New regulations, such as the EU directive, mirror society’s zero tolerance for offshore accidents. The offshore oil and gas industry has achieved an outstanding improvement in occupational safety over the past three decades. Although it has learned much from major accidents in the past, such accidents are still occurring. DNV GL’s contribution as a risk management expert is to put special efforts into assisting the industry, which is now facing increasingly complex and demanding environments. In order to support this incredibly challenging issue, we have compiled our recommendations in the report entitled ‘Enhancing offshore safety and environmental performance’, which aims to offer guidance to build a safer working environment.
The report compiles our global experience of major accidents and studies key factors necessary for improved offshore safety and the management of the associated risks, especially when entering more demanding areas. It concludes that there are six important performance levers which we suggest should form the basis of all planning and execution of oil & gas operations. If achieved, this holistic framework should therefore lessen the probability of a major accident hazard, and thereby mitigate the risk.