Improvement trend seen in upstream safety

Statistics indicate that safety in the upstream oil and gas industry has continued to improve in recent years, but a number of issue remain.One trend has been to move away from prescriptive safety regulations and towards performance-based or goal-setting regulations.Offshore safety design in the Gulf of Mexico mostly relies on prescribed specification standards unlike the North Sea which has more performance-based safety designs that were an outgrowth of recommendations in the Lord Cullen report on the deadly explosion on the North Sea Piper Alpha platform in 1988 that killed 167 persons.The Lord Cullen report focused more on the need for safety management and not just on offshore technol...

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