DROPS (Common Rig Certification)
Tools and practices based on the DROPS model.
Project / Initiative
Common Rig Certification (DROPS) – develop and roll out tools and processes based on the DROPS model. Use DROPS processes and tools as the basis for future expansion to broader rig certification activities.
Over the years within the industry it has been recognised that there has been a high number of incidents of dropped/falling objects within drilling derrick structures. The potential for this type of incident to severely injure personnel or cause material damage on the drillfloor and in the surrounding area is very high. In extreme cases fatal injuries to personnel have resulted.*
* Source: DROPS Guidelines
Develop and roll out tools and processes based on the DROPS model to validate that operating rigs have been assessed from a dropped object standpoint and that a functioning drops prevention system is in place. If followed closely the DROPS model will reduce the number of dropped objects from within the drilling derrick structures.
Use the processes and tools developed for DROPS as the basis for future expansion to broader rig certification activities.
Safer Together became a member of DROPS in March 2016. DROPS is an industry-wide initiative focused on preventing dropped objects, with the ultimate goal of delivering a second nature dropped objects prevention strategy across our industry. DROPS is essentially a Global Work Group, represented by 200 operators, contractors, service companies and industry bodies, all sharing commitment and enthusiasm for the common goal of dropped object prevention.
In September 2017, Safer Together issued the DROPS Management System Self Assessment Guideline. This Guideline encourages an integrated, systematic approach to managing the identified risks and hazards associated with dropped objects specific to a Company’s operations.
- Roll-out the Guideline to Operators and Drilling Contractors.
- Use the lessons learnt in building and using the Guideline as the basis for future expansion to broader rig certification activities.