SEMSReady™: Meeting the New Safety Rules for Offshore Energy

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The offshore oil and gas industry has a challenge under new safety rules - evaluating thousands of workers to prove they know how to do their jobs. The new SEMSReady™ training program teaches companies how to meet that challenge.

Offshore energy workers are some of the safest, most professional workers you will find. SEMSReady™ helps them prove their capabilities.

One of the new requirements that came from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster was that contractors in the offshore oil and gas industry must prove that their employees can do their jobs safely and effectively before they go to work on an offshore facility. Now, a new course called SEMSReady™ helps companies meet that challenge.

SEMSReady™ was developed by Operator Qualification Solutions Group (OQSG), a leader in competency evaluations for the pipeline industry, and Lifeline Strategies, a leader in helping companies meet new Safety and Environmental Management system (SEMS) regulations. “We based SEMSReady™ on our experience in administering the evaluation process to more than 30,000 workers in the pipeline industry,” said Robert Supple of OQSG.

Using this approach, SEMSReady™ allows companies to identify the skills and knowledge their workers need to work safely and effectively, and create an evaluation process that proves workers have the necessary skills and knowledge to work under SEMS.

Several oil and gas companies now require their contractors to evaluate their workers every year, but contractors are finding it difficult to perform evaluations that can pass customer audits. In some cases, those companies risk being unable to work unless they can prove that their personnel know how to do their jobs under the SEMS requirements.

SEMSReady™ ( addresses that problem by walking participants through the evaluation process in an organized, easy-to-understand way. The class focuses on Administrators, who are responsible for managing a company skills and knowledge program, learn to identify the elements that are critical to each job the company performs, utilize subject matter experts to determine the best ways to prove workers meet those elements, and document the process so the records are auditable. Evaluators are subject matter experts in the jobs being evaluated, such as managers, supervisors, or outside third-party evaluators. They learn the best ways to measure criteria to test worker skills and knowledge, how to perform evaluations that are objective, consistent and repeatable and how to utilize a standard evaluation form to simplify the audit process.

The SEMSReady™ program also gives companies the options of receiving direct one-on-one assistance in developing a skills and knowledge plan and a database to track training and evaluations. “Our goal is to give contractors the tools they need to meet the requirements of SEMS,” said Ken Wells of Lifeline Strategies.

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