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CASE STUDY - EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS BY RAY WHITE EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS STRATEGIES M A WELL-REFINED APPROACH TO MEETING CHALLENGING SAFETY NEEDS IN THE OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY WILL HAVE CLEARLY DEFINED OBJECTIVES. ore than 150 oil refineries in the United States conduct day-to-day business operations from exploration and processing to refining and transporting dangerous materials. These operations increasingly pose myriad safety risks to employees and possibly local communities, making safety precautions at every level a crucial strategy for a refinery. In response to stricter governmental and industry regulations, decision-makers continue to evaluate solutions designed to improve emergency preparedness strategies. Technology continues to evolve, awarding greater features and flexible options that provide critical alerting and information across multiple communication channels. The oil and gas industry has made great strides in maintaining an unwavering commitment to safety. However, some companies may unintentionally overlook new and updated technologies and best practices that should be central components in year-round, proactive safety planning. Many oil and gas refineries are searching to find the right mix of solutions to achieve better overall compliance. For instance, OSHA recently sent letters in June 2009 to more than 100 oil refineries, providing data on compliance issues found under OSHA’s Refinery National Emphasis Program (NEP) and urging refiners to comply with their obligations under the process safety management (PSM) standard. This standard requires employers to develop and incorporate comprehensive, site-specific safety management systems to reduce the risks of fatal or catastrophic incidents. In comparison, the NEP issued nearly WINTER 2010 12 | EXPLORATION-PROCESSING.COM http://www.exploration-processing.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Exploration & Processing - Winter 2010

Exploration & Processing - Winter 2009
Editor’s page
Preparing for an Economic Upturn
Renewable Funding
Emergency Preparedness Case Study
Slater Controls
quasar energy group
The Crossing Co.
Discovery Drilling Contractors
Mantra Venture Group
Alaska Clean Seas
Peregrine Diamonds
Platinum Group Metals Ltd.
TG Engineering Inc.
Abacus Mining & Exploration Corp.
Advanced Rig Services
Bell Industries Inc.
Canrig Drilling Technologies Ltd.
Cat Construction
Equipment Maintenance Services
Galloway Oilfield Construction Ltd.
Latex Construction Co.
PC Gold Inc.
Spearing Service
Processes Unlimited International Inc.
Global Industries Ltd.
ESG Solutions
Herman Oil Co.
Peat Resources
Innovative Fuels
Juhl Wind Inc.
Kane Instrumentation
MWD Services LLC
Nevada Geothermal Power Inc.
Oski Energy LLC
Paresources Inc.
Powertech Uranium Corp.
Avanti Mining Inc.
BlackBrush Oil & Gas – Texstar Midstream
The Coeur d’Alenes Co.
Vibration Technology Inc.
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Exploration & Processing - Winter 2010