The Scottish National Party has called on the North Sea oil and gas sector to improve health and safety standards.
The Scottish National Party has called on the North Sea oil and gas sector to improve health and safety (H&S) processes, after a recent survey by UK union Unite showed a significant number of offshore workers believed that H&S standards were declining in the region.
“The safety of our oil and gas workers has to be paramount, and it is concerning to see that workers feel the health and safety standards offshore have fallen,” SNP MSP (member of Scottish Parliament) for Aberdeenshire East, Gillian Martin, said in a statement sent to Rigzone.
Almost 60 percent of surveyed workers in the North Sea stated that health and safety standards had dropped in the last six months, according to Unite.
“Unfortunately the results that came back are quite concerning to us and we believe there is an ongoing problem with the standard of safety offshore,” Unite Regional Officer William Wallace told BBC Radio Scotland Wednesday.
“Unite knows that North Sea operators are facing challenges due to falling oil prices. But companies have to realize that they can’t prop up their profits - or create a sustainable industry - by simply reducing the numbers of skilled workers on the job,” Wallace said in a statement sent to Rigzone.
Following the results of the survey, Unite is calling for a confidential whistleblowing helpline to be created where offshore workers could raise concerns. Just under 87 percent of workers supported the plan.
“The call from Unite for a confidential helpline where workers can raise health and safety issues is welcome and should be considered by the industry. Workers need to feel the confidence to report issues when they see them as the consequences of not making improvements to health and safety offshore could be disastrous,” Martin said.
Gillian Martin worked for over 20 years in producing safety videos and e-learning for the oil and gas industry.
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