Operation Ouro Negro: more safety at sea


Brazilian authorities are mobilizing to intensify the monitoring of working conditions on the country’s offshore platforms. At the end of 2018, the Labor Ministry (MPT), the ANP, Navy, Ibama, the Ministry of Labor and Anvisa (Health Surveillance Agency) signed a cooperation agreement in Brasilia (DF), validating their joint action in the so-called Operation Ouro Negro.

Launched in 2010, the initiative assesses issues related to labor relations, safety and health, navigation safety, life safety at sea, operational safety management, as well as epidemiological, sanitary and environmental surveillance.

To date, approximately 50 platforms under contract with the main operators in Brazil have been audited. With the formalization of the document, the expectation is to integrate the knowledge of the organs involved, to define more clearly the role of each one of them and to give greater legitimacy to the actions.

“With the signing of this joint action, a working protocol and better sharing of information will be established, with the creation of an official database, which will allow an even more effective government action,” explains the regional labor attorney, Júnia Bonfante Raymundo , project manager by MPT.

One of the aspects that contribute to the increase of the efficiency and credibility of the surveys is the anticipated planning and the secrecy on the moment and the unit that will be supervised.

“The actions are planned at the beginning of each year and meet the common agenda of the participating institutions. There is no previous disclosure, “said the prosecutor, noting that because it is a work in an isolated and inhospitable environment, it is important that there is a common view of institutions.

One of the recurring concerns is related to gas leakage in offshore units, since the consequences can be extremely dangerous. “All the time we have checked whether the control systems are effective,” he concluded.

New rules

As of December this year, Ouro Negro will begin operating under the new regulatory standard NR 37, which establishes minimum requirements for safety, health and working conditions on board oil platforms.

The standard provides structural adaptations in walkways, sound warning systems, gas detection, provision of wi-fi service for recreational use of all workers, as well as training programs in occupational health and safety.

Source: Brazil Energy Magazine

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