OIM Guidance for Offshore Rota and Rest Periods

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Jul 162012

Adequate rest is required to ensure that workers are in a state of readiness to execute their duties safely and effectively. This revised guidance intends to set minimum periods of rest between offshore shifts and trips, and set out the maximum days which may be worked depending on the length of shift.

This publication is available free of charge.
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OIM guidance rest rota.pdf (146 KB pdf)

Safety statistics show fall in leaks and injuries offshore

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Jul 192011

"Gulf of Mexico disaster should continue to be a stark reminder of what can go wrong offshore"

Offshore oil and gas leaks that could potentially lead to a major incident has fallen, according to new safety statistics released by the UK’s Health and Safety Executive, HSE.

Figures from HSE show that there were 73 major or significant hydrocarbon releases associated with offshore installations in 2010/11, compared with 85 the previous year. There were 61 recorded in 2008/09 – the lowest since HSE began regulating the industry. Overall, there continues to be a downward trend in the total of all reported hydrocarbon releases offshore.

For the fourth year running, no workers were killed during offshore activities regulated by HSE and 2010/11 also saw a fall in the number of major injuries. There were 42 reported compared with 50 the previous year, bringing the total in line with the average of the previous five years.

The combined fatal and major injury rate fell to 151.8 per 100,000 workers in 2010/11, compared with 192 in 2009/10. There was also a continued fall in the number of minor injuries that led to three or more days off work, with 106 – down from last year’s 110 – which represents a new low in the over three-day injury rate.

There were 432 dangerous occurrences reported in 2010/11, 11 fewer than the previous year. More than a third were hydrocarbon releases (38.9%) and just over a quarter (25.9%) related to equipment failures.

Said Steve Walker HSE’s head of offshore safety:

“This year’s statistics are a step in the right direction. It is encouraging that this is the fourth consecutive year with no reportable fatalities and a reduction in major injuries. But there is still much work to be done. Hydrocarbon releases are a key indicator of how well the offshore industry is managing its major accident risks, and the industry still hasn’t matched or exceeded the record lows of two years ago. Continue reading »

Offshore Safety “Not Good Enough” Says HSE

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Aug 242010

image Britain’s Health & Safety Executive, HSE, has warned the offshore oil and gas industry about its safety record as new statistics show increases in major injuries and unplanned hydrocarbon releases.

Figures released by the HSE show that there were 50 major injuries reported in 2009/10 − up 20 on 2008/09 and higher than the average of 42 over the previous five years. No workers were killed during activities regulated by HSE for the third year running.

The combined fatal and major injury rate almost doubled to 192 per 100,000 workers in 2009/10 compared with 106 in 2008/09 and 156 in 2007/08.

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Grinder Mismatch Gets Deadly

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Dec 162009


Grinding machines and abrasive wheels should always be used in accordance with the manufacturers instructions, lesson learned from a fatality in a safety alert from Step Change in Safety.

A welder carrying out maintenance was using a hand-held angle grinder to prepare surfaces in preparation for welding. The grinding wheel shattered penetrating the worker’s abdomen and chest, injuries he died from later in the day.

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Free Emergency Response Seminar

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Sep 072009

imageStep Change In Safety is holding an Emergency Response seminar on 15 October, 2009 aimed at businesses that do not have the resources or facility for dedicated emergency response, but appreciate that they have a requirement to have plans and processes in place.

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Step Change Lifting Guidelines Revised

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Mar 202009

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Step Change in Safety has revised its Lifting and Mechanical Handling Guidelines.

These guidelines define the responsibilities, training, competencies and assessment of those involved in lifting and mechanical handling operations. They set out a structured approach to the planning of safe lifting.

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