Health & Safety Report 2013


The Oil & Gas UK Health, Safety and Employment Issues Directorate actively engages with a wide variety of other industry and external stakeholder groups (see Figure 16). Figure 18 below provides examples of issues addressed in 2012 by a selection of these groups.

Figure 18: Issues Addressed by External Stakeholder Groups 19

• Deepwater Horizon evacuation, escape and rescue matters • Use of Dacon Scoop • Emergency response and rescue vessels trials data • OPITO emergency response training standards • Maritime and Coastguard Agency organisational restructuring • Emergency response aspects of helicopter ditchings and the Elgin G4 incident

Evacuation, Escape & Rescue Technical Advisory Group

Tripartite of regulator (HSE), industry and unions

Offshore Industry Advisory Committee Workforce Involvement Group Sub-group of the HSE’s Offshore Industry Advisory Committee comprising HSE inspectors and industry representatives

• Influential in conceiving and delivering elected safety representatives’ development training (see section 10.7) • Host a number of regular events/forums for the offshore workforce to meet and share experiences and lessons

OPITO UK Industry Forum

• Emergency response team fitness standards • Potential abuses of computer based training • Safety representatives’ development training • Mutual acceptance of safety and emergency training • Escape chute training • Confined space entry training

Chaired by Oil & Gas UK, includes representatives from OPITO, the HSE, ERRVA, IADC, OCA, COTA, IMCA, training providers and unions

North Sea Offshore Industries Association Training Work Group Work group of representatives from Oil & Gas UK and trade associations from Norway, Denmark and the Netherlands

• Updated the agreement and associated matrix on the mutual acceptance of basic safety and emergency training. More details can be found on the Oil & Gas UK website at: • Initiated work on a mutual agreement relating to specialist emergency response training

19 Note that many of the bodies are identified by acronyms in the graphics and these are then spelt out in the glossary provided in section 11 of the report.

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