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RWE Innogy Selects ABS Group to Support New Offshore Wind Farm

ABS Consulting announces that its affiliate, ABS Group Ltd. ("ABS Group"), has been selected to perform inspections of 49 offshore foundations for RWE Innogy's offshore wind farm, Nordsee Ost, in the North Sea off the German coast. ABS Group will inspect the welding and assembly processes of the steel foundation and check for compliance with the manufacturer's design documentation according to the specifications. In addition, inspection of transition pieces, pile clusters, lattice steelwork and interface flanges will also be conducted.

RWE Innogy plans to construct the offshore wind farm approximately 30 kilometers to the north-east of the island of Helgoland. With one offshore substation and 48 multi-megawatt wind turbines, each with a rated output of 6.15 megawatts, Nordsee Ost will, upon completion, have a total output of approximately 300 megawatts. Operation of the first wind turbines, constructed in water depths of up to 25 meters, should commence in the third quarter of 2012.

"We are pleased to support RWE Innogy in this German offshore project and utilize our European and global network to provide inspection services as well as technical solutions," said Torsten Muuss, Director Renewable Energy for ABS Group Ltd. "Our extensive offshore experience has proven the importance of manufacturing monitoring, especially of the foundation as its inspection is difficult and costly after the wind turbine has been erected. Insufficient coating and undetected manufacturing faults can affect the integrity and life span of the foundation—and ultimately the entire wind turbine."

OSHA Launches Interactive Web Site to Help Employers Better Comply with Its Recordkeeping Rule

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently unveiled a new interactive Web tool to help users determine whether injuries and illnesses are work-related and recordable under the OSHA Recordkeeping rules.

The OSHA Recordkeeping Advisor is an interactive tool that simulates an employer's interaction with a Recordkeeping rules expert. The Advisor relies on the user's responses to questions and automatically adapts to the situation presented. Responses put into the program are strictly confidential and the system does not record or store any of the information. The Advisor helps employers determine:

"The Recordkeeping Advisor was developed to better help employers understand and comply with their responsibilities to report and record work-related injuries and illnesses," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels.

OSHA's Injury and Illness Recordkeeping page links to the Recordkeeping Advisor and other guidance materials to help employers understand and comply with federal recordkeeping and reporting requirements.

The OSHA Recordkeeping Advisor is one of a series of elaws (Employment Laws Assistance for Workers and Small Businesses) Advisors developed to help employers and workers understand federal employment laws. A full list of Advisors can be found at the elaws Web site.

For more information, visit http://www.osha.gov.


SMRP 5th Annual Maintenance and Reliability Symposium

SMRP 5th Annual Maintenance and Reliability Symposium
August 18-19, 2011
Galveston, TX
Booth #206


SEMS Compliance (30 CFR 250)
August 23, 2011 - ABS Plaza - Houston, TX
September 27, 2011 - Country Inn & Suites - New Orleans, LA
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SEMS Compliance and Implementation (30 CFR 250)
August 23-25, 2011 - ABS Plaza - Houston, TX
September 27-29, 2011 - Country Inn & Suites - New Orleans, LA

BOEMRE's new regulation (30 CFR 250) requires offshore owners/operators and contractors to implement a Safety and Environmental System (SEMS) by November 15, 2011. This practical, workshop-driven course will equip you with tools and examples of how to achieve compliance and improve offshore process safety performance.

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Environmental Compliance Bootcamp
August 8-12 - San Diego, CA
September 12-16 - Las Vegas, NV

Combined Course: Certified ISO 9001 / ISO 14001 Lead Auditor**
July 25-29 - San Antonio, TX

Certified ISO 14001 Lead Auditor**
July 26-29 - San Antonio, TX
August 15-18 - Chicago, IL

OSHA Compliance Bootcamp
July 25-29 - Hilton Head Island, SC

Clean Air Compliance Institute
August 9-12 - Hilton Head Island, SC

Combined Course: Certified 14001 Lead Auditor and Certified OHSAS 18001 Lead Auditor**
August 15-19 - Chicago, IL

Clean Water Compliance Institute
September 13-15 - Las Vegas, NV



Operating and Maintenance Procedures
July 25-26 - Knoxville, TN

Process Safety Management Compliance
July 25-27 - Houston, TX
September 12-14 - Knoxville, TN

Compliance Auditing
July 28-29 - Houston, TX
September 15-16 - Knoxville, TN

Compliance Auditing with PSM Overview
September 14-16 - Knoxville, TN

Process Hazard Analysis Leader
August 1-5 - Houston, TX

Understanding Codes and Standards
August 8-9 - Knoxville, TN

Mechanical Integrity
August 10-11 - Knoxville, TN

SEMS Compliance (30 CFR 250)
August 23 - Houston, TX
September 27 - New Orleans, LA

SEMS Compliance and Implementation (30 CFR 250)
August 23-25 - Houston, TX
September 27-29 - New Orleans, LA

Facility Siting Hazards Analysis Techniques
August 24-26 - San Antonio, TX

Risk Management Program Compliance
September 7 - Knoxville, TN

Resubmitting EPA RMPlans
September 8 - Knoxville, TN

Reliability Management
September 27-28 - Houston, TX



OSHA Compliance Bootcamp
July 25-29 - Hilton Head Island, SC

Certified OHSAS 18001 Lead Auditor**
August 16-19 - Chicago, IL



Certified ISO 9001 Lead Auditor**
July 25-28 - San Antonio, TX



ISO 9001, QMS - Lead Auditor**
July 25-28 - San Antonio, TX

Main and Auxiliary Engine Inspections for Superintendents**
July 28 - Houston, TX

Statutory Regulations Primer - MARPOL and SOLAS**
August 1-2 - Houston, TX

Statutory Regulations Primer - Load Line and Tonnage**
August 3-4 - Houston, TX

ISM Code Internal Auditor
August 9-11 - Kenner, LA

Crisis Management and Emergency Response**
August 11 - Houston, TX

ISPS Code Security Officer
August 15-17 - Houston, TX

Integrated Management Systems Internal Auditor**
August 22-24 - Houston, TX

Fundamentals of FPSO / FSO Structures**
August 24-26 - Houston, TX

Tanker Safety Officer**
August 29-30 - Houston, TX

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