Emergency Preparedness, Offshore

Ensure that your emergency preparedness is based on accurate emergency preparedness analysis

Why emergency preparedness analysis?

By performing emergency preparedness analysis (EPA) on a regular basis,or when significant changes on the installation are planned, you ensure that your emergency preparedness is always up to date. That way, possible incidents are handled the best possible way by use of available resources.

To ensure that your emergency preparedness is at its best at all times, you need to know that your potential hazards and available resources have been assessed. The EPA forms the basis for the whole emergency preparedness on your installation. The escape, evacuation and rescue analysis and the emergency preparedness plans are all based on information from the EPA.

We recommend that our clients use the EPA when they are planning and performing exercises.

What we do

We perform EPAs for offshore installations in all project phases from concept selection, design, construction, operations, maintenance and modifications, through to decommissioning and removal.

A typical EPA will analyse the following emergency preparedness aspects:

  • Defined situations of hazard and accident (DSHAs) – for each DSHA the potential escalation, possible extent and potential loss of main safety functions is described based on input from the risk analysis
  • Emergency response strategies
  • Performance requirements – related to emergency preparedness
  • Dimensioning of the emergency preparedness organisation
  • Compatible emergency response roles
  • Available external emergency response resources
  • Muster strategies
  • Relevant/critical barriers

In addition to the traditional EPAs we also perform other analyses such as area emergency preparedness analysis and emergency preparedness analysis for operations taking place in cold climate.

Advantages and benefits

The EPA is performed in accordance with, and ensures compliance with, relevant acts, regulations and guidelines. Industry best practise is also taken into consideration. We are continuously reviewing our methodology to ensure that the methodology is market leading and that the emergency preparedness at your facility is evaluated in the best possible way.

We focus on establishing EPAs that can be read and understood by everyone. The EPA presents key results from the risk analysis in an understandable manner, and ensures that the emergency response on the installation reflects the findings in the QRA.

Do you have a good plan for handling an incident at your installation?

Time is a crucial factor when an incident occurs. Hence it is important to have an updated emergency preparedness plan (EPP) on how to handle an incident the best possible way. All offshore installations are required to have their own EPP.

Why emergency preparedness plans?

The EPP is the operational manual for the emergency response organisation if/when an incident occurs. An overview of available resources, notification procedures and the necessary actions for each incident shall be established. This to ensure that the emergency response organisation take well-considered decisions when an incident occurs.

The EPP shall ensure that the emergency preparedness strategies, established in the emergency preparedness analysis, are implemented in the action plans to reduce the potential consequences of an incident.

What we do

We prepare EPP for offshore installations in all operational phases. The EPP is typically divided into two parts – one operational and one administrative part.

The operational part primarily includes the parts to be used when handling an incident. This typically includes:

  • Action plans
  • PA-messages
  • Notification matrix

The administrative part primarily includes a description of how the emergency preparedness on the facility is organised.

This typically includes:

  • Description of the facility in question – including overview of available means of evacuation
  • Overview of the emergency response organisation
  • Description of the responsibilities and tasks to be ensured by the emergency response management and the emergency response teams
  • Deputy matrix
  • Station Bill
  • Description of the different alarm types
  • Muster strategies
  • Checklists

Advantages and benefits

A thoroughly prepared EPP will give the emergency response organisation the adequate information to make well-considered decisions in an emergency situation. We have very good experiences with establishing EPPs in close collaboration with the end-user. Hence we recommend our clients to be involved in the process of developing the EPP to ensure both familiarity and ownership to the EPP.

Let’s talk

Please get in touch to find out more about emergency preparedness.