Offshore wind energy is a crucial part of the response to climate change and to meeting growing demand for low carbon electricity. The workforce engaged in offshore wind around the world is growing fast, as technology costs fall and deployment increases. This inevitably means working in conditions and with machinery that are potentially hazardous. It puts an onus on all in the sector to pursue the most robust health and safety practices and to be transparent about performance.
G+ is the global health and safety organisation bringing together the offshore wind industry to pursue shared goals and outcomes. It is run in partnership with the Energy Institute which provides the secretariat and supports its work.
The G+ has three main work areas:
- Incident data reporting
- Good practice guidance
- Safe by Design workshops.
Offshore wind health and safety performance improving
Against a backdrop of growing offshore wind energy capacity, the G+ Offshore Wind Health and Safety Organisation’s latest report highlights a decrease in the total number of health and safety incidents among its members last year.
Hydraulic torqueing and tensioning report released
On 5th March the G+ held a Safe by Design workshop on hydraulic torqueing and tensioning, A summary of the workshop and the subsequent recommendations is now available for download.
Inaugural G+ APAC Focal Group meeting
The G+ launched a Focal Group for the APAC region in November 2019. The idea is for the group to run alongside the existing European G+ Focal Group. Let’s all work together to improve offshore wind health and safety in the region.
Integrated Offshore Emergency Response (IOER)
The G+ is launching the IOER - good practice guidelines for offshore renewable energy developments which aim to provide a structure for accountable organisations to identify risks and the contingency measures that are required to enable an appropriate response.