Management
    Oil & Gas
  • Making the link between process safety and sustainability

    By Malcolm Hutton Over the last two decades the Oil &Gas industry has made huge efforts to improve process safety performance. A key driver for this focus has been the large number of major accidents around the world, both onshore and offshore. ...

    Risk Management
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    Manufacturing & Pharmaceutical
    Power
    Mining & Metals
    Oil & Gas
  • A safer environment for offshore oil and gas?

    Twenty five years after the Piper Alpha tragedy, it seems appropriate to reflect on some of the changes that have taken place in the offshore oil and gas sector.  Undoubtedly the period has seen a fundamental shift in the approach to safety.  But...

    Risk Management
    Oil & Gas
  • ERM at the Piper 25 conference

    ERM will be presenting papers at Piper 25 – a conference reflecting on the lessons learnt from the Piper Alpha tragedy, reviewing how far offshore safety has evolved since, and to reinforce industry commitment to continuous improvement. This major...

    United Kingdom
    Risk Management
    Oil & Gas
  • Christina Phang appointed Chartered Engineer and Fellow with IChemE

    Christina Phang, Managing Partner for the Risk Practice in South East Asia, China and Australia, has been appointed as a Chartered Engineer with the Engineering Council of the UK via the IChemE. The appointment recognizes Christina as having...

    Chemical
    Malaysia
    Risk Management
  • ERM paper on utilizing Bow-Tie Methodology in environmental risk assessment published by the Society of Petroleum Engineers

    Environmental Risk Assessment Utilizing Bow-Tie Methodology Fredrick V. Jones, ERM, Kumar (Chris) Israni, ERM Abstract Environmental risk assessment has become a recognized tool to assess the impact of projects and production operations around the...

    Risk Management
  • ERM extends its Aberdeen offering

    ERM, one of the leading international providers of risk, safety, environmental, health and social consulting services is extending its offering to Aberdeen-based oil and gas clients. Companies operating in the area will have local access to a full...

    United Kingdom
    Risk Management
    Oil & Gas
  • Gary McFadden to lead the Risk Practice in South Africa

    Gary McFadden has joined ERM as Team Leader of the Risk Team in South Africa. Having previously run his own risk consultancy in South Africa for 14 years, Gary has more than 20 years' experience of Major Hazard Risk Assessment, is an experienced...

    South Africa
    Risk Management
  • ERM Gold Sponsor of leading human factors event

    ERM is a Gold Sponsor of the Human and Organisational Factors in the O&G and Chemical Industries Conference running from 9-10 October. Organised by the UK HSE with the Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors (IEHF), this prestigious event welcom...

    United Kingdom
    Risk Management
    Oil & Gas
  • ERM Bowtie article published in The Chemical Engineer by W.Ian Hamilton

    Human Error: In the loop W. Ian Hamilton BOWTIE diagrams are commonly used to investigate gaps in risk management, particularly for major accident risk control. However, these diagrams are typically biased towards technical safety, and do not full...

    Chemical
    Risk Management
  • Managing Process Safety Competency in Chemical Industry Digest

    Managing Process Safety Competency Sandra Lovell (ERM) and Peter Hill (Warwickshire Oil Storage Ltd) Discussing the renewed scrutiny that is taking place in process industries in relation to managing process safety competency. What are some of the...

    Chemical
    Risk Management
  • W Ian Hamilton appointed to lead ERM’s Global Human Factors Team

    Ian Hamilton  has been recognized for his expertise in the field of Human Factors by the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) as evidenced by his appointment as a Distinguished Lecturer for 2013-2014. 

    United Kingdom
    Risk Management
    Power
    Oil & Gas
  • Industry indicates support for a Safety Case approach in the Gulf of Mexico

    The US National Commission report on the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill was issued on 11 January 2011 and contains conclusions and recommendations that will undoubtedly have far reaching implications for the oil and gas industry. The report concludes...

    Risk Management
    Oil & Gas
  • Preparing for the potential implications of events in the Gulf of Mexico

    With the implications of events in the Gulf of Mexico still resonating through the oil and gas industry, offshore operators and their suppliers need to be prepared for the regulatory changes that are currently being proposed. Sweeping changes to t...

    Risk Management
    Oil & Gas
  • ERM participates in SPE debate on A Safety Case Regime for US Offshore Drilling and Production?

    Following on from the success of two ERM seminars looking at what the UK’s HSE-like safety case might look like in the US, ERM has participated in the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Gulf Coast Chapter’s Great Debate: A Safety Case Regime for...

    United States
    Risk Management
    Oil & Gas
  • More than 100 clients attended ERM’s seminar on what the UK's HSE-like safety case might look like in the US

    ERM’s North America Risk Team welcomed more than 100 clients to its recent workshop focusing on the potential initiation of a safety case regime for US deepwater exploration and production activities. Introduction to Safety Cases: A New Regime in...

    United States
    Risk Management
    Oil & Gas
  • Expanding our risk capabilities in the Middle East to maximize business opportunities in the region

    Two key members of ERM's Risk Practice have relocated to the Middle East in order to establish a permanent presence in the region and better serve our clients’ needs. Gareth Roberts and James Pickles have moved from the UK to set up a permanent ba...

    United Arab Emirates
    Risk Management
    Performance and Assurance
  • ERM selected by Chevron as preferred supplier for multiple services in numerous countries around the world

    Environmental Resources Management (ERM), one of the world’s leading providers of health, environmental and safety (HES), risk and social consulting services, has been selected by Chevron as a preferred supplier for multiple services in numerous...

    Risk Management
    Performance and Assurance
    Oil & Gas

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