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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 2013

Oil & Gas UK's Health & Safety Report 2013 is available to download. 


Sumburgh Helicopter Accident Response (SHAR)

SHAR embraces the work of Oil & Gas UK and Step Change in Safety in responding to the helicopter incident on Friday 23 August 2013, in which four people tragically lost their lives.


The Size and Shape Study

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.

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