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Updated guidance on offshore fire and explosion design

Updated information setting out good practice in designing against fire and explosions on offshore installations is published by Oil & Gas UK today (Thursday 29 March).

Revisions to the document, developed by industry experts, will provide companies in the UK Continental Shelf with the most up to date good practice and guidance.

Oil & Gas UK today said the framework is an important tool in efforts to reduce risk to life, the environment and the integrity of offshore facilities exposed to fire and explosion hazards by providing guidance on practices and methods which lead to the effective assessment and management of those hazards.

Commenting, Oil & Gas UK Health & Safety Manager Bob Lauder said:
“The UK offshore oil and gas industry works hard to preserve its internationally respected major hazard management reputation and this guidance is a significant part of that effort.

“This living document builds on guidance originally published in 2007 and is part of a planned review process. It aims to reduce the risk to life, the environment and the integrity of offshore facilities exposed to fire and explosion hazards by providing a robust technical foundation to support design decisions.

“We would like to thank the experts involved in this process, whose significant effort ensures that the guidance reflects current good practice and remains a solid technical reference for the understanding and management of fire and explosion hazards throughout the lifecycle of offshore installations on the UK Continental Shelf."


The document was developed by the Fire and Explosion Working Group of the Oil & Gas UK Major Hazards Technical Group. This version supersedes The Oil & Gas UK Fire and Explosion Guidance – Issue 1; May 2007 and can be accessed from the Oil & Gas UK website.

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