DROPS Oman Forum discusses safety measures in oil and gas industry

April 10, 2019

The DROPS - Dropped Object Prevention Forum, a one-day event to discuss safety measures and techniques to prevent losses and injuries in hydrocarbon exploration and production was held at Sheraton Oman hotel on Wednesday under the auspice of H E Khalid bin Omar al Marhoon, Minister of Civil Services.

Dropped objects refer to any items or objects that have the potential or capability to cause harm or damage due to its fall from height. Among the various hazards in a work environment, dropped objects from a height are critical aspects, causing risks to human workforce and process efficiency, organisers of the event said.

The event began with a keynote address by John Malcolm, executive managing director at Oman Oil Company Exploration and Production (OOCEP). Malcolm spoke about the importance of preventing unwanted incidents in oil and gas exploration and production and how they can cause financial losses.

Speakers with varying degrees of expertise and knowledge discussed a range of technical topics and shared best practices in implementing a robust DROPS programme.

Besides Malcolm, other experts from the field including Dr Ramesh Sivathanu of Oman Society of Petroleum Services (OPAL), Arun Abraham and Sulaiman al Sulaimi from the DROPS Oman Chapter, Ahtisham Iftikhar and Peter Hemingway from Baker Hughes - GE, Biju Koyad from Bureau Veritas and Nasser Qassabi from PDO also made their presentations.

These dropped objects are caused due to corrosion, vibrations, collisions, snagging, dislodging and various other factors that lead to serious injuries and equipment damages in day-to-day processes.

DROPS Oman Forum was organised by White Paper Summits and the DROPS Oman Chapter.

Melwin D’Cunha, chief executive officer of White Paper Summits said, “This forum was a prime opportunity to network and learn from other companies in the industry - in particular how some of the top operators, drilling contractors and service companies in the industry are working together to create a collaborative vision in global DROPS practices. The aim of the forum was to bring awareness on the prevention of dropped object incidents at work place.”