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As a part of its series of monthly webinars on Health, Safety and Environment (HSE), ONGC’s safety institute IPSHEM organized a session on “Safety Barriers including Safety critical equipment in Upstream Hydrocarbon Industry” on 22 February 2022. The webinar was graced by the presence of Independent Director Amitava Bhattacharyya. Chief Safety Advisor to Director General of Hydrocarbons (DGH) Badal Roy was the faculty of the session. With over three decades of experience in HSE Mr Roy is certified in International Diploma in Safety Management from British Safety Council.

Independent Director Amitava Bhattacharyya (Bottom Right), Chief Safety Advisor to Director General of Hydrocarbons (DGH) Badal Roy (Top Left), and Chief HSE Ajay Dixit (Bottom Center) during the webinar
Independent Director Amitava Bhattacharyya (Bottom Right), Chief Safety Advisor to Director General of Hydrocarbons
(DGH) Badal Roy (Top Left), and Chief HSE Ajay Dixit (Bottom Center) during the webinar

The session witnessed fruitful deliberation from Mr Badal Roy on safety barriers and safety critical equipment in the E&P sector. Independent Director Amitava Bhattacharyya noted that while production target has been an integral part of the regular audits at organizations, safety audit should also be conducted to maintain the HSE standards. Mr Bhattacharyya urged IPSHEM to hold more sessions as such and engage Mr Roy more into issues related to organizational safety and occupational health.

Independent Director Amitava Bhattacharyya addressing the virtual gathering
Independent Director Amitava Bhattacharyya addressing the virtual gathering

During a detailed presentation, Mr Roy touched upon several issues relating to safety barriers in the Upstream hydrocarbon industry. Mr Roy spoke elaborately on topics like safety critical elements, safety critical equipment, the various layers of safety barriers, layers of protection analysis, risk mitigation, identification of safety critical equipment, etc.

Glimpses of the presentation by Chief Safety Advisor to Director General of Hydrocarbons (DGH) Badal Roy
Glimpses of the presentation by Chief Safety Advisor to Director General of Hydrocarbons (DGH) Badal Roy

Mr Roy’s presentation followed with an e=interactive question and answer session during which he elaborately clarified the queries from the participants. Responding to a query, Mr Roy explained how ONGC has already identified safety critical equipment and it is in the Mahratna’s ERP system. He explained that the identification, selection and analyze of the safety critical equipment at ONGC is done mostly in the design phases.

Chief HSE Ajay Dixit delivering the Vote of Thanks
Chief HSE Ajay Dixit delivering the Vote of Thanks

Delivering the Vote of Thanks, Chief HSE Ajay Dixit noted that the implementation strategy of safety critical equipment should always be kept on the priority.



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