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New health and safety materials published at G+ Forum

06-03-2020

The G+ Global Offshore Wind Health and Safety Organisation (G+), in partnership with the Energy Institute (EI), has published a manual handling and ergonomics case study, as well as launching translated version of the small service vessels guidance and DROPS reliable securing booklet in German, French and Mandarin.

Launched at the G+ Stakeholder Forum, held on 12 February in Amsterdam, the documents are available to download from the G+ website. The case study is based on analysis of offshore wind industry incidents, including an assessment of offshore wind industry activities, a systematic review of regulatory requirements, and observation of good practice and stakeholder engagement – all peer reviewed by G+ members and associates.

To reflect the growing global remit of the G+, the small service vessels guidance and DROPS reliable securing booklet have been translated into Mandarin, French and German. The intention is, over time, to translate all G+ guidance documents into these 3 languages, while also reviewing the need for additional translations in the future.

The Stakeholder Forum gave the opportunity for attendees to hear from G+ representatives who presented key updates and successes delivered through the work programme. Presentations included G+ Chair Tove Lunde, who opened the day and shared her vision as the new G+ chairperson; the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) updating the group on their current workstreams to ensure close G+ alignment; and Hasse Andreasen, HSE Director at Ørsted, explaining how G+ good practice guidance has helped to improve the health and safety performance of Ørsted’s projects.

Tove Lunde, Head of Safety, Security and Sustainability for New Energy Solutions at Equinor, and Chairperson, G+ Board of Directors commented:

“We were pleased to launch the manual case study and translations at our Annual Stakeholder Event, demonstrating the progress that the G+ is making in improving H&S performance in our industry.

“As our industry grows in Europe and into emerging markets, there is a need to implement common best practice internationally and the Stakeholder Event was an excellent opportunity to discuss this with key players in the industry.

“The event also provided a great opportunity to discuss other key topics, such as how to find opportunities for standardisation and how to ensure that we are anticipating the health and safety challenges of the future, as our industry rapidly evolves.”

Notes for editors

  1. The Case study on reducing manual handling and ergonomics related incidents in the offshore wind industry is available at: https://www.gplusoffshorewind.com/?a=699447
  2. The Safe management of small service vessels used in the offshore wind industry (2nd edition) is available in English here; in Mandarin here; in German here; and French here.
  3. The G+/DROPS Reliable securing booklet for offshore wind is available in English here; in Mandarin here; in German here; and French here.
  4. G+ is the global health and safety organisation for the offshore wind industry. The Energy Institute provides the secretariat and supports the ongoing work of the G+.
    We bring together business leaders, health and safety experts and organisations operating in the offshore wind industry to drive good practice and promote world-class safety performance across the sector.
    Through an evidence based approach, we ensure key emerging risks are mitigated through co-operation and shared learnings, aiming for the highest levels of health and safety standards being pursued throughout the life cycle of offshore wind farms.
    We engage on important industry matters by facilitating discussion and bringing together industry stakeholders to speak with one voice for the offshore wind industry.
  5. The member companies of the G+ are: EDF Renewables, EDPR, Equinor, Ørsted, RWE, ScottishPower Renewables, Siemens Gamesa, SSE, Vattenfall.
  6. Associate members of the G+ are: Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, ESB, GE, Macquarie/Green Investment Group, Maple Power, MHI Vestas, Shell, Transmission Investment and Van Oord.
  7. The Energy Institute (EI) is the chartered professional membership body bringing global energy expertise together.
    We gather and share essential knowledge about energy, provide the skills that are helping us all use it more wisely, and develop the good practice needed to keep it safe and secure.
    We articulate the voice of energy experts, taking the know-how of around 20,000 members and 200 companies from 120 countries to the heart of the public debate.
    And we’re an independent, not-for-profit, safe space for evidence-based collaboration, an honest broker between industry, academia and policy makers.
    The EI is here for anyone who wants to better understand or contribute to the extraordinary energy system on which we all depend.