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Safety Standard revised for Offshore Workforce Piloted in North Sea

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

A new standard in offshore safety which aims to advance the role of elected safety representatives (ESRs) in minimizing the risk of accidents and improving safety is to be trialed in the North Sea.

Offshore workers are elected under the Safety Representatives and Safety Committees Regulations 1989. Independent of management, their functions and powers include investigating potential hazards, dangerous occurrences, complaints and the causes of accidents as well as the inspection of installations.

While a basic introductory course already exists, this new advanced standard aims to support more effective workforce involvement by giving ESRs access to training that helps them develop their effectiveness and confidence. Four, two-day pilot courses will be delivered in Aberdeen by risk management company DNV in February and March 2013. Volunteer delegates will get the chance to trial the latest development in safety training for the North Sea workforce. Upon successful approval of the standard, the courses will then be rolled out across the industry and will be available to over 2000 ESRs.

The drive for the new courses came from the Offshore Industry Advisory Committee's (OIAC) Workforce Involvement Group, supported by the Trade Unions, Oil and Gas UK and Step Change in Safety. The standard was developed by ESR's themselves, supported by industry skills body OPITO.



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