Health & Safety

Fairfield is committed to maintaining the highest standards of health and safety compliance and performance as it approaches the unique challenges associated with this new era of decommissioning activity.

Our Health & Safety Policy Statement outlines our robust approach to health and safety, with the management of health and safety risk an important part of corporate governance.

In addition to the direct accountability that Executive Management has to the Board of Directors on these matters, the Board has also appointed a health, safety and environmental committee of Non-Executive Directors to monitor and report independently to the Board.

The Dunlin platform has a well-developed HS&E Management System and a suite of procedures and work practices which have historically achieved strong performance in terms of workplace safety.  The key components of this Safe System of Work are:

  • Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (HIRA)
  • Integrated Safe Systems of Work (ISSOW)
  • Task Based Risk Assessment (TRA)
  • Electrical Safety Rules
  • Approved Lifting Plans
  • Toolbox Talks and Safety Meetings.

We have deployed Life Saving Rules which identify inherently hazardous work activities and clearly define expectations on the safe work practices to be adopted by all personnel.  In addition we have embedded the following safety engagement behaviours to shape a participative and collaborative safety culture.  In this way, all personnel have a role to play in ensuring effective engagement in the creation of an environment where suggestions and actions to improve HS&E are actively encouraged and implemented.

  • Visibility


    Everyone is an ambassador for safety and leads by example

  • Communication


    Everyone actively and honestly exchanges safety-related information in a collaborative environment

  • Involvement


    Everyone is included and engaged in safety through regular conversations, active consultation and meaningful feedback

  • Support


    Everyone is united and supported in the pursuit of developing a positive safety culture

  • Participation


    Everyone has a part to play in promoting safety and is encouraged to make a positive contribution

  • Challenge


    Everyone can be confident that their views on safety will be heard and constructive interventions welcomed

The Dunlin facilities operate according to a documented Safety Case that is subject to acceptance and ongoing inspection by The Health & Safety Executive. As oil production has now ceased, we are progressing the preparation of Decommissioning Programmes to be agreed with stakeholders.

Despite the Dunlin facilities becoming progressively hydrocarbon free, many of the decommissioning activities will inevitably introduce new potential risks to health and safety, such as those associated with heavy lifting, deconstruction activities and subsea diving. It is for this reason, that we are committed to assessing the risk to health and safety in terms of each decommissioning option.

As Dunlin nears the final stages of decommissioning, a Dismantling Safety Case will be prepared and submitted to the Health & Safety Executive in accordance with The Offshore Installations (Offshore Safety Directive) (Safety Case etc) Regulations 2015.