What are the duties of safety advisors at rigs?

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What are the duties of safety advisors at rigs?
Rig safety advisers often have duties on offshore oil drilling platforms. (oil rig at sunset image by Alan James from Fotolia.com)

A safety adviser on an oil rig is a mechanical engineering specialist position that requires, in general, a bachelor's degree in engineering, several years of experience working in oil drilling, plus safety course certification. Many of the jobs for rig safety advisers are overseas.

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Training Duties

A rig safety adviser is responsible for training workers on oil rigs in drilling and operational safety procedures. He identifies areas where training is needed or where upgraded training could be useful. He promotes safety consciousness on the part of all workers, both employees and contracted workers. He coordinates safety courses for workers, as well as organising campaigns to motivate workers to use safe behaviour on the rig.

HSE Related Duties

The safety adviser on an oil rig is responsible for all health, safety, and environment (HSE) duties and reports involving the rig. As the HSE representative, the safety adviser must witness all critical operations aboard the rig. He ensures compliance with and implementation of HSE policies and procedures. The safety adviser writes all HSE reports and files them with the appropriate authorities, including the weekly HSE report on the rig, the monthly report, and any spill reports or incident reports.

Safety Inspections

The safety adviser on an oil rig is responsible for safety inspections of the rig, looking for any deficiencies in documentation, equipment or facilities. He conducts safety audits and oversees correction of safety-related problems. Inspections conducted by the rig safety adviser can include inspections of lifting gear, hygiene inspections, and verification of safe storage of dangerous goods and equipment. The safety adviser also makes sure workers have all the protective equipment and clothing they need to ensure their safety on the job.

Responsibilites Involving Contractors

The rig safety adviser interfaces with all contractors to make sure they meet all safety requirements specified in their contract. He is in charge of correcting any unsafe practices on the part of contracted workers. He advises contractors on safety compliance and emergency drills.

Emergency Planning and Risk Analysis

The rig safety officer is responsible for emergency planning and implementation. He performs job safety analysis and risk analysis at the onset of a job. He develops programs to minimise any losses on the job, and reports any unsafe conditions to the appropriate authorities as they arise.

Accident Response

The safety adviser on an oil rig is responsible for writing reports on any accidents or safety-related incidents. He also makes recommendations on how to prevent such accidents from occurring again.

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