Health and Safety
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.
Health & Safety Report 2012
In 2012, Oil & Gas UK published its first annual safety report, detailing: a number of recent major improvements to offshore safety in the UK oil and gas industry; an overview of the various safety-related projects being carried out across the industry; an explanation of how the safety agenda is being effectively managed by Oil & Gas UK and its members; and a look ahead to the future.
Oil & Gas UK's health and safety director, Robert Paterson, talks about the industry's performance in a webcast available here.