Is it safe to work offshore?
Absolutely. The oil and gas industry is one of the most highly regulated industries in the world when it comes to safety.
Why is safety so strict offshore?
The Piper Alpha disaster on July 6th 1988 revolutionised the industry’s approach to safety. Following the tragic event, Lord Cullen (who chaired the public inquiry) provided 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!
How seriously does the industry take safety?
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.
But what if I just work in an office?
Safety is a huge priority within the energy industry, even when working in an office. Common safety practices include; always placing a lid on a hot drink when walking around an office or maintaining three points of contact at all times on staircases. It may seem unnecessary, but it is a part of everyday working life.
How do I ensure my personal safety?
Everyone working in oil and gas offshore in the UK must follow the same induction process – called the Common Induction Process. You must also have a valid offshore medical certificate which can be obtained at the same time as completing OPITO’s Basic Safety Induction and Emergency Training (BOSIET).
What is PPE?
All employees working in hazardous areas onshore and offshore must wear the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) which will protect against health or safety risks at work. Main components of PPE include a hard hat, safety glasses, safety gloves, coveralls, safety boots and ear protection. Depending on the type of work you are carrying out, additional PPE may be required; for example, various breathing apparatus, chemical suits, harnesses or fire hazard protection.
Do I have to buy my own PPE?
In accordance with the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992, your employer will ensure that suitable personal protective equipment is provided to you and readily available in all instances.