WIG event – 1st may: closing summary – key points
- Another well-attended event with good levels of involvement and active participation
- Top quality presentations throughout the day meeting the objective of sharing good practice
- However good the meeting is, it only directly touches the 100 or so people who attend so we need to carry the message back to the wider community
- Some issues seem to hang around forever and we need to find more effective means of following up on issues raised and closing them out where possible
- Some issues raised, however worthy they may be, are just beyond our capacity to resolve. Things like common permit to work and common observation and intervention systems are likely to stay in the “too difficult” box
- Good to have external guest speakers at WIG events (HSE people associated with Olympics Village on this occasion) as they bring a different and wider perspective. They also help reinforce that the oil and gas industry is ahead of the game in lots of ways
- The many good practice examples we expose at WIG events also help reinforce that for every negative story we hear about our industry, there are many good stories to be told
- Hot topics from “open space” sessions were:
- Working time and in particular onshore rest days between offshore trips (an issue mainly affecting service company personnel);
- Time off for elected safety representatives to discharge their functions effectively; and
- Variations in treatment between Operator and Contractor safety reps.
Positive news on additional training for safety representatives. OPITO is now initiating work to develop an industry approved standard for training. Volunteers are sought to join an industry work group and Nicky Elphinstone is acting as link to OPITO on that group.