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National Academy of Sciences : Strengthening the Offshore Oil and Gas Industry’s Safety Culture – New Report 5/25

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05/19/2016 | 09:33pm CEST

Strengthening the Offshore Oil and Gas Industry's Safety Culture - New Report 5/25

Offshore oil and gas operations are highly complex and can pose risk of injury or death to workers, explosions, blowouts, and oil spills, with associated contamination of the marine environment. In 2013, federal offshore operations in the Gulf of Mexico accounted for 17 percent of total crude oil production and 5 percent of dry gas production in the U.S. In addition, the industry's advance from shallow water into deep water of up to 10,000 feet has increased the dangers to a workforce already engaged in an intrinsically hazardous occupation.

A new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine identifies the essential characteristics of and barriers to achieving a strong safety culture in the offshore oil and gas industry, as well as possible ways of overcoming these challenges. The report suggests roles for regulators and the industry to strengthen, measure, and assess company and industry safety culture effectively.

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Advance copies of Strengthening the Safety Culture of the Offshore Oil and Gas Industrywill be available to reporters only beginning at noon EDT Tuesday, May 24. The report is embargoed and not for public release before 11 a.m. EDT Wednesday, May 25.To obtain a copy of the report, reporters should contact the Academies' Office of News and Public Information; tel. 202-334-2138 or email news@nas.edu.

National Academy of Sciences published this content on 19 May 2016 and is solely responsible for the information contained herein.
Distributed by Public, unedited and unaltered, on 19 May 2016 19:32:05 UTC.

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