UK North Sea workers to get unified employee's offshore passport

Nov 08, 1999 01:00 AM

An estimated 80 % of the UK North Sea oil and gas industry's 25,000 offshore workforce could be using a unified employee's offshore passport by the middle of next year. Vantage, a smart-card which will initially provide personal details such as survival training, medical history, next of kin and time spent offshore, is to be introduced early this year as part of the industry's Step Change in Safety programme aimed at delivering safety system improvements throughout the industry.
Project manager Andy Leadbetter (BP Amoco) said the card data, which would later be extended to include skill training and competency, would provide enhanced safety information to those in charge of the workforce. Offshore installation managers would be given the necessary information to decide whether an individual was suitable for a specific offshore trip, given the fact that the same person may well have already completed a fortnight's duty on another installation.
"In other words, OIMs will be forced into risk assessment they do not undertake at present," said Leadbetter. Enterprise Oil and the Wood Group will be among the first companies to adopt the passport which is being developed, at a cost of £ 250,000, through consultation between industry bodies, the TUC and the Health and Safety Executive. The passport is being designed for use by all offshore personnel, including those on supply and stand-by vessels.

Source: IINX via Iinoil
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