Definition: Ensuring that personnel consistently adhere to defined well control procedures that are clear, correct and easily understandable. Ensure that personnel think before acting, and if a better way is identified, it is reviewed, vetted and approved by the author of the original procedure before a change is made. Finally, ensure that procedural discipline can be measured, recorded and reported.
Procedural discipline requires:
- A defined set of well control procedures that are agreed to by all stakeholders, including bridging documents between drilling contractors, operators and service providers that address well control procedures
- Training of personnel on those procedures, and periodic reinforcement of that training
- Worksite availability of procedures via printed or electronic means
- Management awareness and correction of personnel when they deviate from procedures
- Management investigation and correction of the source of procedural deviations
- Management of Change process for procedures, including updating printed or electronic procedures
Communications at the Wellsite
Definition: Promoting clear lines of communication, roles, decision authority, and responsibility regarding policies and procedures in a well control context at the wellsite. Communications at the wellsite includes:
- Defined stakeholder personnel at the wellsite: drilling contractors, operators, and vendors
- Defined and mutually agreed well control policies and procedures at the wellsite
- Defined and mutually agreed well control roles, responsibilities and decision authority among stakeholder personnel at the wellsite
- System to ensure communication of the above reaches wellsite stakeholder personnel with defined roles, responsibilities and decision authority.
- System to ensure role and responsibilities are carried out during a well control event
- Follow-up reviews to determine and implement lessons learned in communication from the well control event.