Related links

The following links may be useful for health and safety practitioners with offshore responsibilities. By using these links, you will move to external sites. IOSH and its Offshore Group are not responsible for the content of external internet sites.

If you know of web sites that may be of interest to members please contact us with details.

Offshore regulators

Offshore sector good/best practices

Significant accidents 


The Global Wind Organisation (GWO) is a non-profit membership organisation where wind turbine manufacturers and owners of wind turbines are eligible as members.
In order to become a member of GWO, prospective members have to sign the GWO Framework Agreement which entails that as a GWO member, your organisation will:

  • Participate in the GWO Steering Committee to decide strategy and action plans
  • Apply GWO standards whenever relevant and possible
  • Allocate subject matter experts to: develop standards in Training Committee; perform non-conformity investigations in Audit and Compliance Committee; share costs equally if there is no other income to cover.

The aim of Oil & Gas UK is to strengthen the long-term health of the offshore oil and gas industry in the United Kingdom by working closely with companies across the entire sector, governments and other stakeholders to address the important issues. Their publications page includes several giving H, S (and E) guidance, some of which have become de facto sector standards, including beyond UK N Sea area (see the publications beginning HS... or EN …).

Step Change in Safety is a UK voluntary group aimed at defining and sharing good practices across the UK sector. It is particularly focused on engagement of both organisational leaders and employee representatives. It has a wide range of good practice publications and toolkits that have become UK sector and, in some cases, global standards. Step Change is funded by its member organisations – employees of those organisations can download material and attend events for free, but non-members are charged. IOSH Offshore Group is discussing with Step Change how such criteria can best be applied for OSH professionals.

The International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC) represents the worldwide oil and gas drilling industry. IADC’s mission is to improve industry health, safety and environmental practices; advance drilling and completion technology; and champion responsible standards, practices, legislation and regulations that provide for safe, efficient and environmentally sound drilling operations worldwide. Through conferences, training seminars, print and electronic publications, and a comprehensive network of technical publications, IADC continually fosters education and communication within the upstream petroleum industry. The IADC HSE webpage gives access to IADC Safety Alerts, safety case guidelines, training standards, etc.

The Marine Safety Forum actively promotes good practices and initiatives to promote safety within the marine sector of the Northern European oil and gas industry. Lots of Safety Alerts, vessel checklists and other publications. The International Association of Marine Contractors (IMCA) publishes a wide range of Safety, Environment and Legislation documents – see p3 of their publications catalogue, mostly priced. IMCA also publishes many Safety Flashes, though these are available only to member organisations.

The Offshore Industry Advisory Committee (OIAC) is a tripartite committee. OIAC includes members representing employers, employees, unions, trade associations and other government departments.

The UK ‘voice for offshore wind and marine energy’ is Renewable UK, with a wide range of health & safety publications (filter by topic) and events, including an annual Health and Safety conference.

G+ is a global organisation of operators of offshore windfarms, formed to  create and deliver world class health and safety performance across all of its activities. G+ runs Safe by Design Workshops, publishes HSE statistics, and develops Good Practice Guidelines.

The Occupational Safety and Health Consultants Register (OSHCR) is a register of consultants who can offer general advice to UK businesses to help them manage health and safety risks. All consultants who join the register are bound by their professional body code of conduct and are committed to providing sensible and proportionate advice.

The Safety and Loss Prevention Group of the Institution of Chemical Engineers provides a network for all those interested in safety within the process industries. Process safety transcends disciplinary boundaries and concerns a wide range of professionals including chemical, mechanical and electrical engineers, pure scientists and even accountants. This webpage includes current news, events and access to a range of resources, including historical reports of HSE major accident investigations.

Julie Littlejohns, Relationship Manager

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