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DROPS Forum - Aberdeen 24th April 2018

The meeting was opened by Greg and a safety brief was delivered. Round the room introductions followed.

DROPS Update – Greg Reid, DROPS

Since last Forum, we are delighted to welcome the following new DROPS members:
Bilfinger Salamis - UK
RSS - PT Rire Sanjaya Sakti - Indonesia
Armulta Ltd - UK
Inspectors Union Company - Saudi Arabia

The following former members have not renewed their membership:
Swire Oilfield Services - UK

Reminder to all members to keep us updated with any changes to your designated DROPS Focal Point. Please notify changes to

Steering Committee

DROPS seek additional Operator(s) to sit on Steering Committee with KCA Deutag, Shell, BP, Transocean, Diamond and Repsol Sinopec.

DROPS North America

Minutes now posted from annual Forum
DROPS Quarterly Meeting held in March. Planning major Forum Q4.

DROPS Middle East Chapters

DROPS Saudi Arabia and DROPS Oman meeting regularly. Oman to release Regional DROPS Standard imminently.
Potential DROPS Kuwait Chapter under consideration.

DROPS Asia Chapter

Most recent DROPS Asia Webinar focused on Dynamic Dropped Objects and recording is now available here to access.
DROPS Asia looking for additional Operator support for their Steering Committee.

DROPS Norway

Delighted to advise that Statoil will once again support us by hosting the Norwegian DROPS Forum on Thursday October 4th at their HQ in Forus, Stavanger. Requests / suggestions for presentations should be sent to

2018 UK DROPS Forums

Reminder that next UK DROPS Forums will be held at the Marcliffe Hotel, Aberdeen on Wednesday 19th September and Thursday 6th December

DROPS Training

Since last forum, Train-the-Trainer has been held at Silverdot’s offices and further UK dates are scheduled for 7th June, 14th August, 25th October and 4th December. See Training section of for a training synopsis and all upcoming dates.

Since last Forum, training has been held in Thailand, Kazakhstan, and North Sea. Training is ongoing now in Indonesia followed by Singapore.

DROPS Networking and Collaboration

DROPS working with Step Change on their two Joined Up Thinking videos on dropped objects.
DROPS Presented to Broadcast and Telecoms Sector at their Leeds forum earlier this month.

DROPS Marketing

DROPS marketing materials available to all with Banners, Presentations, Posters, Snakes n Ladders, Literature. To be reviewed and refreshed over Summer 2018. Suggestions for new marketing materials welcome. All requests to

DROPS Focus Groups

Through 2018, we will be updating our suite of Best Practice Guidelines (Tools at Height, Restricted Access Areas, Pre-Task Checklists and Survey and Inspection).

At last Forum, we discussed, voted and selected 3 potential new Focus Groups, namely: DROPS Expansion (sharing with and learning from other sectors, disciplines and industries); DROPS Inspection Competence (including WAH behaviours); and DROPS Incidents / Lessons Learned (including open web posting

We received a mixed response to our call for volunteers and will discuss later in today’s proceedings.

Presenters, Presentations and Support

Greg thanked the day’s Presenters.

If you wish to nominate or request a presentation or table-top demonstration for consideration at a future DROPS event, or if you have an alert or lesson learned to share, please contact

To maintain fresh and varied Forum content, we will be issuing an invitation to a different DROPS member in advance of each forum requesting a short 15-minute presentation on that member’s DROPS perspective / issues / learnings.

DROPS Products

A positive response for printed Reliable Securing booklets allowed us to arrange a significant print run and this is reflected in the attractive pricing we can offer while this stock lasts – see website for details. Members can have their booklets company branded at no additional cost (subject to minimum numbers).

DROPS Campaign Pack Updates have now been issued to all members and subscribers. Reminder that all the latest products can be found on the USB in the folder “New for 2018”.

Alerts and Lessons Learned

Greg noted that several Alerts would be discussed and details posted with Forum minutes. Please continue to submit your DROPS-related alerts and lessons learned to

Greg shared a recent MSF alert focused on the recurring problem of items being left on containers. Details are available to view or download here.

