New safety standard for renewables industry

RenewableUK, the country’s largest wind and marine energy trade association, has agreed a safety accord with the HSE and Crown Estate. The safety rules are designed to make it safer […]

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By Sumit Bose

RenewableUK, the country’s largest wind and marine energy trade association, has agreed a safety accord with the HSE and Crown Estate. The safety rules are designed to make it safer to operate in the offshore wind and marine sectors and its the first such agreement anywhere in the world.

The accord is designed to do three things;

– Demonstrate clear and visible leadership on health and safety

– Show an industry fully engaged in self regulation by confronting the key health and safety challenges ahead

– Take a proactive stance on health and safety to prevent and minimise current and future risks.

It was drawn up by RenewableUK’s health and safety working groups – primarily the Offshore Wind and Marine Health & Safety group and has come from extensive talks with the Health & Safety Executive and The Crown Estate which grants all permits to exploit UK coastal waters.

Speaking at RenewableUK’s annual Offshore Wind conference in Liverpool, Maria McCaffery, Chief Executive of RenewableUK, said: “The accord demonstrates our unqualified commitment to health and safety – evidence that this is, and always will be, our number one priority. I would like to appeal to all our members to support and sign up to the Accord.”

The Crown Estate’s Director of the Marine Estate, Rob Hastings added: “It demonstrates health and safety industry leadership, essential in delivering marine renewable energy. The accord will support the UK retaining its global leadership for investment in these growth industries.”