Safety for personnel and the environment is a major concern of the international offshore industry. Although the need for greater safety was recognized since the early 50s, safety was typically viewed as a local problem. In the 1970s the International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC) developed and implemented a multi-prong strategy to ensure a safer workplace on rigs and facilities. The program resulted in a 96% reduction in serious drilling accidents on the US Continental shelf alone. In the 25 years from 1977 to 2002, the serious accident rate per 200,000 man-hours worked has plummeted from 11.83 to 0.50. IADC Safety Committees have worked diligently to improve industry attitudes toward safety, and build commitments for a safer workplace for all. In addition IADC volunteers have developed numerous practical rigsite tools aimed at fostering safe behavior by workers. To increase buy-in at the rigsite, IADC developed a Rig Safety Recognition Program though which member companies could recognize exemplary safety performance by rig crews. In 1991, then-Chairman, Alain Roger of Sedco Forex, gave IADC a bold challenge to reduce industry accidents by half in 5 years. The industry more than met his challenge, cutting overall industry accidents per 200,000 man-hours from 3.43 to 1.40. Offshore the accident rate was slashed from 2.32 to 1.02. Also during the 1990s, IADC introduced two landmark training programs. Each has established firm industry-defined benchmarks for training and IADC accredits institutions that meet or exceed the program’s tough requirements. Since their introduction in 1994, RIG PASS and WellCAP have certified 91,000 workers and accredited numerous well-control training programs worldwide. WellCAP schools operate in 240 locations.
Member companies of IADC and a greater number of dedicated individuals have contributed to this vital effort. Their achievements benefited from the strong support and cooperation of the operating companies. The implementation of IADC safety programs worldwide has saved countless workers from injury and has protected valuable resources and equipment from damage or loss.
Recognizing the pioneering efforts of the following organization that contributed to the development of the offshore industry: