Health and safety is an important part of any industry, but particularly so in the offshore sector, which is classed as a major hazards industry.
Reducing the number of dangerous occurrences, injuries and hydrocarbon releases remains a top priority and is a key focus of the industry’s absolute commitment to continually improving process safety standards. No other industry puts more effort into improving its safety performance through leadership, communication and co-operation.
Transparent reporting of safety performance and learning from accidents and incidents is achieved through information sharing at many industry safety forums. The industry recognises the importance of joined-up working and engages the workforce and trade unions through offshore safety committees and onshore networks.
In a mature industry with an ageing infrastructure, asset integrity becomes ever more important and underpins Oil & Gas UK’s call for government to maintain fiscal stability and ensure strong investment in the UKCS, as well as a well-resourced and competent health and safety regulator.
The industry operates within a goal setting regulatory framework and through publications, workshops and seminars, is a global exemplar of good safety practice.
Cases of Ebola, a severe viral illness, have been confirmed in several countries in West Africa, with imported and secondary infections now appearing in Europe and North America. Oil & Gas UK has received an increasing number of enquiries about Ebola infection, and has produced a guidance note to provide relevant information for the UK offshore oil and gas industry.
Further information is available from the following websites:
Read the presentation on Ebola given by Dr Kitty Smith of Health Protection Scotland at Oil & Gas UK’s Occupational Health Seminar on 7 October 2014.
Oil & Gas UK’s Health & Safety Report 2014 is available to download.
The size and shape study of the offshore workforce is a joint venture between Oil & Gas UK on behalf of member companies and Robert Gordon University. The project recruits offshore volunteers, capturing their size and shape to ensure the future design of safety equipment, such as lifeboats, will continue to benefit our workforce for the decades to come on the UK’s continental shelf.