The oil and gas industry is one of the most highly regulated industries in the world when it comes to safety.
In the North Sea – and increasingly across the globe – the focus on safety is massive. It is not unusual now for offshore oil and gas installations to operate for several months, or even one or two years without a single recordable case, let alone an incident where people lose time at work because of injury (these are known as lost time incidents or LTI's).
This is not because the recording of incidents is being discouraged; it is, in fact, the opposite. Even the most minor graze or cut finger will be recorded and the causes investigated. Statistically, you’re much safer working offshore than in many onshore industries, e.g. construction or agriculture.
Everyone working in oil and gas offshore in the UK must follow the same induction process – called the Common Induction Process. In addition, everyone must have a valid offshore medical certificate – this is usually obtained at the same time as completing the Basic Safety Induction and Emergency Training (BOSIET).
For more information on OPITO safety standards click here.