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Right now, the sector faces a hammer blow because of a set of questionably constructed diktats that have emanated from what amounts to a transport safety inquiry.
The trigger was the spate of deadly accidents over the past five years. The CAA implemented its inquiry in September, delivering its findings and orders in February.
Now we have had a month to absorb the implications of the report and late last month some of my colleagues even had an opportunity to hear from the man himself at Oil & Gas UK’s breakfast briefing.
Sir Ian faced a Parkinson-style interview from Malcolm Webb of Oil & Gas UK in front of a packed audience and then responded to a flurry of questions from the floor.
However, if preventative measures are not taken ahead of time to ensure a successful and incident-free trip offshore, it could have a seriously detrimental effect on your own health, and also pose a risk to colleagues and risk costly downtime.
Your employer and the operator of your installation or vessel take this very seriously. They manage this by ensuring robust processes and policies are in place and communicated effectively through their HR teams to their workforce; the company occupational health teams support this to ensure the best guidance is provided.