What Standard Operating Procedures in the Oil Industry Should Be
In the oil and gas industry, SOPs are frequently developed late in the project when construction is well underway – too late to impact the design. They may be used for little other than operator training and following startup they often end up on a shelf collecting dust.
Effective SOPs that are diligently used by operators may be the driver for the next step change in process safety in the industry.But this cannot reasonably be accomplished unless we start writing procedures that are more user-friendly. We must start writing SOPs that the operators will actually want to use.