|Publisher||Society of Petroleum Engineers||Language||English|
|Content Type||Conference Paper|
|Title||Managing Health in Field Operations|
Philip Sharples, FrontierMEDEX; and Anton Rhodes, IPIECA
International Conference on Health, Safety and Environment in Oil and Gas Exploration and Production, 11-13 September 2012, Perth, Australia
2012, SPE/APPEA International Conference on Health, Safety, and Environment in Oil and Gas Exploration and Production
|2 Health, Safety, Security, Environment and Social Responsibility
All companies, both operators and contractors, have a commitment to protect and promote the health of those impacted either directly or indirectly by field operations in the oil and gas industry. This is best achieved by establishing an effective health management system.
In May 2003, the Health Subcommittee of the International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (OGP) published Report No: 343 titled Managing Health for Field Operations in Oil & Gas Activities. The purpose of this guideline was to assist companies working within this sector to achieve and maintain high standards of health management for all people associated with field operations. The aim was to simplify and integrate in to one document the recommendations that the OGP Health Subcommittee considered essential for optimal health management, from conception and throughout the entire duration of the field operation.
This document superseded the three previous OGP documents on field medical support written between 1993 to1995:
Soon after the publication of this guideline, the Health Subcommittee from the OGP merged with its counterpart from The International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation Association (IPIECA) to form the OGP-IPIECA Health Committee (OIHC). The purpose of this new combined committee is to provide members with a forum where they can develop guidance and recommendations on occupational, environmental and public health issues that are relevant to oil and gas industry organizations and the communities where they operate.
Currently OHIC representation is made up from 30 Companies and seven Associations and since the committee’s inception in 2003 has produced 16 publications. One of the most recent, published in 2011, is an updated version of Managing Health for Field Operations in Oil & Gas Activities. The revised document provides a clearer explanation of the purpose and business case for an occupational health system and now describes a health management system structure which is aligned in layout to reflect the elements of a health management system as expressed in the OGP-IPIECA publication Number 393 Health Performance Indicators: a Guide for the Oil and Gas industry. The key changes in this revised publication are outlined below.