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The DROPS Metaverse is an initiative by the DROPS (Dropped Object Prevention Scheme) Asia Chapter to create a forward-looking learning and collaboration platform in Virtual Reality.

Using a VR headset, windows or mac, you can enter a multiplayer 3D environment which has been curated for you to learn all about dropped object hazard prevention. Using a customized avatar, you will be able to navigate various scenarios to experience the impact of dropped objects, identify potential hazards, and learn about the various best practices for prevention. During our regular events, you can use the same avatar to meet with industry professionals just as if you were at a trade show.

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March 23, 2021


08:00 - 17:00 UTC+0
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Shell on Dropped Objects

March 23, 2021 @ 08:00 - 17:00 UTC+0

Webinar Overview: Shell on Dropped Objects Prevention

In a 2019 webinar, Sarah Molyneaux, a senior HSE Manager from Shell and the global focal point for Shell’s Dropped Object Prevention Scheme, provided valuable insights and information on addressing the risks associated with dropped objects in the oil and gas industry. The webinar focused on Shell’s initiatives and strategies for preventing dropped objects. It emphasized the importance of understanding various factors contributing to such incidents and the need for implementing effective preventive measures.

Red Zones and Dropped Objects

Dropped objects are a significant concern in the oil and gas sector, posing severe risks to personnel, equipment, and the environment. One key aspect discussed in the webinar was the concept of red zones. These are designated areas where personnel are at an increased risk of injury from dropped objects. By identifying and implementing appropriate controls in these zones, companies can significantly reduce potential harm. Shell’s focus on red zones demonstrates their commitment to addressing dropped objects risks and promoting a safer working environment.

Lifting Optimization and Reducing Risks

Another crucial takeaway from the webinar was the emphasis on lifting optimization. By reducing the frequency of lifts, companies can effectively decrease the risk of dropped objects. This approach highlights the importance of carefully planning and managing lifting operations to minimize potential hazards.

Drops Online Website and Resources

During the Q&A session, attendees raised several questions related to dropped objects. Topics covered included the drops online website, common root causes related to dropped objects, inspection routines, and drop survey applications on unconventional offshore production platforms.

The drops online website (dropsonline.org) was mentioned as a valuable resource for the oil and gas industry. It offers a wealth of information, documents, and best practices related to dropped objects prevention. The website also features the Dropped Object Prevention Scheme’s recommended practices, which serve as a guideline for companies to develop and implement their own prevention plans.

Common Root Causes of Dropped Objects and Solutions for Prevention

As for the common root causes of dropped objects, the webinar pointed attendees to the drops online website. It provides detailed information on key controls for lifting, hoisting, and transportation. Factors discussed included lift categorization, competency training, and lift planning. Properly addressing these root causes can significantly reduce the likelihood of dropped objects incidents.

Inspection Routines and Contractor Requirements

Regarding inspection routines, the webinar emphasized the need for systematic inspections of rig equipment to identify potential hazards. Shell requires its contractors to perform regular inspections, including third-party inspections every three years, to ensure a safe working environment.

Unconventional Offshore Production Platforms

In response to a question about drop surveys on unconventional offshore production platforms, Sarah Molyneaux acknowledged that Shell was working to ensure that its production platforms met the same dropped objects prevention standards as its wells operations. This development indicates Shell’s commitment to addressing dropped objects risks across its entire organization and creates potential opportunities for service providers specializing in dropped objects prevention.

Webinar Conclusion: Shell on Dropped Objects

In conclusion, the 2019 webinar presented by Sarah Molyneaux offered valuable insights into Shell’s approach to dropped objects prevention and the importance of understanding and managing the various factors related to such incidents. By focusing on critical aspects like red zones, root causes, inspection routines, and lifting optimization, and leveraging resources like the drops online website, companies can effectively mitigate the risks associated with dropped objects and improve overall safety standards in the oil and gas industry.

Upcoming Events



June 12 @ 2:00 - 15:00 UTC+8

The DROPS Asia Committee meets on a bi-monthly basis and serves as a network to stimulate cross company collaboration around the subject of dropped ob [...]