The need for cross-industry "focus" on oil and gas sector health and safety issues was highlighted by the UK Offshore Operators' Association (UKOOA) in Aberdeen yesterday.
The organisation was making its call ahead of an industry seminar it is hosting jointly with the Health and Safety Executive in the Granite City today and the seventh annual Logic conference taking place at Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre tomorrow.
Health and safety was also being put in the spotlight at the same time as Logic, a not-for-profit organisation set up to promote closer co-operation within the industry, revealed it had now become a wholly owned subsidiary of UKOOA.
Bob Kyle, UKOOA's safety manager, said 170 key oil and gas professionals were expected to attend today's seminar. They were all expected to help to reach an industry target - announced just last week - for making the UK the safest place in the world for oil and gas workers by 2010.
Mr Kyle said UK operators were already meeting targets for a 10% year-on-year reduction in major hydrocarbon releases.
But, he added there were many challenges ahead, which all required close co-operation and a commitment to health and safety by everyone involved.
Ageing infrastructure, changes in asset ownership, new operators on the scene, restructuring, identified deficiencies and a range of other factors, were creating health and safety challenges ahead, said Mr Kyle.
A UKOOA-led industry working group has already produced a hydrocarbon release "toolkit" to encourage best practice and improve safety.
Chris Allen, UKOOA's health and safety director said today's seminar on installation integrity was the starting point for further co-operation.
He added: "If everyone is focusing on the same issues at the same time, it will bring together a lot of brain power."
Paul Dymond, UKOOA's operations director, said the association's chief executive, Malcolm Webb, had been appointed as chairman of Logic.
Other board members at newly restructured Logic, whose commercial arm now operates as Logic Advantage, include Mr Dymond, Talisman legal manager Jacquelyn Craw, BP logistics manager Brian Cavan and contractor Mick Longton.
A sixth board member has still to be appointed.
Mr Dymond said the changes were part of a restructuring process that started in late 2003 and culminated in April, 2005.
Source: The Press & Journal