G+ Stakeholder Forum launches initiatives to improve H&S in offshore wind industry
The G+ Global Offshore Wind Health and Safety Organisation (G+), in partnership with the Energy Institute (EI), held their annual Stakeholder Forum in London on 06 December. At the event the G+ outlined their Quick Wins in response to the UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) Bootle workshop that was held in November 2015.
The presentations that were given on the day and the new G+ newsletter are available to download at www.gplusoffshorewind.com. These proposals and agreements between the G+ members represent an important step towards fulfilling the Organisation's ambition to provide leadership on the Health and Safety (H&S) challenges within the offshore wind industry and further reinforce the organisations role as an authority on H&S issues.
Kate Harvey, G+ General Manager, says, 'At this Stakeholder Forum it was important to me and the other G+ members that we communicate our achievements of 2016, but also highlight how we have fulfilled our obligations following the UK HSE Bootle workshop. The quick win proposals represent a significant milestone for us, but these are only the start. Together with the other members of G+, I look forward to working with our colleagues in our own organisations and in the supply chain to see these implemented and improving safety on our offshore wind farms.'
At the Stakeholder Forum there were over 120 delegates in attendance from a range of companies and organisations. Throughout the day they heard from G+ members on the achievements of the Organisation, the Safe by Design workshop programme, the quick win proposals and a spotlight on dropped object incident reduction and prevention. Delegates were given the opportunity to ask questions about the G+ work programme, with panel sessions involving senior industry representatives who gave their opinions on key H&S issues and the future plan for the organisation.
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Andrew Sykes - Technical Manager – Offshore Wind
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The G+ Global Offshore Wind Health and Safety Organisation (G+) brings together the world’s largest offshore wind energy developers to form a group that places health and safety at the forefront of all offshore wind activity and developments. The G+ aims to create and deliver world-class safety performance across all of its activities in the offshore wind industry. By working closely together, senior executives of all member companies not only commit resources from their own respective teams, but meet and actively lead the industry in finding solutions to the safety challenges that offshore wind projects face. The group builds upon the existing focus given to health and safety and delivers the necessary leadership and focus for the industry. The work of the G+ is funded by its members and its main activities are to engage with stakeholders across Europe, share learning and identify best practices that will be commended to the entire industry. For more information, please visit www.gplusoffshorewind.com
The Energy Institute (EI) is the leading chartered professional membership body for the energy industry, supporting over 23,000 individuals working in or studying energy and 250 energy companies worldwide. Each year the EI undertakes a focused technical work programme that comprises original independent research and investigations, technical responses to legislation and regulation, workshops and seminars to provide the international energy industry with information and guidance on relevant technical issues. The technical work programme is defined by the EI’s Scientific and Technical Committee (STAC) and is supported by the EI’s Technical Partners. The results are made available through technical publications and events for the purpose of disseminating guidance and good industry practice as widely as possible. For more information, please visit www.energyinst.org