Safety in the oil and gas industry

You may have heard about the different safety training involved in working in oil and gas but do you know just how important safety is to the industry?

The Piper Alpha disaster on July 6th 1988 revolutionised the industry’s approach to safety. Following the tragic event a public inquiry was launched, which resulted in Lord Cullen (who chaired the inquiry) providing more than 100 recommendations on how safety could be improved moving forward. The industry has since made significant improvements, with an estimated £2billion spent on this in the first ten years following Piper Alpha alone!

So just how seriously does the industry take safety? The answer is simple, very.  You will notice when visiting any oil and gas company that you will be asked to sit and watch a safety video detailing their safety procedures in event of an emergency.  Other commonly used safety practices include always placing a lid on a hot drink when walking around an office and having to hold onto a handrail when using stairs. This may sound unnecessary but for the industry it is part of everyday working life.

Safety is not just a focus internally, companies across industry work together to improve standards of safety of both the workforce and its practices. OPITO’s Safety and Competency Conference took place this week in Abu Dhabi and is the only annual, global event that focuses entirely on safety and competency in oil and gas. The conference brought together companies from all parts of the industry from operators to supply chain and training organisations to allow them to discuss safety and work together to build a safer future.

Considering a career in oil and gas? Well if you are you will soon learn how vital training is to the industry. There are strict training regulations and requirements in place across the oil and gas sector to help ensure a safe and competent workforce.  For example, in order to work offshore delegates must have completed both the Basic Offshore Safety Induction and Emergency Training (BOSIET) and Minimum Industry Safety Training (MIST) courses alongside a medical examination by a registered practitioner. This training equips workers with the relevant skills and knowledge to keep themselves safe, which is ultimately the most important part of working in oil and gas.

So hopefully the above has helped you learn about safety in the oil and gas industry, if you are looking for more information however there is lots of helpful information and resources available throughout our website.