Enhancing offshore safety

Over the past 20 years, the oil and gas industry—both onshore and offshore—has improved tenfold in occupational safety performance. Over the same timeframe, the trend in major hazard accident risk also has shown improvement, but not in all regions of the world and not at the same levels of success. These were some of the findings made by Det Norske Veritas AS in a positioning paper released early last month. The paper, entitled "Enhancing Offshore Safety and Environment Performance," spotlighted six "critical levers" to improve offshore safety and environmental performance above current levels and, in particular, suggested ways to prevent and mitigate major accidents. ...

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