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Offshore

This information will help offshore dutyholders (owners, operators and contractors) to comply with the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH), as amended, to protect workers’ health.

Offshore [OCE]

OCE0: Advice for managers

  • OCE0: Advice for managers Advice for managersThis sheet describes how to use the Offshore COSHH essentials (OCE) guidance sheet series as part of your COSHH assessments.

OCE1: Preparing surfaces for painting

  • OCE1: Preparing surfaces for painting Preparing surfaces for paintingThis sheet describes good practice for surface preparation by wet and dry blasting and the use of power tools such as needle guns, wire brushes etc. It covers the key points you need to control exposure to an acceptable level as part of your COSHH assessment.

OCE2: Painting by brush/roller

  • OCE2: Painting by brush/roller Painting by brush/rollerThis sheet describes good practice for mixing and applying solventbased paints by brush or roller. It covers the key points you need to follow to help reduce exposure to an acceptable level, as part of your COSHH assessment.

OCE3: Painting by spraying

  • OCE3: Painting by spraying Painting by sprayingThis sheet describes good practice for mixing and spraying solventbased paint but does not apply to water-based paint. It covers the key points you need to follow to help reduce exposure to an acceptable level, as part of your COSHH assessment.

OCE4: Soldering

  • OCE4: Soldering SolderingThis sheet describes good practice for soldering with rosin-based solders, and for desoldering. It covers the key points you need to follow to help reduce exposure to an acceptable level, as part of your COSHH assessment.

OCE5: Insulation - removal

  • OCE5: Insulation - removal Insulation - removalThis sheet describes good practice for removing insulating materials. It covers the key points you need to follow to help reduce exposure to an acceptable level, as part of your COSHH assessment.

OCE6: Hydrogen sulphide

  • OCE6: Hydrogen sulphide Hydrogen sulphideThis sheet describes good practice for work in areas where hydrogen sulphide may arise. It covers the key points you need to follow to help reduce exposure to an acceptable level, as part of your COSHH assessment.

OCE7: Pigging operations

  • OCE7: Pigging operations Pigging operationsThis sheet describes good practice for control of exposure in pigging operations. It covers the key points you need to follow to help reduce exposure to an acceptable level, as part of your COSHH assessment.

OCE8: Mixing of drilling muds (sack room)

  • OCE8: Mixing of drilling muds Mixing of drilling muds (sack room)This sheet describes good practice for control of exposure to chemicals when mixing drilling mud. It covers the key points you need to follow to help reduce exposure to an acceptable level, as part of your COSHH assessment.

OCE9: Use of drilling muds(shale shaker and mud pit areas)

  • OCE9: Use of drilling muds(shale shaker and mud
          pit areas) Use of drilling muds(shale shaker and mud pit areas)This sheet describes good practice for control of exposure to drilling muds (liquids, mists and vapours) in shale shaker and mud pit areas. It includes mud handling, sampling and cleaning activities. It covers the key points you need to follow to help reduce exposure to an acceptable level, as part of your COSHH assessment.

OCE10: Chemical injection

  • OCE10: Chemical injection Chemical injectionThis sheet describes good practice for chemical injection systems. It covers the key points you need to follow to help reduce exposure to an acceptable level, as part of your COSHH assessment.

OCE11: Breaking containment – non-hydrocarbon lines

  • OCE11: Breaking containment – non-hydrocarbon lines Breaking containment – non-hydrocarbon linesThis sheet describes good practice for opening non-hydrocarbon lines. It covers the key points you need to follow to help reduce exposure to an acceptable level, as part of your COSHH assessment.

OCE12: Breaking containment – hydrocarbon lines

  • OCE12: Breaking containment – hydrocarbon lines Breaking containment – hydrocarbon linesThis sheet describes good practice for opening hydrocarbon lines. It covers the key points you need to follow to help reduce exposure to an acceptable level, as part of your COSHH assessment.

OCE13: Breaking containment – process cleaning operations

  • OCE13: Breaking containment – process cleaning operations Breaking containment – process cleaning operationsThis sheet describes good practice for internal cleaning of process plant and vessels, eg separators, hydrocyclones, pipework etc. It covers the key points you need to follow to help reduce exposure to an acceptable level, as part of your COSHH assessment.

OCE14: Breaking containment – mercury

  • OCE14: Breaking containment – mercury Breaking containment – mercuryThis sheet describes good practice where mercury (metal, inorganic or organic) occurs naturally in crude, condensate or gas streams during production operations. It covers the key points you need to follow to help reduce exposure to an acceptable level, as part of your COSHH assessment.

