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Offshore Industry: Safety

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 12th May 2011.

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Photo of Huw Irranca-Davies Huw Irranca-Davies Shadow Minister (Energy and Climate Change)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether he plans to apply the health and safety regulations associated with the offshore oil and gas sector to offshore wind development in the UK.

Photo of Chris Grayling Chris Grayling The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

The Government believe new energy technologies will make a major contribution to the UK’s energy future. To help enable this, health and safety issues must be appropriately addressed.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has recently completed a programme of work reviewing the health and safety hazards associated with key emerging energy technologies, including offshore wind power. This work concluded that the existing legislative framework, established under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, is sufficient to manage the hazards associated with emerging energy technologies and did not identify a current need to extend the permissioning regime adopted in the offshore oil and gas sector to offshore wind development. HSE is supplementing this approach by working with industry to encourage the spread of relevant good practice developed by existing offshore industries into new energy sectors. The Government will continue to monitor the application of health and safety legislation to all areas of emerging energy to ensure that hazards are managed and controlled effectively.

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