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By National Research Council, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, Commission on Engineering and Technical Systems, Committee on Alternatives for Inspection of Outer Continental ShelfOperations

Aggressive, potent security inspection courses are key components to making sure that oil- and gas-producing platform operations at the outer continental shelf are carried out in a secure and environmentally sound demeanour. even though the oil and gasoline leaseholders themselves are basically chargeable for the stability in their operations, the Minerals administration provider (MMS) of the dep. of the inner is charged with prescribing protection and analyzing systems. in line with an MMS request, this e-book examines attainable revisions of MMS's inspection procedure, appraises inspection practices elsewhere--both in executive and industry--assesses the benefits and drawbacks of other methods, and recommends in all probability extra effective practices aimed toward expanding industry's information of its responsibility for safety.

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Inspection can only provide confidence that the safety that has been built in is being realized. Inspection can provide confidence that effective procedures are being followed to ensure the proper functioning of equipment (particularly safety devices) and that the operating practices and safety About this PDF file: This new digital representation of the original work has been recomposed from XML files created from the original paper book, not from the original typesetting files. Page breaks are true to the original; line lengths, word breaks, heading styles, and other typesetting-specific formatting, however, cannot be retained, and some typographic errors may have been accidentally inserted.

The record concerning injuries is less clear since the data are imprecise and are not stated in standards common to records in other industrial operations. The problems of safety and environmental risks on the OCS have been studied thoroughly by the government, individual investigators, and contractors (NRC, 1981, 1984; MIT, 1986). Over the past 15 years measures have been developed to reduce those risks. Leaseholders recognize that they have an enormous economic stake in maintaining safe operations.

These notices are issued on an ad hoc basic, but are not necessarily related to an accident or fatality event, nor to analyses of INCs. Summary The complete PINC list is intended to lead to a comprehensive check of all systems and operations on OCS facilities so that a valid, instantaneous picture can be drawn of the condition of the listed systems and operations. MMS officials take the position that because process upsets resulting from human error, poor maintenance, and unexpected operational events can be sensed and controlled by safety systems, inspecting the system for compliance with PINC list requirements is a valid means of ensuring systems safety and integrity.

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