Water C. Tersmette & Associates Ltd.


HSE Management System

Through face-to-face meetings with management, a Management System Roadmap of your organization’s OHSE systems will be developed to show you which programs are in place to achieve the required level of corporate governance, which require further development, and which programs are lacking critical documentation and implementation to improve the level of due diligence. The framework is based on the principles of ISO 14000.

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HSE Management Plan Manual and Handbook

How do you create a workable system for Site Safety Management? What program elements need to be in place for successful OHSE Management? How can these components be communicated to employees?

Process Safety Management (PSM)

Recent major incidents have turned world attention to process safety and the broader application of PSM into well drilling and completion operations. Process Safety Management is the application of management systems to the identification, understanding and control of process hazards to prevent loss of primary containment incidents. The goals of process safety management can be achieved with an integrated HSE management system that incorporates the elements of risk-based process safety, as described in this concordance table.

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Due Diligence

To operate with Due Diligence companies need to understand and target the priority issues, employ a proactive strategy for managing OHSE, and begin with the end in mind by defining organizational responsibilities.

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Accident Investigation and Analysis

For investigating and analyzing accidents and incidents, we use an Incident Causation Methodology based on three different important philosophies, the combination of which allows us to get to the Root Cause quickly, and develop Corrective Action Plans.

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The Internal Responsibility System (IRS) Model

The IRS is the “people framework” needed for success, where every person in the organization has a personal responsibility for OHSE. The IRS underlies most OHSE regulations. An important component of the IRS is the Decision Cycle.

Hydraulic Fracturing Hazard Management

With the level of world attention on hydraulic fracturing, a comprehensive hazard review may be critical in some circumstances. Reviews should adhere to the processes recommended by the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP). To assess and confirm fracturing hazards, Walter C. Tersmette & Associates recommends a seven step approach.

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Worker Competency

Worker competency initiatives need to address the following due diligence factors:

  • Level of worker competence based on prior training and experience.
  • Level and amount of worker training required to competently operate the assigned facilities.
  • Kind and quality of equipment in use and related operating and maintenance requirements.
  • Safe work practices and industry guidelines appropriate for the operations.
  • Work conditions, including any specific personal protective equipment.
  • Consultation and use of experts when appropriate.

The Decision Making Model depicts the three levels of decision making important to management, supervisors and workers. This is critical to understanding human factors and the impact on incident corrective action plans.

In support of this decision making model, a competency-based plan is required for developing worker skill at each of these three levels. An outline of the intended process is illustrated in the flowchart entitled Capability Development Management System.

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The Prime Contractor

The Prime Contractor at a work site has the overall responsibility for Occupational Health and Safety. Prime Contractor responsibilities originate with the owner: Either the Prime Contractor is the owner, or is another contractor, employer or other person who enters into an agreement with the owner. Every work site must have a Prime Contractor if two or more employers are involved at a work site at the same time.

Key requirements of Prime Contractors include:

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Bill C-45: Potential Criminal Liability for Workplace Safety: The Proposed Amendments to the Criminal Code of Canada

“On June 12, 2003, the Federal Government introduced a new bill to ensure ‘employers are held fully accountable for safe work environments.’ Bill C-45 . . . establishes criminal liability for organizations and individuals when they fail to take reasonable steps to prevent workplace accidents that affect workers or the public in general.” (Page 1 of Bulletin)

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Fire and Explosion Hazard Management

Understanding fire and explosion science requires the use of the fire triangle. The fire triangle suggests efforts must be focused on preventing oxygen, hydrocarbons, and ignition energy from being in the same place at the same time. Licensees are expected to be able to prove due diligence by having documented practices with respect to Fire and Explosion Hazard Management (FEHM). To address requirements, checklists, hazard IDs, and formal risk assessments must consider the fire triangle. Controls could include procedures and equipment to control hazards.

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