IOGP Report 410
Explore requirements for contracted air operations which can be easily adapted for use as contracting documents and also become the basis of ongoing audit
Accidents and fatalities experienced globally during air operations in support of the oil and gas industry show few signs of diminishing and the long term trend has remained stubbornly constant. At its February 2005 meeting in Anaheim, the OGP Aviation Sub-Committee (ASC)) set a long-term goal of reducing the risks to oil and gas industry personnel transported by air. A reduction in individual air passenger risks of more than 80% from that currently experienced was envisaged, with a target of achieving levels of passenger safety more in line with global airlines. It is recognized that managing risks associated with air operations can be particularly challenging. The airborne environment is unforgiving and hazards can escalate rapidly. However, the OGP ASC believes that identified deficiencies in design and operation of aircraft must be addressed such that the safety performance of oil industry aircraft, designed and manufactured to more recent regulatory requirements and standards, and operated within a well-regulated business framework, can be improved significantly. The recently published Aircraft Management Guidelines (AMG) (OGP Report No. 390) is focused on providing guidance on many aspects of air operations to enable such improved standards to be achieved. However, it is recognized that the AMG was never intended as a contracting document in style or content and that the Safety Strategy (available for members to view on the Safety Committee homepage)is more aspirational in driving forward the work of the ASC. These Recommended Practices are intended to bridge the gap between the two documents and provide succinct requirements which can be adapted easily for use as contracting documents and also become the basis of ongoing audit.