Welcome to the Offshore Safety Resource Center

All of the resources below are available to you entirely free of charge. You will be asked to complete a short form for the first download, but after that you will have immediate access to all items. If you have any comments or suggestions about these resources, or would like to contribute to this library, please email jj.xuehan@iqpc.co.uk.


hseInfographic: Asset Integrity / HSE Success Wheel
Since 1965, there have been a host of major offshore incidents ending in numerous fatalities, destruction of assets, environmental chaos and legal battles costing billions of dollars. 2010’s Macondo blowout only served to heighten the crucial importance of offshore safety procedures to the oil and gas sector.

In this interactive infographic, we outline the 24 essential criteria that need to form part of a winning and disaster-proof AIM/HSE programme.

Survey Result

SurveyCurrent Trends in Offshore Safety
In preparation for Oil and Gas iQ’s Offshore Safety Summit 2012, offshore safety professionals were invited to complete a short survey to assess the current trends and challenges.

Business Case

Business-Case Download the Business Case of Offshore Safety Summit 2012 – Houston
A conference is not just a few days out of the office, it’s hard work! This document outlines the benefit of attending conference, especially Offshore Safety Summit 2012 – Houston.

Exclusive Interviews with Offshore Safety Experts

Hopkins50x50 21 Months On: The API Revisit Macondo And Voices The Lessons Learned
Holly Hopkins, Senior Policy Advisor at the American Petroleum Institute (API) speaks with Oil & Gas iQ’s Editor In Chief, Tim Haïdar, about the lay of the regulatory landscape after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Blowout.

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stevesonWhy Do We Always Need A Wake Up Call To Get HSE Right?
In this interview, Ian Stevenson, Group Leader QHSE at Technip talks about the changes that have occurred in the offshore sector since the Deepwater Horizon blowout in April 2010.

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KJMearnsMajor Disasters Offshore: What is the impact of Situational Awareness?

Dr Kathryn Mearns, Senior Lecturer at the University of Aberdeen, joins Oil & Gas IQ to discuss her paper on situational awareness in offshore crews. She summarises the background, the concept, the research and the findings, before discussing the lessons operators can potentially take away from it. She also offers her opinion on the offshore industry with regard to safety and the human factors involved. The interview closes with a discussion on the other studies that Dr Mearns has been involved with in the offshore industry, and areas of the oil and gas industry she would like to explore in the future.

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Featured Reports

New Report: Never Say Never Again
By Derek Park, Oil & Gas iQ

On the evening of 6th July 1988, Piper Alpha exploded and 167 people lost their lives. The subsequent Cullen enquiry was seen as a watershed for UK offshore safety and integrity.

In April 2010, Deepwater Horizon suffered a blowout and eleven people died, unleashing an oil slick of up to 4.9 million barrels over an area of 68,000 square miles. Both these tragedies made headlines around the world and have become etched into our industry brains. The reaction from governments and public was ‘never again’ but can government or industry say with any certainty that these tragedies will not be repeated?

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48.6 per cent oil and gas professionals say Human Factors are the biggest challenge in offshore safety

Ahead of the Offshore Safety Summit 2012, the Oil & Gas iQ team conducted an extensive industry survey on current trends in offshore safety. One of the key findings summarised in the report now available is that following recent disasters (e.g. Macondo) 78% of those survey feel there is increased pressure on oil and gas operators to adopt and/or comply with HSE policies. “Perhaps surprisingly, most people think that the biggest challenge regarding offshore safety is the human factor, with 48.6 per cent of those polled citing this as their number one concern

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Deepwater Horizon Joint Investigation Team Releases Final Report

The eagerly-awaited investigative report 2010's tragic Deepwater Horizon explosion and ensuing oil spill has been released by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE)/U.S. Coast Guard Joint Investigation Team (JIT).

The report was published after a wide-ranging 17-month inquiry and has laid the primary blame for the accident and ensuing oil spill at the feet of BP.

Chapters of the final BOEMRE JIT Investigative Report can be downloaded below:

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Peter2Strategies for the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill
Peter Voser, CEO, Royal Dutch Shell, discusses the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. He says first they must find a technical solution to clean up the oil spill; it is most important to first contain the spill.

HealthHealth and Safety in the 21st Century - Everyone has a Role to Play
Gordon McDonald discusses health and safety issues in the oil and gas industry.

peterLeadership and Safety
In this video, Peter Voser, Chief Executive Officer, Royal Dutch Shell, describes some important safety procedures when out on an oil rig. He stresses the importance of safety training and learning.

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Assessing the impact of Macondo

  • Legislative implications- what can you expect from the European Commission?
  • Examine the key differences between the North Sea and Gulf of Mexico - safety cases, standards and regulations
  • What’s next for HSE in the oil and gas industry? How has the Gulf of Mexico Macondo blow out affected safety standards?
  • Discover how best to prepare for future major incidents that could occur on your rigs

Steve Walker, Head of Offshore Safety, HSE UK


Leadership in health and safety: An innovative approach to change

  • Transforming business leaders into safety leaders
  • Drive cultural change from leadership through to workforce engagement
  • Reshaping the HSE culture of a multicultural and decentralised organisation

Davide Scotti, HSE New Initiatives and Change Manager, Saipem


ATEX- Compliance and regulation

  • What is ATEX and how is it relevant to the safety of your assets?
  • Compliance and procurement, what are the basics you need to know?
  • What are the implications with regards to oilfield disasters from a legal point of view?

Duncan Lloyd, HSE Manager, Schlumberger


Situational awareness of offshore crews

  • Defining situational awareness and its impact in incident prevention offshore
  • Measure the impact of workload, stress and fatigue, and their impact upon situational awareness
  • Analysing the findings of a research study into the situational awareness of offshore crews and the direct link to accident prevention

Kathryn Mearns, Senior Lecturer, University of Aberdeen


Alarm management: A key element of process safety management

  • Shape your relations through the effective implementation of leadership strategies
  • Discover the possible contributions to Process Safety Management
  • Link how good alarm management contributes to improved uptime and reliability?

Rob Turner, Principal Consultant, Safety, ABB Engineering Services


Making robust Barriers for Human Failure

Aligning people, processes and technology for Optimum performance is the definition of Ergonomics. Human Factors is not behaviours it’s hard engineering.

  • Turn strategy into reality
  • We talk about Human Error and often do not diagnose the pain
  • We must differentiate, we are all different
  • The gains are there to take and deliver performance

Tim Southam, Managing Director, Progress Through People