When safety is critical, assessing and managing the competency of individuals and teams can make all the difference. In the oil and gas sector, failures can be catastrophic. And that’s why the industry has to learn lessons from previous disasters to improve its processes and raise standards. One such disaster was the Deepwater Horizon incident in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. That event was a wake-up call to the industry to think more carefully about ensuring the lifecycle of wells, including once they’ve been decommissioned. In this blog, we’re going to take a closer look at how Casmax can mitigate the risks and help oil and gas companies to improve their overall competency.
A small team with a big task
We’re homing in on a very small team in a large organisation in the oil and gas sector. We’ve worked with this company for many years, and they’ve used Casmax throughout their organization, in fact it is currently deployed across many of their business units, geographically dispersed across the globe. In this particular case, they turned to us after the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. That event was a wake-up call to the industry to think more carefully about ensuring the lifecycle of wells, from initial design through to being decommissioned. So, for our client, their well integrity team provides a vital function.
Although it’s small, it’s no exaggeration to say that this is a highly business-critical team. If they can’t prove their competency to such bodies as the UK Health & Safety Executive (HSE), USA Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), Norwegian Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) and the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), it could shut down operations. And were they to fail to do their job, it would have catastrophic consequences for public safety. Beaches across entire parts of highly populated contents would suffer disastrous oil pollution. This would cause untold damage to the environment and the economy for countries across the continent.
Using Casmax to assess and manage competency
Ahead of a statutory inspection of the team’s operations, our client was able to use Casmax to assess each individual’s competency. The product provides a four-dimensional view of an individual: core technical activity statements, business process experience, confidence and date last used. Different skillsets can be measured for each team. The client factored in such considerations as well design criteria and construction criteria into the technical range statements for each of the team member’s Casmax profiles.
The strength of Casmax is that the user enters the data about themselves. This effectively tests how confident an individual is about the task ahead of them. And there are several tiers of escalation from the user to an assessor and supervisor. It also ensures that the assessment is based on the individual’s skills, and not their relationship with their supervisor. Casmax makes sure that the right information gets through to the right people in the organisation. They can look in granular detail at an individual, at how a team fits together, or even at aggregate skillsets across the whole organisation.
Casmax helped our client and their well integrity team to pass their statutory inspection. But more importantly, assessing and managing competency allows them to ensure everyone on the team is fully equipped to do the job on an ongoing basis. And it allows them to sleep at night, knowing they can continue to avoid environmental disaster.
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Post by Peter McAteer, CEO, Sysmax
Peter is the CEO at Sysmax, a market-leader in the areas of compliance, performance improvement and competency management. He has more than 35years’ experience working with global leaders in high-risk industries such and oil and gas extraction. Peter works with our clients to ensure they make the most of the opportunities inherent with the Sysmax suite of products.