NEARLY two-thirds of oil and gas workers believe employers’ attitudes to health and safety could lead to complacency, according to a survey published yesterday.
The study, conducted by Aberdeen’s Robert Gordon University for oil and gas training body Opito, found most workers believed companies focused on compliance instead of competency. But it also showed a majority of oil workers believe the UK regime is world-leading.
Opito announced its findings in a report, Tick Safety not Boxes, at its Safety and Competency Conference in Abu Dhabi.
Chief executive David Doig said: “Anecdotally, we recognised that there was tension among oil and gas companies between ensuring compliance and a competent workforce that can perform safely.
“The research has confirmed that, while many companies go over and above their legal and other requirements in terms of compliance, there is a mixed approach to competence and various views on what it actually is and how it is measured.”
Robert Paterson, health and safety director at industry body Oil and Gas UK, said: “The findings will help us identify the areas that require further action and we will focus our thoughts on helping Opito to close the gap.”
Aberdeen-based energy service firm RBG said has been recognised in the American Chamber of Commerce of Trinidad and Tobago’s Excellence in HSE (Health, Safety and Environment) Awards. RBG won the outstanding HSE project award for its Reach programme.