The common thread running throughout this edition of Wireline would seem to be leadership. Leadership is shown in our news story about Step Change in Safety’s initiative to promote best practice in occupational health across the industry with its new ‘tool kit’ to help companies measure their performance.
It’s also present in the news of the imminent launch of an industry-wide project that will give companies access to a supply of fully trained people, not necessarily from their own payrolls, to help deal with the many hundreds of calls from anxious relatives and members of the general public that follow a serious incident, a need that was identified and a solution developed as a result of the tragic events of last April in the Flight 85N incident.
The thread continues in our feature articles where the industry’s determination to drive safety improvements through collaboration across the sector and with regulators and the unions is demonstrated in the setting up of the new Helicopter Safety Steering Group under Step Change in Safety and on the work of OSPRAG, the Oil Spill Response and Advisory Group created in May following the Macondo incident in the Gulf of Mexico earlier this year in April.
In this issue, we also say farewell to two very dear friends of the industry, who were both leaders in their own way; the Reverend Andrew J Jolly MBE BD CertMin, our chaplain whose compassion and ‘can-do’ attitude won him great respect; and Bob Kyle, Oil & Gas UK’s safety consultant, whose long, outstanding commitment to improving safety rightly earned him the industry’s first ever ‘life-time’ Safety Award presented by the co-chairs of Step Change in Safety earlier this year. At Oil & Gas UK, we were devastated by their deaths, both from cancer, within days of each other at the end of September. They will both be missed very much.
Leadership inspires and encourages us forward to achievement. But I cannot end without mentioning another source of inspiration you will find in these pages: our events manager, Louise Wood who represented Scotland in the European Mixed Curling Championships this autumn and came home with the gold medal. We offer Louise our many congratulations!
Take Step Change’s occupational health check A new way to assess whether a company’s management of occupational health risks is fit for purpose
Progress towards bank of relative responders in emergencies Industry close to establishing a bank of relative response services for use in emergencies
• Government proposal to limit migration Oil & Gas UK highlights how the proposal could jeopardise investment and employment in the UKCS
HSE’s KP4 asset integrity programme welcomed Oil & Gas UK welcomes HSE’s major new initiative to ensure that the UK’s ageing offshore installations are managed safely and effectively
Industry mourns loss of two good friends Oil & Gas UK saddened by deaths of Reverend Andrew Jolly and Bob Kyle
PARLIAMENTARY UPDATE • Westminster and Holyrood A round-up of Oil & Gas UK’s political engagements
Europe Latest news from the heart of Europe
FEATURE ARTICLES •
Collaboration is key to unlocking new technologies ITF plays an important role in developing pioneering tools and technologies to unlock UK’s oil and gas
Helicopter safety finds new home in Step Change New group builds on work of Helicopter Task Group to identify and address cross-industry issues concerning helicopter safety
• New faces boost networking opportunities at PILOT Share Fair 12 Delegates meet the largest ever cross-section of oil and gas companies as event expands
Trisha O’Reilly Communications Director
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• UK action on oil spill capability and response Malcolm Webb describes work carried in UK out since Deepwater Horizon
Focus on operations: o Spotlight on the strategy for UK subsea operations Industry faces challenge of sustaining and enhancing its global subsea leadership position o Access to infrastructure – delivering timely negotiated service arrangements Paul Dymond explains how ICoP principles are being reinforced
Spotlight on new Oil & Gas UK Board members Introducing new faces on the Board
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