Sundays may be a day of rest for most, but when it comes to safety on Newfoundland and Labrador’s oil production facilities, the teams never rest. On Husky Energy’s SeaRose FPSO Sunday safety drills deliver tangible, high-pressure scenarios that allow team members to practice emergency response protocols and plans, helping ensure personnel are prepared, practiced, and confident to respond to any emergency.
"From day one, every facility has been doing weekly exercises and drills to ensure their emergency response teams are ready to go at a moment's notice," says Jason Currie, Offshore Installation Manager (OIM) on SeaRose.
The team isn't privy to the rolling scenario that is presented to them each week; this contributes to the authenticity of the response. No matter the circumstances, the drill is as realistic as possible with cause and effect catalysts and the integration of tools such as rescue simulators that mimic true-to-life conditions.
Emergency response is a highly-skilled, intricate craft. "There is a lot that the public doesn't realize. We're analyzing our major accident hazards, making sure we're able to respond to any scenario," says Currie.
While there is an annual schedule of regulatory exercises to be completed, Husky has set its own safety standards that go beyond compliance. Response scenarios are built to meet regulatory requirements while also testing elements monitored and flagged by Husky personnel.
Independent of the weekly safety drill, specialized teams conduct their own response exercises such as high angle rescue, , fire, medical, or coxswain training. Because personnel are continuously rotating, the SeaRose team ensures they have a broad number of people trained in all required disciplines to guarantee a trained response team is always at the ready. With four helicopters a week delivering workers, the weekly drill is also unifying. "It provides a focal point to ensure everyone is fully dialed in and thinking about safety,” says Currie.
Responsible and Engaged
On the SeaRose, Currie is witness to a shared commitment to safety as shown through the excellent level of engagement he sees from the team during the drills. Each and every one of the 90 people on board understands that it takes a team effort to perform the required actions in an accurate and timely manner.
"Everyone needs to know exactly what they need to do should we get a platform alarm. It's part of everybody's responsibility; it's part of their job," says Currie. "When the need arises, everybody steps up and performs their duties as they should."