IADC Recognized for Development of Offshore Safety Programs

The Offshore Energy Center (OEC) inducted the International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC) into the center's Hall of Fame as a Technology Pioneer in the category of Health, Safety and Environment for outstanding development of Offshore Safety Programs.

Prior to the plaque's display at the Ocean Star Rig Museum in Galveston, there was an evening of entertainment and recognition. Lawrence R. Dickerson, President and COO of Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc., and IADC Chairman, accepted the award on behalf of IADC. Also recognized for their contribution to IADC's efforts were Bill Hedrick, Rowan Companies, current IADC HSE Committee Chairman, and John Auth, Diamond Offshore, past HSE Chairman. The Ocean Star Gala followed the induction ceremony. Permanent recognition of IADC's role will be displayed aboard the Ocean Star Rig Museum in Galveston.

IADC's safety committees have worked diligently to improve the industry's attitude toward safety and build commitment to a safer workplace at all levels of drilling companies. With participation of members, IADC has held many successful safety conferences, workshops and seminars over the years, targeting specific safety goals. IADC's multi-pronged strategy has resulted in a 96% reduction in serious drilling accidents on the US OCS. In the quarter century from 1977 to 2002, the rate of serious incidents has plummeted to 0.50 injuries per 200,000 manhours worked from 11.83 injuries per 200,000 manhours.

In addition, IADC members have developed numerous practical rig-site tools aimed at fostering safer behavior by workers. These important communication tools include industry-standard :IADC Accident Prevention Guides; 52 Safety Topics; Five Minute Rig Safety Meeting Topics; Rotary Rig Safety Inspection Checklist; and Deepwater Well Control Guidelines. IADC has also introduced two landmark training programs which have established firm, industry-defined benchmarks for training, RIG PASS is the definitive drilling industry accreditation program for basic wellsite training and has issued over 108,000 RIG PASS certificates. The IADC WellCAP program is for accrediting well-control training. WellCAP schools operate in 268 locations in 52 countries and have issued 65,300 certificates to-date.