A combination of remote locations, use of complex equipment and the production of highly hazardous resources makes operating on an FPSO one of world’s most dangerous working conditions.
Unfortunately, accidents can and do happen. But it’s crucial that those operating in such potentially dangerous environments are given everything they need to complete their job to a maximum degree of safety.
This all starts with sufficient training and regular testing of equipment, but what else can be done to ensure the safety of workers offshore?
Safety tagging control systems are one of many ways to control hazards and minimise risk in the workplace. They offer a simple yet effective way to identify vulnerabilities until they are no longer a threat to the workforce.
In this article, we explore the importance of safety tagging systems further and what they have to offer for FPSOs.
1. Managing machine down time
Machinery is a big part of an FPSO operation – and with machinery comes the need for routine maintenance work. Whether it be a pump being used to circulate mud in an oil rig, or a conveyor belt used to transport goods in offshore storage, there comes a time where equipment needs to be shut down and worked on.
In this scenario, a Lockout Safety Tag could be applied to the machine, notifying others of the ongoing maintenance work. This will then prevent the machine from being powered on, which could otherwise cause serious harm to the maintenance team or the equipment itself.
In short, providing a clear, visual marker that indicates a machines status will significantly reduce the risk of incidents in the workplace.