New framework for offshore operations

KUALA LUMPUR: Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas), in collaboration with the Department of Safety and Health (DOSH), has introduced a new framework for offshore operations that allows for partial industry self-regulation in the management of offshore assets and facilities.

The Offshore Self-Regulation Management System (OSR-MS), a collaboration between Petronas and DOSH since 2007, effectively gave Petronas the mandate to regulate and oversee the management, safe operation and integrity of all offshore assets and facilities in Malaysian waters on behalf of DOSH, the national oil company said in a statement.

OSR-MS was handed over yesterday to Petronas by DOSH director-general Datuk Dr Johari Basri.

The system was developed based on the internally recognised PAS 55 Asset Management Standards and is in compliance with DOSH’s statutory requirements.

It provides a structured framework for self-regulation while ensuring that all offshore operators meet statutory requirements to minimise the risks of major incidents and reduce health, safety and environment (HSE) hazards to personnel working at offshore facilities.

“Safety has and will always be an utmost concern for Petronas, and the OSR-MS will be a key enabler for all upstream operators in achieving HSE and asset integrity excellence,” Petronas vice-president of petroleum management Ramlan Abdul Malek said.

OSR-MS was first conceptualised in 2007 in a bid to minimise the risk of offshore incidents.

A joint task force was later set up by Petronas and DOSH to review, formulate and propose a safety and health enforcement mechanism for offshore facilities.

Petronas and DOSH have held communication sessions with all offshore contractors and players, conducted a series of OSR-MS/PAS 55 training and put in place an OSR inspector competency and qualification process.

Phase 1 of implementation is expected to be completed in 2016.

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