Oil & Gas UK Updates Fire, Explosion Guidance

Industry body Oil & Gas UK announced Thursday that it has published updated information setting out good practice in designing against fire and explosions on offshore installations.

The document, which was developed by industry experts, builds on guidance originally published more than ten years ago and will act as an important tool in efforts to reduce risk to life, Oil & Gas UK confirmed.

“The UK offshore oil and gas industry works hard to preserve its internationally respected major hazard management reputation and this guidance is a significant part of that effort,” Oil & Gas UK Health and Safety Manager, Bob Lauder, said in an organization statement.

“This living document builds on guidance originally published in 2007 and is part of a planned review process. It aims to reduce the risk to life, the environment and the integrity of offshore facilities exposed to fire and explosion hazards by providing a robust technical foundation to support design decisions,” he added.

“We would like to thank the experts involved in this process, whose significant effort ensures that the guidance reflects current good practice and remains a solid technical reference for the understanding and management of fire and explosion hazards throughout the lifecycle of offshore installations on the UK Continental Shelf,” Lauder continued.

The document, which is nominally reviewed every three years, was developed by the fire and explosion working group of the Oil & Gas UK major hazards technical group.


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