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Oil Rig Safety

By: Jeff Durham - Updated: 31 Aug 2017 | comments*Discuss
Oil Rig Safety Offshore Health And

There can be fewer workplaces which could be deemed to be as ‘high risk’ in terms of health and safety than working on an oil rig. Thankfully, due to the stringent regulations in place and the expertise of the companies who are involved in the offshore industry, major catastrophes are few and far between.

Offshore Safety Regulations

Because of the many potential hazards that could be faced when working on an oil rig, there are 4 sets of UK regulations which are applicable to this particular sector. They are:

  • The Offshore Installation (Safety Case) Regulations 1992 – here it’s necessary for all mobile and fixed offshore installations which operate in UK waters to have a safety case which requires that all safety critical elements on installations must be approved by the Health and Safety Executive
  • The Offshore Installations (Prevention of Fire and Explosion and Emergency Response) Regulations 1995 – these are aimed at protecting offshore workers from fire and explosions and for making sure that the proper procedures are in place to ensure a rapid response from the emergency services should fire or explosion occur
  • The Offshore Installation and Pipeline Works (Management and Administration) Regulations 1995 – which is aimed at the safe management of offshore installations
  • The Offshore Installations and Wells (Design and Construction, etc) Regulations 1996 – which looks at the safety of both offshore and onshore wells, the integrity of installations and the overall safety of the offshore working environment

In addition, the offshore industry also has to abide by the legislation contained in the Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1992, the Noise at Work Regulations 1989 and the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 1999.

Getting to an Installation

Mostly, workers will travel to an oil platform by helicopter. Even here, they’ll be required to wear immersion suits and life jackets and they will also receive a safety briefing before each flight, much as in the way we all do when we travel by plane.

Common Induction Process

Everybody who works offshore within the UK sector of the North Sea offshore industry is required to undertake this induction course. They must additionally have a valid offshore medical certificate and complete the Basic Safety Induction & Emergency Training programme, known as BOSIET. This will train them in areas such as helicopter escape, personal survival, the use of life crafts, first aid post evacuation, fire fighting and how to use breathing apparatus etc.

There will be other regulations in place depending on the nature of the job. For example, you might be working at height as an abseiler inspecting rigs so the usual regulations concerning working at height would also need to be adhered to.

You might be amazed to discover just how serious health and safety issues are to those who operate and work on oil rigs so much so that rules are so stringently adhered to that working offshore is probably one of the safest places to work these days because of all the safety regulations and procedures that have been put into place. Inspectors from the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) visit oil platforms regularly and even seemingly minor accidents like a cut finger, for example, will be vigorously noted and the causes investigated to come up with strategies for making the working environment even safer. Obviously, if there have been any incidents of a more serious nature, the HSE does have the power to prosecute companies if they have failed to abide by the various health and safety regulations applicable to work offshore.

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What are the minimum safety certificates required for visiting an offshore gas and oil rig to do analysis work? I understand I need a health certificate, what about working at height and sea survival?
pad5 - 31-Aug-17 @ 11:09 AM
@Bluepoppy - it sounds as though he's telling you porkies. I'm sure he could receive mail.
Kelsei - 29-Jun-17 @ 3:02 PM
Why doesn't any one answer questions
Bluepoppy - 28-Jun-17 @ 2:00 PM
Are persons working on rigs allowed an address for mail ? Or take photos ? I met someone who said they work on a rig no address for mail?
Kat - 24-Jun-17 @ 8:19 PM
Is there any one can tell me that on oilrig not allowed the camera with videocall???and Google Chrome need administrator permission???
Lyn - 12-Mar-17 @ 5:29 PM
@achu - should you need any additional information to the article, the HSE link should help here.
WorkplaceSafetyAdvice - 22-Jun-15 @ 10:28 AM
Can any one to inform me about the safety issues related to rig works .I am the new comer in this field.
achu - 19-Jun-15 @ 6:05 AM
@mich - I'm sure they can, they aren't cut off from communication when working out there. There will be a postal service via helicopter.
Gary - 20-May-15 @ 1:48 PM
Can staff on oil rigs send post off and receive it.
mich - 17-May-15 @ 1:20 AM
Please send me messages about roustabout job safety
vt - 21-Sep-14 @ 7:12 PM
I want know the different between JSA and toolbox talk
???? ???????? - 8-Jun-14 @ 10:00 AM
Can any one tell me the deffrant between toolboxtalk and jop safety aneylss
sami 6969 - 8-Jun-14 @ 9:58 AM
would you please provide me a proper safety induction for visitors of oil rigs site
aa - 27-Mar-14 @ 11:13 AM
would you please provideme a proper safety induction for visitors of onshore oil rigs site
aa - 27-Mar-14 @ 11:10 AM
Can anyone tell me if there are safety regulations on a Rig that say not to use the screen &/or audio for Skype, but text via Skype is no problem ? Thank you so very much for your answer.
UNNI - 10-Jul-13 @ 11:48 AM
I am interested in all training package in drill rig safety.but i was base notes for oil rigs. than what is the qualifications of oil rigs safety officer and expiration
mani - 10-Jul-13 @ 11:09 AM
Can anyone tell me if there are safety regulations on a Rig that say not to use the screen &/or audio for Skype, but text via Skype is no problem ? Thank you so very much for your answer.
Esther POSKER - 2-Dec-12 @ 8:05 AM
my partner is wanting to go work on the rigs and hes looking into the requirements and courses needed... he has epilepsy... would this stop him getting a job? would be very much grateful if anybody could let me no , thank you
AJ - 9-Jul-12 @ 12:04 AM
I work on a oil rig for savanna energy 605.most companies will give you all the training once your hired
hawaley - 8-Feb-12 @ 1:39 AM
Please can you help me I need some information? Is there a website or organisation where I can get updates on Rig safety regulations.
Joe - 7-Sep-11 @ 10:55 AM
I have been told that to get any kind of employment on an oil rig you must first complete a health and safety course. Can you tell me where and when these courses are running?
Al - 18-Jul-11 @ 2:59 PM
I will be moving to the USA late 2012 I'm planning on going into the oil industry. I just wanted to know if the safety courses required to work offshore in the US. Is their anywhere in the UK that does this courses many thanks.
rock - 7-Jul-11 @ 5:00 PM
I am interested in all the training package in drill rig safety. I find it very helpful to my current job.
Ap - 28-Apr-11 @ 11:16 AM
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