Evaluation of offshore emergency preparedness in view of rare accidents
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Original versionVinnem, J-E. (2010) Evaluation of offshore emergency preparedness in view of rare accidents. Safety Science, 49(2), 178-191 10.1016/j.ssci.2010.07.010
The offshore industry in the North Sea has gone from a very high risk level for employees some 30–40 years ago, to a low level. The paper reviews the statistics brieﬂy and discusses the implications of the low level. There has from the beginning of the operations been strong focus on emergency prepared-ness, due to the remoteness of the operations mostly far from shore. But there will always have to be a balance between the focus on preventative safety efforts and the extent of emergency preparedness pro-visions. This is discussed in detail, based on an extensive evaluation of the adequacy of emergency pre-paredness provisions recently performed. The main ﬁndings are presented, and the robustness and validity of the approach is discussed, together with implications of the rare major accidents.
Reprinted from Safety Science, 49 /2, Jan-Erik Vinnem, Evaluation of offshore emergency preparedness in view of rare accidents, Pages No. 178-191, Copyright (2010), with permission from Elsevier.