Guidelines for Site Survey and Safety1, 2

Compiled by Karen K. Graber3


The fact that all drilling operations involve some risk of accident or pollution has been recognized throughout the history of the Deep Sea Drilling Project (DSDP) and the Ocean Drilling Program (ODP). Policies to minimize drilling hazards originally developed during DSDP have been continually updated and improved during ODP.

These revised guidelines were developed with input from the Pollution Prevention and Safety Panel (PPSP), the Site Survey Panel (SSP), Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO) of Columbia University, Texas A&M University (TAMU), and Joint Oceanographic Institutions (JOI), Inc. This document covers the following topics:

1Graber, K.K., 2007. Guidelines for site survey and safety. ODP Tech. Note, 32 [Online]. Available from World Wide Web: <>. [Cited YYYY-MM-DD]

2See Disclaimer.

3Ocean Drilling Program, Texas A&M University, 1000 Discovery Drive, College Station TX 77845-9547, USA.