OVERVIEW

Meridian is pleased to support the oil and gas industry in achieving their goals of promoting safety, security, and environmental protection by providing these prevention and response services:

  • Operational Risk Management;
  • Security Services;
  • Safety and Environmental Management Systems Improvement;
  • Contingency Preparedness;
  • Incident Response Management;
  • Post-incident Support; and
  • Organizational Safety Culture Assessment.

BACKGROUND

The oil and gas industry is heavily regulated. As seen in the below example, there are many stakeholders that have an interest in ensuring the safety and security of oil and gas facilities and vessels.

To operate, facilities and vessels must be strictly designed and operated in compliance with domestic regulations and international standards, e.g., Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 105 Maritime Security: Facilities, and International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL).

The oil and gas industry is one of the most dangerous work sectors. In 2014, the industry’s fatal injury rate was 16 deaths per 100,000 workers, as compared to average fatal injury rate of 3.3 for all U.S. workers in all sectors. For 2009 to 2016, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement reported that the risk of fire and explosions remains a serious issue. Moreover, over the last two years, the Coast Guard reported that number of port state control detentions of oil tank ships has doubled.

Because of resource limitations or the need for an independent assessment, owners and operators may employ service providers, such as Meridian, to assist with ensuring regulatory compliance and enhancing effectiveness of safety and environmental management programs.

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