The new ABS guide includes a program of requirements and best practices to protect assets, personnel and working environments from dropped object incidents.
The traditional approach to managing dropped objects in the offshore work environment has been to apply best practices for existing equipment. ABS has raised the bar on “best practice” by publishing the first-of-its kind class standard.
An estimated 10 percent of fatalities and thousands of medical treatment and lost-time injuries are caused by dropped objects. Addressing the situations that lead to dropped objects in the workplace has the potential to improve offshore safety and, ultimately, could save the lives of offshore workers.
The ABS standard formalizes the dropped object prevention management process for the first time, offering an approval process that includes the first set of requirements targeting equipment designed with drops-resistant features and providing class notations for dropped object prevention management systems.
ABS developed the Guide for the Prevention of Dropped Objects on Offshore Units and Installations based on industry best practices and in-depth knowledge of risk assessment, equipment design review and certification. Applying specialized knowledge in safety systems, manufacturing programs and External Specialist qualifications, ABS created DOPP and DOPP+ class designations for assessment services that fall into two primary categories.