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Harmonising safety cases has been an objective of the NSOAF for some time. The idea originated in the Netherlands in the early nineties from discussions SSM inspectors had with drilling contractors at the time that safety case regime was introduced. However, not much progress was made until the late nineties. Not until someone was found who would champion the initiative. That is where Noble Drilling came in.

During 1997 Noble Drilling was the only drilling contractor active in four different North Sea coastal states and therefore Noble Drilling was selected by the NSOAF to undergo the first multi-national audit which focused on their HSE management system. During this period Noble Drilling was involved in a process of changing and upgrading its management system. From this audit it became clear that not only one common management system, but also one standard safety case (instead of a different one per coastal state) would contribute to improving the safety and health performance. Stimulated by the multinational audit process Noble Drilling submitted during 1998 and 1999 the same HSE cases (documents) in Denmark and the Netherlands, building on the UK Safety Case. Noble Drilling Netherlands management was instrumental in this initiative. A number of in depth reviews with the regulators were conducted and it became obvious that a harmonised HSE case approach would make the risk assessment process and supervision by the regulators much more transparent for all parties involved.

Through IADC and NSOAF meetings it became clear that within the North Sea chapter other drilling contractors were thinking along the same lines. It was agreed to develop a North West European HSE case guidelines. The IADC made funds available for expert support and Noble Drilling Netherlands BV volunteered to act as a project champion. In close liaison with the NSOAF a template, based on the Noble Drilling HSE cases, was developed. Early 2003 the NSOAF accepted the North West European HSE case guidelines for MODU’s. 

This excellent initiative has great potential for contributing to improve the safety and health of offshore operations in other regions of the world. As a matter of fact, during a meeting in May 2004 in Dubrovnic between European Regulators and Drilling Contractors is was agreed to develop the template further in order for it to be used for land operations and operations around the world. IADC has made a commitment to lead this. Soon it will be possible to download these guidelines from the IADC website  You will be able to get a copy of the 3rd revision of these guidelines with one of the IADC representative who are attending this conference today and tomorrow.


Step Change in Safety, the oldest organisation of its kind, began in 1997 as a collaboration of industry leaders connected with the UK offshore oil and gas industry. Its aim is to work in partnership to share safety information and good practice and to secure a step change in UK’s offshore safety performance. It has forged strong links with all UK upstream oil and gas stakeholders uniting senior managers of oil companies, contractors, suppliers, Trades Union and relevant government departments.Step Change has four workforce networks that target UKCS companies from factory floor to senior management. Through these networks the Step Change Leadership Team keeps abreast of safety issues and directs workgroups to solve key problems and develop guidance to improve safety performance.In terms if its achievements, Step Change has raised consciousness that safety is integral to best sustainable economic performance. It has contributed to lasting reductions in accidents and unsafe incidents and shares incident data far exceeing statutory reporting requirements. Lots of products have been created e.g. good practice booklets, an interactive web site and safety alert database, an offshore passport, videos and CDs covering issues as diverse as safety observational systems, lifting and mechanical handling, lessons learned from 11North Sea fatalities, and common permit to work system.In collaboration with HSE, StepChange has secured from the UK Government and Industry sustainability forum (known as PILOT) a commitment for the UK to become the safest offshore sector in the world by 2010. It has set a powerful agenda for all stakeholder companies to target asset integrity, safety culture, and hazard management.

In terms of its impact elsewhere, Step Change products have been exported world-wide and are translated into a number of different languages including Russian and Chinese. The British Standards Institute has incorporated elements of Step Change guidance into its own standards. Step Change has presented to offshore communities as far apart as Australia, the USA, and the West Indies. The web site is used by many organisations from more than 100 countries: 25% of the registered users are from outside the UK.

The Carolita Kallaur Award for outstanding international safety leadership is presented to “Step Change in Safety” by the International Regulators Forum.

The award recognises the impact Step Change has made in the UK in raising awareness of safety as an key driver for best sustainable business performance, and in securing long term reductions in injury rates and near miss incidents.

The award also recognises that Step Change’s guidance booklets and web sites have gained world-wide interest and influence.   For more information about Step Change in Safety see website :


The Norwegian project “Working Together for Safety” was established in January 2001 as a step to improve the safety in human conduct on board vessels and installations in the offshore petroleum industry, and to direct attention to all issues that influence on the character of offshore work and its framework conditions.

It is a forum for the stakeholders of the industry, with a mandate to contribute to enhancing safety in offshore activities, reduce the number of personnel injuries and catastrophes, improve co-workers and their families’ confidence in the industry, enhance trust and cooperation between the players of the industry and improve the industry’s reputation.
The project has been very productive and developed a number of recommendations and guidelines. One particularly outstanding achievement has been the development of uniform rules for issuing Work Permits and carrying out Safe Job Analysis related to work on installations.

There are about 70 installations on the Norwegian Continental Shelf, which are operated by 8 different oil and gas companies. Around one thousand work permits are issued every day offshore. About 70 percent of the workers, however, move between several installations and thus they encountered new rules and procedures in each work place. This increased the risk of making mistakes and entailed an increased safety risk as well. Working Together for Safety prepared generic models for issuing Work Permits and carrying out Safe Job Analysis. Thus, the project laid the foundation for achieving a uniform practice for such tasks, which since 1. January 2004 apply to all installations on the shelf. The achievement affects several thousand workers of the Norwegian offshore industry.

This excellent achievement has great potential for contributing to enhance the safety of offshore operations in other regions of the world. The forms and guidance on how to use them have been translated into English, and there is also an e-learning course in English. All are published and freely available at the Working Together for Safety’s website:


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