The European Union announced plans last night to seize regulatory control of the oil and gas industry - and it wants operators to put up more than £100million a year to pay for it.
Health & Safety
THE simple act of handwashing can make a huge difference to your health. Washing your hands frequently and thoroughly is one of the best ways of avoiding picking up infections and also from spreading illness.
Falck Safety Services has become the first company in the Middle East to gain approval to deliver a new global training initiative for the oil and gas industry.
THE offshore drilling company responsible for running the Deepwater Horizon rig which exploded in the Gulf of Mexico has been given another warning about its operations in the North Sea.
COMPLIANCY and competency in the oil and gas industry are in conflict, according to research commissioned by the sector's skills and training standards body Opito.
OIL giant BP has outlined its contingency plans for dealing with an environmental disaster as it prepares to start drilling off the coast of Shetland next year.
AN OIL company is facing a tribunal over claims its workers on an offshore platform lived in overcrowded conditions.
OFFSHORE workers on a North Sea installation may have been exposed to asbestos - despite claims they were told they were safe from the dangerous substance.
DEEPWATER drilling west of Shetland should not be permitted until adequate safeguards are in place to prevent a major oil spill, one of the most famous names in underwater exploration warned yesterday.
A CLEAN-UP operation took place at the weekend after about 1,500 litres of oil leaked into Aberdeen harbour.
ENQUEST has helped set an apparently new safety milestone for the province by recording four years free of lost time incidents (LTI's) in the Thistle field.
AT APPROXIMATELY 9.50pm on the evening of April 20, 2010, while the crew of the Deepwater Horizon rig was finishing work after drilling the Macondo exploratory well, an undetected influx of hydrocarbons (commonly referred to as a "kick") escalated to a blowout.
A HEALTH and Safety Executive (HSE) report on offshore workers' involvement in North Sea safety standards has highlighted an "extensive list" of good practices, according to an oil and gas industry body.
IT'S a well-known fact; leave it out in all weathers and steel will rust. So, the longer a piece of pipe is left out in the wind and rain, the rustier it will get and if it is near the sea, corrosion tends to be faster.
An oil and gas industry project to examine how the UK North Sea could stop or deal with a Macondo-like blowout was described yesterday as the "largest review of oilspill response ever undertaken".
US offshore regulators expect to send "notices of violation", which would precede civil fines, as early next week to oil giant BP, driller Transocean and oilfield service firm Halliburton after an investigation into last year's Macondo spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Major changes are under way to make offshore helicopter travel safer following the two Super Puma accidents in 2009.
THE crew of a Super Puma helicopter which crashed into the North Sea have been blamed for the accident - and safety chiefs want a review to make sure it never happens again.
Energy Secretary Chris Huhne has confirmed that a full report will be sent to the procurator fiscal after a probe is held into the worst oil spill in the North Sea for more than a decade.
The UK's offshore health and safety regime could be adopted across Europe after a vote by politicians in Strasbourg tomorrow.
More than a third of offshore workers who took part in a survey noted near misses not being reported.
Offshore survival training specialist Survivex, of Aberdeen, said Tuesday it had awarded a one-year contract worth £200,000 to Entier, the Granite City-based catering and hotel support services company.
Aberdeen occupational health specialist Abermed has appointed Dr Steve Boorman as medical director for UK health services.