Last year forced everyone to focus on personal safety in a way we could never have expected. The three-word message of hands, face, space has led to us washing our hands regularly, wearing face coverings and observing social distancing wherever possible.
Step Change in Safety
Twelve months ago, we were looking ahead with a sense of optimism to a new year and a new decade, and all that they bring. We could not envisage then what the first year of the twenties would deliver.
Trade body Oil and Gas UK has announced the shortlist for this year’s instalment of its prestigious OGUK Awards.
The family of a north-east woman who died in the Sumburgh helicopter tragedy say they have received “no closure” from the results of the fatal accident inquiry.
A union boss said yesterday that the difficulty of balancing platform maintenance backlogs against the risk of Covid-19 outbreaks was putting North Sea workers in a “dangerous situation”.
Step Change in Safety has added bosses from BP and Schlumberger to its leadership roster.
I have been involved with Step Change in Safety since 2016 and co-chair of the organisation since April 2019.
This has been a year of great challenge, not just in our industry but also across the UK and globally.
That fatalities and serious accidents are occurring in UK and Norwegian offshore installation decommissioning facilities comes as no surprise.
Bosses at Shell and Step Change in Safety have hit out at onshore decommissioning safety standards, warning that “too many people are still getting hurt”.
Mental health awareness has had an increasing profile in the energy sector over recent years. Perhaps now, more than ever, maintaining good mental health is particularly challenging, with fears of redundancy, furloughing and family ill-health all posing a potential distraction from safe operations.
Managing the risks of Covid-19 has been at the forefront of our minds in recent months. However, we must be careful not to be distracted from the ever-present potential of major accident hazards (MAHs).
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has revealed it prevented more than a million dodgy Covid-19 face masks from reaching the UK supply chain, with many headed for the North Sea oil and gas industry.
As the lockdown measures are eased, the number of workers offshore will steadily increase. Many will be faced with a “new reality” which will, in time, become the “new normal”.
Industry bodies Axis Network, and Step Change in Safety, are partnering to develop guidance for operators and the supply chain on inclusive offshore working practises.
Around 200 North Sea workers have been evacuated with suspected Covid-19 symptoms over the last six weeks as the sector has attempted to manage the spread of the virus.
The UK's oil and gas industry has welcomed the publication of fresh guidance on managing Covid-19 cases offshore.
The Covid-19 pandemic is driving us to find new ways of getting things done. In these uncertain times, digital technology is leading the way.
The parallels between offshore oil and gas and Formula 1 might not be immediately apparent to all. As a sport, Formula 1 has always been a passion of mine.
Imagine, for a moment, an industry whose workers can quickly report good and bad practices at work; where the reporting system looks the same wherever they are working; where workers get prompt feedback on what they have reported and the information collected is shared and used to improve the safety performance of participating companies and the industry as a whole.
A wise man once said: “Be the change you want to see in the world.”
More than 350 onshore and offshore safety representatives from across the UK gathered at Aberdeen’s P&J Live for the recent Safety Rep 30 Conference, which was organised by Step Change in Safety, the UK’s member-led oil and gas safety body, to recognise the 30th anniversary of the SI971 regulations brought in following the Piper Alpha tragedy.
New guidelines were unveiled yesterday to reinvigorate and protect the critical role of offshore elected safety representatives (ESRs).
A North Sea safety chief has revealed plans to assemble a new work group to tackle the thorny subject of offshore lifeboat evacuation training.
Oil and gas giant BP is understood to be at loggerheads with a UK safety authority over how it is preparing North Sea workers for lifeboat evacuation.