Safety is continuously improved in the offshore sector. In order to further reduce injuries to human beings and environmental contamination, the sector wants to move even further. One of the biggest oil companies in Denmark points out that safety within Danish offshore is much more improved than within the shore based industry – but that it certainly can be done even better.
Increasing the safety field as a competitive parameter is a development project which seeks to precisely identify the knowledge level and the challenges in the safety field within Danish oil and gas and within offshore wind turbine energy production. The development project will recommend selective actions and tools to increase safety offshore. These will be published in an ”Offshore Safety Manual”.
Moreover, it is part of the development project to institute an annual Offshore Safety Award which is awarded the company or the individual in Denmark which/who has made an extraordinary effort to increase safety awareness or to reduce the risk of injuries/accidents.
In connection with the development project, an international conference focusing on offshore safety shall be held.
All the results of the development project shall be available to all interested parties via a website, which is developed particularly for this purpose.
The operators and the energy companies in the offshore sector give safety absolute high priority during installation, operation and maintenance of offshore installations. This is due to both the human and environmental aspects of accidents and the oft immeasurable financial consequences. Today a high level of safety is a significant competitive parameter in the international offshore industry.
The day-to-day practical, human and behavioural aspects will focus much on the project, including the employees’ position on safety factors. When the offshore employees realise that their position on safety is basically essential, a lot of the minor and large accidents might be reduced. This will reduce the costs in all phases further.
It is expected that the offshore development project will have a knock-on effect on the industrial sector ashore as a lot of offshore companies operate onshore.
The participants of the development project represent national oil companies and energy companies, subcontractors, trade associations, authorised technological service institutes (GTSs) and researchers.
The organisational pivot of the development project is the project partners: Offshore Center Danmark, Dansk Industri (The Confederation of Danish Industry), Offshore Sikkerhedsrådet (The Offshore Safety Council), Dansk Brandteknisk Institut (GTS) (The Danish Institute of Fire and Security Technology (DBI),) Danish Centre for Risk and Safety Management (RISK, Aalborg Universitet Esbjerg) and representatives from 25 companies of Offshore Center Danmark’s HSSE network which have initiated this development project.
- Establishment of a steering committee (August 2012)
- Identification of and emphasis on the knowledge level and challenges in the safety field (January 2012 – January 2013)
- Recommendations and tools to increase safety offshore are published by an ”Offshore Safety Manual” and a website (August 2012 – December 2012)
- Foundation of an annual Offshore Safety Award and holding of an national offshore safety day (March 2013)
- Holding of an international conference focusing on offshore safety (April 2014)
- Opdating HSEQ section in Offshorebook 2014, here
- Participating in defining and establising offshore safety organisation "Task Force ZERO" now embedded at Oil Gas Denmark, here
- Participating in defining and establising annual offshore safety conference "Safety Conference" now embedded at Oil Gas Denmark, here
- Defining and establising "Offshore Safety Award" now embedded at Oil Gas Denmark, here
- Handing over "Offshore Safety Award" to Oil Gas Denmark, here
- Overall managing of project "Safety Offshore", see minutes hereafter (for members)