RWD Technologies LLC, a company that develops and
implements organizational performance solutions, announced the
RWD energy division, which offers a portfolio of training, documentation and lean
services for energy providers.
RWD offers the industry’s first and only comprehensive service to
enable petroleum producers and refiners to proactively respond to the
Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) National
Emphasis Program (NEP). The OSHA mandate advocates strict chemical
hazard compliance, and RWD’s new portfolio of services, systems and
technologies enable producers and refiners to plan and develop
processes and documentation to keep their facilities safe and in
• End-user training systems
• Enterprise content management
• Safety training and maintenance process improvement
• Technical operations performance support
• Workforce performance improvement and support
Since the June 2007 OSHA mandate, more and more firms are facing stiff
penalties from OSHA as refiners are audited to determine compliance
with 29 CFR 1910.119 (http://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_id=3589&p_table=DIRECTIVES). In 2008, two leading refiners have already been cited by OSHA with penalties totaling $101,750 and $169,000, respectively.
Refiners are under unrelenting pressure to maximize production to speed
energy to a supply-constrained market while keeping ever rising costs
under control. At the same time, regulatory authorities require
operators to make needed investments to strictly comply with public
safety standards. The NEP directive adds to the pressure by insisting
that refinery operators document, follow, and manage procedures that
are technically accurate and clear. With a rapidly retiring workforce,
resulting in the lack of internal resources, it is critical for
refinery management to implement systemic solutions that improve
operator productivity and assure regulatory compliance.
OSHA requires operators to review and document procedures that achieve
quality, technical accuracy and clarity every three years. If
documentation, safety processes, and operating procedures do not
reflect recent capital improvements or have not been properly
maintained, refiners may face heavy fines. RWD extends the client’s
workforce and delivers productivity through a leveraged content
management platform, technical services, and process automation tools
to enable refiners to efficiently update procedures and manage policies
and operations documentation. This ensures that timely reviews are
performed thereby keeping in compliance and avoiding heavy fines. RWD
can implement and integrate various dynamic authoring and publishing
platforms across the enterprise to leverage the benefits of XML-based
solutions in a variety of business applications making them “ever”
green and enabling a variety of content delivery options, supporting
the entire document lifecycle.
Through six-figure penalties and public reporting, OSHA hopes to change
industry behavior and address safety issues that have plagued the
industry. RWD addresses the culture and resource challenges so
producers and refiners can proactively manage compliance issues and
quickly implement programs to minimize or eliminate workplace hazards
associated with the catastrophic release of highly hazardous chemicals.
Refiners can respond now, before they are inspected, and establish
plans and strategies to avoid the stigma and expense imposed by OSHA.
Most solution providers offer piecemeal solutions with upgrade services
or tools but none offer a comprehensive offering integrated with your
work process. With extensive experience in the energy industry and a
keen grasp of its complexities, RWD offers a new portfolio of cohesive,
collaborative service-based solutions managers need to prevent safety
incidents, improve operator productivity, and establish workflows to
efficiently manage and reuse content.
By supplementing the workforce and implementing
its solution portfolio, RWD enables refining companies to better
assess their current needs, standardize their processes, manage their
content and ensure optimal safety and reliability in the workplace.