Audit questionnaire


1 Communication and motivation

  • Are rig site and office based safety meetings minuted?
  • Distributed to all involved/concerned parties?
  • Are identified action items reviewed and formally closed out?
  • Do field supervisors attend the office-based meeting?
  • Do management attend the rig site meeting?
  • Are all contractor representatives invited to attend?
  • Do supervisors and crew have a common language?
  • Are translators with work experience available in the crews?
  • Are any of the supervisors proficient in the local language?
  • Are signs and information available in the local language?
  • Is there a requirement for bilingual foremen in the contracts?
  • How is the quality of communication on the rig site verified?

2 Work permit

  • Does the work permit system cover all aspects of hazardous work?
  • Are the requirements known to all the work force & supervisors?
  • Are permits in force on display in a central location?
  • Is the location reserved for this purpose?
  • Is there any system of review of the use of the permit system?
  • Who in the organisation sees copies of permits issued?

3 Safety training and induction

  • Are there notices instructing all arrivals to report in/out?
  • Is there a system of induction - is this recorded?
  • Who is identified as the focal point for induction?
  • How is the emergency signal demonstrated?
  • How is the use of emergency safety equipment demonstrated?
  • Are there printed cards giving muster locations and site rules?
  • Are these handed out to every new arrival?
  • Are they printed in the local language as well as in English?
  • Are there clear hazard signs in appropriate place on location?
  • Are escape routes clearly visible?

4 Contingency plans

  • Are reports of drills prepared and distributed after each drill?
  • Is the drill performance reviewed?
  • Is there a system of shortcoming correction?
  • Do the drills follow published procedures - how is this checked?
  • Is the quality of drills discussed by management?
  • What are the instructions in the event of an unsatisfactory drill?
  • Are the contingency plans available to all key staff?
  • Including those involved in the plan?
  • Has there been feedback from all personnel involved?
  • Have the plans been changed and the changes distributed?
  • Do the contractors have their own contingency plans?
  • Any conflict?
  • Are there dry runs of contingency plans?
  • Is so, how is the exercise reviewed?
  • Who is focal point for amendments, to contingency plans?
  • Does the head count check with meal sheets?
  • How are short-term visitors include in POB at all times?
  • Is the POB list available to the person responsible for the head count?
  • What other duties/responsibilities does he have?

5 Accident investigation

  • Are accident reporting and investigation procedures fully described?
  • Are they distributed to all supervisory staff?
  • Does contract oblige participation in accident investigation?
  • How are contractors informed of other's near miss accidents?
  • Are procedures, rules or specifications changed as a result of accident investigations?

6 Contractor safety

  • Are copies of all contracts with site supervisors?
  • With contractor representatives?
  • Is the content of sub-contract terms vetted by the Company?
  • How is agreement to the sub-contract by the Company specified?
  • Are the work schedules of the sub-contractor compatible with safe practice?
  • Is there a relief schedule?
  • How is the skill and experience level of sub-contract staff checked?
  • Are medical requirements met by sub-contract staff?
  • Can the sub-contractor communicate with the contractor supervisor?
  • How is a language problem identified?
  • Are personnel required to work over or near water?
  • Is there a system for verifying swimming capability?

7 Maintenance procedures

  • Is a register kept on the rig of all slings and shackles in use?
  • Is lifting equipment marked with the SWL?
  • Are slings marked with an ID number?
  • Is there a system for regular inspection of lifting equipment?
  • Is there certification of inspection of lifting equipment?
  • Is responsibility for sling selection clearly understood?
  • Are the rules pertaining to lifting procedures known to all crews at all levels?

8 Weight control

  • Is there a system used for checking loads?
  • Is there an instruction how often loads are to be checked?
  • Are rig stability calculations required?
  • Is there a deck-load limitation?
  • Is there a system for checking the actual loads on the rig?

9 Fork-lift trucks

  • Is there a system for authorisation of fork-lift drivers?
  • Is a list of authorised drivers available?
  • Does the fork-lift work in Zone 2 area?
  • Is there a work permit system to cover this?
  • Is the vehicle suitable for Zone 2 work?
  • Is a reversing alarm fitted and working?
  • Do the rules forbid lifting of personnel with the fork-lift?
  • Are these known to the supervisors and crews?

10 Industrial hygiene

  • Are chemical data sheets for all chemicals available?
  • Are they distributed to transport and rig supervisors?
  • Are hazardous chemicals identified and isolated?
  • Are personnel working with these chemicals aware of the hazards
  • Do they know what to do in the event of a spillage or accident?
  • Are shower and eye wash available in mud mixing/handling areas?
  • How are 'empty' drums and sacks dealt with?
  • What happens to excess chemicals on site?
  • Are 'removal' or waste disposal personnel aware of the dangers?

11 Hazardous area classification

  • Is the hazardous area classification according to the IP code?
  • Is the IP code applied on the drilling location?
  • Is a hazardous area diagram available on the rig?
  • Is it clearly visible where current work permits are on display?
  • Do key personnel on the rig know the hazardous area boundaries?
  • Are cars allowed to be parked on the location?

12 Flares and vents

  • Is the rig fitted with a mud-gas separator?
  • Are drawings available?
  • Is there a mechanism to prevent gas venting through the mud-line?
  • What are the operating instructions to the drillers?
  • Can a gaseous influx be circulated out safely through the separator?

13 Gas cylinders

  • Are local gas supplies to a recognised standard or code of practice?
  • Are gas cylinders stored upright in a shaded area?
  • Is oxygen separated from fuels?
  • Are cylinders properly colour coded and fitted with caps?
  • Are there records kept of the location of each bottle used?

14 ESD systems

  • Do all supervisory staff know how to actuate the ESD function?
  • Do they know what equipment is actually shut down?
  • Are there written description of the ESD system available?

15 Radioactive sources

  • Are there regulations governing use of radioactive materials?
  • If so, who is identified as legally responsible?
  • What is the limit of radiation around the source storage container?
  • Is radiation verified below the maximum permissible level?
  • How is this verified?
  • Is there a register of radioactive sources kept on the rig?
  • Who is responsible for updating the register?
  • Is copy held by the senior operations engineer?

16 Telecommunications

  • How is the use of portable radio-transmitters controlled?
  • Is a register of all portable radios available on the rig site?
  • Are isolation notices available?
  • Is there a procedure for informing others of radio silence?

17 Electrical earthing

  • How is rig equipment earthing tested?
  • Are all individual tanks and skids properly earthed?
  • Is equipment of service companies included?

18 Service contractors

  • Do all service contractors receive a site safety induction?
  • Are Company transport standards complied with?
  • Do service staff have copies of relevant Company standards?
  • Are they all included in safety meetings?
  • Do all personnel know their emergency response duties?
  • Is participation in emergency drills routine?


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