Offshore industry resources

The following links may be useful for health and safety practitioners with offshore responsibilities. By using these links, you will move to external sites. IOSH and its Offshore Group are not responsible for the content of external internet sites.

If you know of web sites that may be of interest to members please contact us with details.

Offshore regulators
Offshore sector good/best practices

The Global Wind Organisation (GWO) is a non-profit membership organisation where wind turbine manufacturers and owners of wind turbines are eligible as members.

In order to become a member of GWO, prospective members have to sign the GWO Framework Agreement which entails that as a GWO member, your organisation will:

  • Participate in the GWO Steering Committee to decide strategy and action plans
  • Apply GWO standards whenever relevant and possible
  • Allocate subject matter experts to: develop standards in Training Committee; perform non-conformity investigations in Audit and Compliance Committee; share costs equally if there is no other income to cover.

The aim of Oil & Gas UK is to strengthen the long-term health of the offshore oil and gas industry in the United Kingdom by working closely with companies across the entire sector, governments and other stakeholders to address the important issues. Their publications page includes several giving H, S (and E) guidance, some of which have become de facto sector standards, including beyond UK N Sea area (see the publications beginning HS... or EN ).

Step Change in Safety is a UK voluntary group aimed at defining and sharing good practices across the UK sector. It is particularly focused on engagement of both organisational leaders and employee representatives. It has a wide range of good practice publications and toolkits that have become UK sector and, in some cases, global standards. Step Change is funded by its member organisations employees of those organisations can download material and attend events for free, but non-members are charged. IOSH Offshore Group is discussing with Step Change how such criteria can best be applied for OSH professionals.

The Marine Safety Forum actively promotes good practices and initiatives to promote safety within the marine sector of the Northern European oil and gas industry. Lots of Safety Alerts, vessel checklists and other publications. The International Association of Marine Contractors (IMCA) publishes a wide range of Safety, Environment and Legislation documents see p3 of their publications catalogue, mostly priced. IMCA also publishes many Safety Flashes, though these are available only to member organisations.

The Offshore Industry Advisory Committee (OIAC) is a tripartite committee. OIAC includes members representing employers, employees, unions, trade associations and other government departments.

G+ is a global organisation of operators of offshore windfarms, formed to create and deliver world class health and safety performance across all of its activities. G+ runs Safe by Design Workshops , publishes HSE statistics , and develops Good Practice Guidelines .

The Occupational Safety and Health Consultants Register (OSHCR) is a register of consultants who can offer general advice to UK businesses to help them manage health and safety risks. All consultants who join the register are bound by their professional body code of conduct and are committed to providing sensible and proportionate advice.