OCE15: Potable water and legionella control

  • OCE15: Potable water and legionella control Potable water and legionella controlThis sheet describes good practice for storage, maintenance and distribution of potable water. The water may be bunkered or made on board the offshore installation.

OCE16: Bulk sampling

  • OCE16: Bulk sampling Bulk samplingThis sheet describes good practice for taking samples – process fluids, well fluids, aviation fuel etc. It covers the key points you need to follow for good control practice to control exposure as part of your COSHH assessment.

OCE17: Laboratory practice

  • OCE17: Laboratory practice Laboratory practiceThis sheet describes good practice for laboratory work offshore involving the analysis of chemicals and process fluids, eg measuring oil in water using perchloroethylene (TTCE).

OCE19: Pressure cleaning – external structures

  • OCE19: Pressure cleaning – external structures Pressure cleaning – external structuresThis sheet describes good practice for pressure washing external areas, eg to remove drilling residues, guano etc. It covers the key points you need to follow to help reduce exposure to an acceptable level, as part of your COSHH assessment.

OCE20: Sewage system maintenance

  • OCE20: Sewage system maintenance Sewage system maintenanceThis sheet describes good practice for emergency maintenance and repair of foul water systems. It covers the key points you need to follow to help reduce exposure to an acceptable level, as part of your COSHH assessment.

OCE21: Laundry

  • OCE21: Laundry LaundryThis sheet describes good practice for laundering contaminated work clothing. It covers the key points you need to follow to help reduce exposure to an acceptable level, as part of your COSHH assessment.

OCE22: Cleaning accommodation and facilities

  • OCE22: Cleaning accommodation and facilitiesCleaning accommodation and facilitiesThis sheet covers the use of cleaning chemicals in accommodation and facilities. It describes good practice for handling cleaning products and covers the key points you need to follow to help reduce exposure to an acceptable level, as part of your COSHH assessment.

OCE23: Cleaning up body fluids

  • OCE23: Cleaning up body fluids Cleaning up body fluidsThis sheet describes good practice for clearing up body fluids – vomit, faeces, blood etc. It covers the key points you need to follow to help reduce exposure to an acceptable level, as part of your COSHH assessment.

OCE24: Cementing

  • OCE24: Cementing CementingThis sheet describes good practice for well cementing operations – pumping of cement mixtures and other fluid systems, such as spacers. It covers the key points you need to follow to help reduce exposure to an acceptable level, as part of your COSHH assessment.

OCE25: Well servicing – chemical

  • OCE25: Well servicing – chemical Well servicing – chemical injectionThis sheet describes good practice for well servicing operations – injection of substances such as antifreeze, scale inhibitors, corrosion inhibitors and hydrate dispersants into the well. The task involves connection and disconnection of flexible metal pipes between tote tanks, a pump, and the well injection point.

OCE26: Drilling waste treatment

  • OCE26: Drilling waste treatment Drilling waste treatmentThis sheet describes good practice for control of exposure to drill cuttings and associated waste handling and treatment systems. It covers the key points you need to follow to help reduce exposure to an acceptable level, as part of your COSHH assessment.

Offshore [OCM]

OCM1: Confined spaces

  • OCM1: Confined spaces Confined spacesThis sheet describes issues to cover in method statements for safe work in confined spaces.

OCM2: Local exhaust ventilation (LEV)

  • OCM2: Local exhaust ventilation Local exhaust ventilation (LEV)This sheet describes good practice for checking, maintaining and testing local exhaust ventilation (LEV) equipment to control gas, vapour, fume or dust.

OCM3: Personal protective equipment (PPE)

OCM4: Respiratory protective equipment (RPE)

OCM5: Emergency planning

  • OCM5: Emergency planning Emergency planningThis sheet describes good practice in planning for emergencies and helps identify tasks where an emergency could arise. Emergency planning for confined spaces can be found in OCM1.

OCM6: Exposure monitoring

  • OCM6: Exposure monitoring Exposure monitoringThis sheet describes good practice for monitoring worker exposure. It includes advice to test fixed alarms.

OCM7: Health surveillance

  • OCM7: Health surveillance Health surveillanceThis sheet descibes why health surveillance is an integral part of health risk management.

OCM8: Storing chemicals

  • OCM8: Storing chemicals Storing chemicalsThis sheet describes good practice for storing chemicals. It covers the key points you need to follow to help reduce exposure to an adequate level, as part of your COSHH assessment.

Offshore [OFE]

OFE1: Food safety and hygiene

  • OFE1: Food safety and hygiene Food safety and hygieneThis sheet describes good practice to ensure the management, control and monitoring of all aspects of food safety and hygiene.

Offshore [ORE]

2015-05-28