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Groups at particular risk

The companies must reduce the threat of injury and illness for groups particularly exposed to such risks by continuing to develop operating parameters and to adopt specific measures.

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The risk of occupational injury and illness is unequally distributed between groups of workers in the petroleum industry.

Sickness and occupational injuries impose major human and economic costs on society, companies and individuals.

Operating parameters often limit opportunities to reduce risk.

The companies are insufficiently active in implementing robust risk-reduction measures for particularly exposed groups, and lag behind in the development and application of new technology.

The industry must:

  • Continue to develop good operating parameters which support a high level of health, safety and the environment (HSE), and which are compatible with expertise and capacity.
  • They also need to develop a coherent picture of the risk of illness and injury faced by groups of employees. This knowledge must then be actively applied in a risk-based approach, which concentrates efforts on groups where the need and effect are greatest.
  • Vessel owners/drilling contractors must accept greater responsibility for identifying and following up groups particularly exposed to risk on mobile units.
  • They must make further progress with their processes for assessing and adopting measures, including the development and application of new technology.
  • Riskreducing measures must be implemented for groups particularly exposed to risk, and the effectiveness of these actions needs to be followed up.
  • The industry has to acquire more information about risk conditions for contract and foreign workers, in part to prevent social dumping.
  • Both employers and unions must play a more active role in efforts to reduce risk for particularly vulnerable groups.

We will:

  • continue to follow up the industry’s work on groups particularly exposed to risk in 2013, with an emphasis on the adoption of specific risk-reduction measures by the companies.
  • Weight will also be given to monitoring vessel owners/drilling contractors, with a particular focus on groups particularly exposed to risk on mobile units. And decision-makers in company procurement and contract teams will be addressed more clearly.
  • We will continue to develop, systematise and convey knowledge acquired through its supervisory activities and from other sources.
  • In addition, we will consider developing regulations on the basis of experience gained from work with groups particularly exposed to risk and with operating parameters.