Offshore Emergency Response Manuals
In the British sector of the North Sea the PFEER regulations require a specific approach to emergency response. It is necessary for the offshore Emergency Response Manual – the document provided for the unit – and the onshore emergency response manual, however named, to be closely related to ensure that all aspects of any emergency are covered. And this requirement also includes the Station Bill.
It is essential that all these documents, including the Station Bill, be practical and address the actual emergencies that have been identified as being foreseeable during the operation of the unit. This is opposed to a document which is produced to enable drills and exercises to be carried out with the least possible disruption to the day to day operation of the unit. Gathering at the lifeboats once a week on a Saturday morning at the time of shift change, in accordance with the Station Bill, does not suffice today as a means of fulfilling the emergency response requirements. Indeed in the past, effectively in accordance with the then accepted emergency response processes, it was thought that the OIM could control the emergency all on his own. But as any psychologist will tell you, in an emergency, the person in charge can only process seven bits of information at a time. The Emergency Response processes should take such limitations into consideration and provide support for those in charge.
The provision of Emergency Response Manuals is a natural extension of the safety case risk assessment process and Marex have considerable experience in assisting their clients to produce effective manuals that will be of positive help to their staff, and therefore have a greater opportunity of safeguarding life in emergencies.