Sgurr Energy develops new health & safety guidelines for the offshore and marine energy sectors

The new guidelines address the principal offshore activities and hazards over the life cycle of a development
Sgurr Energy develops new health & safety guidelines for the offshore and marine energy sectors

SgurrEnergy has developed new health and safety guidelines for the offshore wind and marine energy industry on behalf of RenewableUK. The growth of both these sectors with their increasing scale and complexity introduce new risks to people and companies involved and so the new regulations have been developed to address the principal hazards associated with these projects within the wider context of current regulations.

Offshore health and safety is a broad area and so the guidelines address almost 50 different topics, highlighting key issues and signposting relevant guidance from a number of existing sources in order to avoid duplication. The new guidelines have been developed over the past year following extensive consultation and a workshop programme involving representatives of leading developers, manufacturers and contractors. The intention was to produce a set of guidelines that reflect real issues within the industry with particular reference to good practice that has already been adopted.

“Throughout the development of these guidelines, the commitment of industry leaders to health and safety has been very clear, as demonstrated by the time and expertise that was given to support the consultation process” said David Malcolm, senior mechanical engineer at SgurrEnergy. “We have worked hard to produce a document that meets the industry’s needs, and will make it easier for users to find the information that they require.”

Chris Streatfeild, director of health and safety at RenewableUK, added that the publication of the guidelines is an important milestone for the sector and for offshore wind and marine energy projects in particular. The guidelines will be used primarily by developers and clients in relation to projects designed, constructed and operated in the UK but could also act as a useful reference source for manufacturers, contractors and professional advisers.

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