Concepts such as stop work authority, ultimate work authority, and reporting unsafe conditions featured in this program are all part of a new advancement that is changing the oilfield industry. In recent years, the industry has adopted a systems approach to protect workers, the public, and the marine and land environment.
This approach is now mandated by the United States Safety and Environmental Management System regulation (SEMS). Compliance with SEMS is monitored by the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE).
- Stop Work Authority (SWA): This module demonstrates ability to halt an operation, or decline to begin one, when you believe that hazards are not fully controlled.
- Ultimate Work Authority (UWA): UWA is the power to determine the course of action in a time of danger or restart an operation that has been shut down, as well as the final responsibility for safe operations in all conditions. This section defines who has UWA under the SEMS regulation, how that process can be administered and how that affects personnel.
- Reporting Unsafe Conditions: This right to report unsafe working conditions is protected by federal law. This module explains what employee rights exist under SEMS and how reports can be filed.
- Employee Participation Plan (EPP): The EPP explains how the operator can involve all employees, and not just management, in implementing or changing the SEMS plan. In this module we explain how the regulation also requires that employees covered by the EPP have access to the sections of the SEMS plan that involve their job.