The papers and presentations in this volume constitute the proceedings of an HSE sponsored conference on Occupational Health Offshore, held at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre and was supported by UKOOA, TUC, IADC, OCA, IMCA, BROA and WSCA. This event followed the successful Occupational Health Offshore conference held in 1996. Twenty-nine papers were presented and over 160 delegates attended. The range of papers reflects diverse areas of interest from scene setting - policy, strategy and leadership to well being and fitness for duty. The proceedings are a mixture of formal papers and presentations; the decision on which format was used for the individual papers was the author's. The papers published here have not been subject to peer review - although some have the support of various committees. They have been subjected to some editorial work, mainly to ensure consistency of textual presentation. The question and answer sessions, which were transcribed from audio tapes, have been edited to convert, so far as is possible, the spoken word into a readable text.
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