Well examination---self regulation in a goal-setting environment. G.W. King and J.D. Dobson. JPT, October 1998, 50(10), 54--56, 58.

Safety in the offshore oil/gas industry in the UK is now enforced through a system of goal-setting regulations that require companies to set standards, then demonstrate how these are achieved. Within this system, the safety of wells and well work is controlled by a requirement that operators develop and apply well-examination schemes where work programmes are reviewed by independent, competent examiners. Details are given of the previously used scheme based on explicit government approval (prior to Piper Alpha). The element of a goal-setting safety regime, and well examination schemes are described. 5 refs.

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