Offshore event to explore solutions to safety and health challenges

14 October 2016

Solutions to safety and health challenges brought about by offshore sectors working together will be explored at a major industry event.

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The event, arranged by the Offshore Group of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), will bring together the oil and gas, renewables and marine sectors.

Simon Hatson, Chair of the IOSH group, said that with the three sectors expected to increasingly come together for combined operations in the future, it is vital that safety and health remains a priority to avoid employees getting injured or becoming unwell as a result of their work.

Delegates at the event will hear examples of best practice in the sectors and how they have benefitted businesses.

Mr Hatson said: “Offshore is a high-risk industry. It is vital, therefore, that when the different sectors combine they are able to ensure their safety and health management systems marry up to avoid any incidents which could put employees at risk.

“We are running this event to offer delegates an understanding of the challenges brought about by the different sectors working together, the solutions which can be considered and the potential cost saving opportunities available.

“Those who attend will develop an appreciation for the trials the sectors face, as well as an understanding of the methods adopted to overcome them and the opportunity to identify opportunities to learn from other activities ongoing outside of your own sector of the offshore industry.”

The event, called Let’s Talk: exploring the synergies and differences between the offshore oil and gas and offshore renewables sector, will be held at the Stadium of Light football stadium in Sunderland between 9.15am and 4.15pm on Wednesday 16 November.

There will be presentations from Peter Lowson, Offshore Energy Liaison Officer at the Marine Coastguard Agency; Les Linklater, Executive Director of Step Change in Safety; Chris Streatfeild, Director of Health and Safety at Renewable UK; and Chris Baldwin, Technical Advisor at the International Marine Contractors Association. 

Delegates will also hear from the Health and Safety Executive, with a presentation from Trevor Johnson and Bruce Appleton, while Chris Flint and Bob Egan will lead a question and answer session.

Mr Hatson, who will give the opening address at the event with the IOSH group’s Vice-Chair Mark Jenkins, added: “Businesses which ensure the safety and health of their employees is a top priority reap the rewards, including reductions in absenteeism and having a more motivated workforce.

“As well as hearing examples of best practice from our speakers, people who attend will also have the opportunity to network with like-minded individuals.”

For more information on attending the event, which is open to IOSH members and non-members, click here.

Image: The IOSH Offshore team are shown around Gwynt Y Môr wind farm in 2014.