The potential profits of offshore drilling are significant, but so are the risks. Therefore, safety must be the number one priority on these installations. Lives and wealth are at risk and must be secured because you care for the wellbeing of your personnel, and you are responsible for smooth and efficient operation in a risky environment at the same time. One crucial approach to improving your emergency response is preparedness.
Improving Offshore Emergency Response and Preparedness


According to safeopedia, emergency response "includes any systematic response to an unexpected or dangerous occurrence." HSE supervisors and managers design emergency response procedures to mitigate the impact of an event on people and the environment.



EER stands for evacuation, escape, and rescue and is the procedure in which people are taken to a safe ground during an accident such as a fire or explosion. The importance of EER is more critical in offshore drilling sites due to the surrounding water that poses additional safety risks.

Emergency response is an integral part of workplace safety for offshore drilling and all industries. The standards and awareness of occupational safety may differ from industry to industry because of historical reasons, the maternity of the sector and the type of potential hazards.



Evacuating 250 personnel from a platform is a complex procedure that requires prior extensive personnel training. Think of the complex layout of the installation and the availability of escape routes and vessels. Proper emergency drills are critical contributors to the success of EER.

Successful offshore emergency response will involve many parties, detailed procedures, and a variety of equipment that prevents fatalities during accidents on offshore drilling rigs. National regulations and industry-wide recognised best practices create standards for EER.



One critical part of Emergency Response Preparedness (ERP) is risk management in general and risk analysis in particular. The UNHCR, for example, considers ERP the foundation of their emergency response plans. The risk analysis process identifies hazards that could trigger a crisis and ranks them by impact and likelihood.

The risk ranking determines whether thresholds are low, medium, or high. The analysis informs planning while monitoring ensures the process is responsive to emerging risks. In the best case, risk analysis and monitoring can detect an emerging crisis before it strikes.


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