EHS Community





  • Why should a company invest in ICOE’s EHS eCompendium?


Recognition of corporate EHS Management commitment and Sponsor of a world class industry project providing distilled knowledge on the Theory and Practice of EHS management;

Project is a key component of Corporate Social Responsibility and integrity management



  • Does the industry need this eCompendium?


Yes, the timing of this EHS eCompendium is propitious as the industry struggles with the following issues:


- Recent oil price collapse affecting all branches of the industry has triggered consummate action in cost reduction measures and risk management;


- Ageing workforce – conflict between price-driven layoffs and experienced older professionals and the acute shortage of trained younger personnel;


- The need for greatly accelerated supply and training of the currently estimated 100,000 new recruits required over the next five years across the North Sea.



  • ​Who is the targeted audience of this eCompendium?


The publication is targeted for use in the education and training of oil and gas and other industry professionals. It is also aimed at key decision-makers, managers and practitioners across: the oil and gas industry, both national and global; government agencies; regulators; academia; and NGOs.



  • Is this work fully representative of the leading edge expertise in the industry?


The project author team comprises over 50 experts drawn from top universities and companies. Universities include Aberdeen, Robert Gordon, Heriot Watt, Dundee, Strathclyde, Glasgow and Edinburgh.


Companies include MOL Group, WJ Cairns and Associates, Health and Safety Executive, British Geological Survey, DECC, ITF, Scottish National Heritage, Xodus, CBCL, Stronachs, Oil and Gas UK, Aberdeen Drilling Management Ltd., and ADS.



  • Is the work holistic and multidisciplinary?


The project author team of experts is drawn from policy, economics, law, marine ecology, petroleum engineering, subsea technology, decommissioning, HSSEQ and risk management and corporate management.



  • In what ways is the EHS eCompendium innovative?


The final product is built around a collaborative mind set and is electronically accessible as a eCompendium, has an update service and hosts an optional sharing platform. The publication is unique in its multi and interdisciplinary scope. It also consolidates and distils an extensive literature base to provide a single reference source for essential industry application.



  • How can the lessons learned be applied in a company?


Organisations may use discrete chapters and sections as induction and mid-career CPD training modules.


Being informed to optimise awareness of the impacts of relevant policies, economic drivers and trends and evolving legislation – these are frequent areas of underperformance within the industry.



  • How will ICOE’s EHS eCompendium enhance industry collaboration?


Through its holistic and comprehensive principles and practice approach, the project itself is a product of trans-industry collaboration. For users, it will promote a broad understanding and awareness of the rising compulsion for intensified industry collaboration within a cost-reducing environment while maintaining operational integrity.



  • Will the work be applicable internationally or is it confined to the UKCS?


The lessons learned and incremental experience build-up in the UK and Norwegian CS since the sixties has created an expert knowledge reservoir of world-wide application. As mature fields, the lessons learned derive from all operational phases of an asset lifecycle in offshore and subsea technology. This has made Aberdeen the offshore international hub and expert resource centre with Stavanger a close second.