Flu – what you need to know


The NHS is bracing itself for what could be the worst flu season in history, and so should your business. It is one of the biggest causes of short-term illness and absence from work, costing an employer £522 per employee. And while most people recover within a few days to two weeks, for certain parts of the population it can be deadly. On average, 600 people a year die in the UK from complications of flu, but in some years this can rise significantly. Flu also leads to hundreds of thousands of GP visits and tens of thousands of hospital stays a year, adding pressure to already stretched health services.


PIM: Proof of maintenance is key


According to Oil and Gas UK’s Health & Safety Report 2017, 73 hydrocarbon releases (HCRs) were reported under RIDDOR in 2016. Although the total number of process HCRs has been showing a sustained decline since it hit a peak in 2004 it is still the second most common type of incident and accounts for more than a quarter of dangerous occurrences reported under RIDDOR. There is no doubt that prevention of hydrocarbon releases remains an industry priority; and according to Plant Integrity Management Ltd (PIM) integrity management and in particular, improved condition knowledge, sometimes referred to as condition statements, should be an integral part of achieving this.


Opinion: European standards serve as benchmark for quality


While there have been sweeping changes across the industry in recent months, particularly with increased merger and acquisition activity, one constant has remained: the value placed upon the exacting standards set in the North Sea.