Step Change in Safety, Human Factors Toolkit – Steve Murphy, TAQA

Steve provided an overview of the Step Change Human Factors toolkit that has been developed to help the build on The First Steps to Human Factors. This allows users to identify the opportunities for improvement within their own working environments and organisations. Findings from three major incidents were shared and discussed, with particular reference to human behavioural safety issues. Step Change has developed the Human Factors Toolkit, which was launched in June 2014 to help companies gauge their relationship between human action and safety performance. Available via their website, the online questionnaire is a health check for individuals, teams, worksites and organisations, which has been specifically designed to prompt discussions and lead to better practices and policies. Steve’s presentation will be available to download here. Further details are also available at

Saipem Dropped Objects Focus + Video – Fabio Pulici and Chiara Bernardelli, Saipem

Saipem have developed a dropped object awareness campaign including a powerful video that recognises that both behaviours and awareness are key elements critical to eliminating dropped object incidents. Saipem’s internal studies concluded that training was not sufficient on its own and therefore an integrated awareness programme was developed. The development team collaborated internally with different areas of Saipem, including offshore and onshore operations, to gain a comprehensive awareness of their dropped object incidents over a 2-year period. Life Saving rules were relaunched and there was a noticeable decrease in dropped object incidents.

There was also an increase in reporting of HiPos since the relaunch and they identified during Leadership training that people needed to be engaged in order to recognise where issues can occur. Saipem then created and rolled out their video to help engage the workforce, along with a clear message of support from their COO. The video is now an integrated part of the Saipem campaign which is used at all sites. The campaign has been particularly effective, with statistics showing a 50% reduction in incidents. The video was duly shown to the attending delegates and was extremely well received. We are delighted to advise that Saipem will happily share the video with DROPS member companies on the understanding that it is used solely within the member’s organisation and never for commercial gain. Download requires registration at

New Technologies – Anton Krijnen and Lukasz Szadkowski, NOV

NOV gave an update on their new technologies and advances, focusing on Design for DROPS Prevention and KPI Monitoring. Design advances include NOV’s Borematch / Profile Gauge, examples of significant component reduction through design, and examples of improved materials through design. NOV also highlighted their efforts to explore design improvements and benefits with OEMs and collaboration with ABS on their guide. Regarding KPIs and data gathering, NOV described their integrated customer incident reporting and tracking process, showing the KPIs that are monitored and managed and the overview this delivers. The NOV presentation can be downloaded here. Also, see for further details.

DO Survey Findings and Trends – Ian Somers, TRAC

Ian presented findings from TRAC surveys showing a continuing problem with loose and redundant items. A recent survey over a 13-day period on a fairly new asset generated almost 200kg worth of items. Ian showed examples of the items found with certain items recurring, suggesting poor housekeeping as a significant factor. A number of loose tools were removed and Ian noted and demonstrated that adherence to the Safe Use of Tools at Height guidance would remedy this. Education and Awareness was therefore a key TRAC recommendation. Ian’s presentation is available to download here.

Focus for 2018 – all attendees

Greg confirmed that there was sufficient interest and volunteer participation for a new 2018 Focus Group on DROPS Inspection/Competence and that those volunteers would meet immediately after Forum. Open floor discussions suggested that the Group may wish to consider Crew-led DROPS Guidelines / Inspection and potentially greater IRATA collaboration.

There has been a poor response to the suggested focus group on Anonymous Lessons Learned / Learning and this will not progress unless a number of volunteers come forward. Email if interested.

Similarly, the proposed Focus Group on DROPS Expansion has insufficient interest but efforts will be made to capture some of the potential objectives within the ongoing remit of the current Broader DROPS Engagement Focus Group

Open Floor and Any Other Business

Greg thanked everyone for their participation and invited the attendees to offer any issues for further discussion in the open floor session.

Next meeting

Date:     Wednesday 19 September 2018
Time:     0930 -1200
Venue:   Marcliffe Hotel, Aberdeen
Host:     DROPS Global Steering Committee Members