OIL bosses have underlined their commitment to health and safety at a meeting of more than 80 business leaders.
The offshore oil and gas industry’s flagship safety initiative, Step Change in Safety, said the wellbeing of oil workers remained a top priority despite the current economic downturn.
At the Step Change in Safety leadership event held yesterday, the industry body Oil and Gas UK (OGUK) promised further investment in developing the skills of the industry workforce.
A statement signed by OGUK co-chairman Bob Keiller and Step Change in Safety co-chairman Rick Cohagan, said: “Good practice in safety and sustained investment in developing the skills of the workforce always make the best of business sense.
“This is even more crucial when business conditions are difficult. There will therefore be no change in our resolve to help the UK offshore oil and gas industry to become the global leader in safety performance. This industry will continue to invest directly in safety, asset integrity, skills and training throughout the economic cycle and we will support Step Change in Safety and OPITO, the oil and gas academy, to ensure that safety continues to be our top priority.”
OGUK chief executive Malcolm Webb said: “We expect to see a clear downward trend in safety incidents, injuries and dangerous occurrences when we receive the Health and Safety Executive’s statistics for 2008-09.
“Although that’s encouraging, we must of course never be complacent. Our commitment to safety will always remain a priority, irrespective of the oil price or economic situation.”