There are 17 minimum elements that must be addressed in SEMS for an operation to be considered compliant, and among those are assuring mechanical integrity of critical equipment and record keeping. Both of those elements can be improved and enhanced through the use of technology, specifically RFID.
How RFID Improves Safety
At the recent PetroSafe-2016 hydrocarbon safety conference in Jaipur, India, the chairman of Hindustan Petroleum Corp. stated that human error was the main cause of accidents in the industry. RFID can reduce or eliminate human error by automating data collection and making it easier and faster for personnel to identify assets and record or read critical safety and maintenance information.
In many cases, these inspections and maintenance checks are tracked using pen and paper, which means they are prone to error. The reports have to be scanned and filed, which is time consuming and can make the records difficult to access. RFID eliminates manual data entry errors and the need to re-enter data. These benefits save time and help satisfy compliance and audit requirements.
RFID can also help ensure that the right pipes, couplings, drill collars, and other components are correctly assembled. It can be easy to confuse similar-looking sections of pipe on an oil rig without a way to clearly identify the parts. Lifetime item identification is needed to make sure the right components are used the right way every time.
RFID can also be used for employee identification, which can help improve safety by verifying the identity of every person at a well site or on a platform. Those ID badges can also accelerate mustering operations during an emergency or evacuation.
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