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Risk Governance of Offshore Oil and Gas Operations

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Ortwin Renn, Preben H. Lindøe, Kathryn Mearns, Emre Üşenmez, Knut Kaasen, John Paterson, Michael Baram, Jan Hayes, Helene Cecilie Blakstad, Paul Bang, Olaf Thuestad, Jacob Kringen, Ragnar Rosness, Ulla Forseth, Ole Andreas Engen, Helge Ryggvik, Andrew Hale
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  • Date Published: March 2015
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107515260

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  • This book evaluates and compares risk regulation and safety management for offshore oil and gas operations in the United States, United Kingdom, Norway, and Australia. It provides an interdisciplinary approach with legal, technological, and sociological perspectives on their efforts to assess and prevent major accidents and improve safety performance offshore. Presented in three parts, the volume begins with a review of the technical, legal, behavioral, and sociological factors involved in designing, implementing, and enforcing a regulatory regime for industrial safety. It then evaluates the four regulatory regimes that encompass the cultural, legal, and other contextual factors that influence their design and implementation, along with their reliance on industrial expertise and standards and the use of performance indicators. The final section presents an assessment of the resilience of the Norwegian regime and its capacity to keep pace with new technologies and emerging risks, respond to near miss incidents, encourage safety culture, incorporate vested rights of labor, and perform inspection and self-audit functions. This book is highly relevant for those in government, business, academia, and elsewhere in civil society who are involved in offshore safety issues, including regulatory authorities and industrial safety professionals.

    • Presents an interdisciplinary approach to accident risk prevention regulation and industrial safety management in the context of offshore oil and gas operations
    • Provides a comparative review of national approaches to offshore safety regulation
    • Discusses normative recommendations to improve robust regulation
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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2015
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107515260
    • length: 452 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 153 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.7kg
    • contains: 12 b/w illus. 10 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. A generic model for risk governance: concept and application to technological installations Ortwin Renn
    2. Modes of risk regulation for prevention of major industrial accidents Michael Baram and Preben H. Lindøe
    3. Values and norms - a basis for a safety culture Kathryn Mearns
    4. Optimising offshore health and safety inspections: how the markets could help Emre Üşenmez
    5. Safety regulation on the Norwegian continental shelf Knut Kaasen
    6. Health and safety regulation on the UKCs: evolution and future prospects John Paterson
    7. Preventing accidents in offshore oil and gas: the US regulatory regime Michael Baram
    8. A new policy direction in Australian offshore safety regulation Jan Hayes
    9. Safety indicators used by authorities in the petroleum industry of United Kingdom, United States, and Norway Helene Cecilie Blakstad
    10. Governmental enforced self-regulation: the Norwegian case Paul Bang and Olaf Thuestad
    11. Contested terrains in risk regulation: legitimacy challenges in implementation processes Jacob Kringen
    12. Boxing and dancing: tripartite collaboration as an integral part of a regulatory regime Ragnar Rosness and Ulla Forseth
    13. Emergent risk and new technologies Ole Andreas Engen
    14. Near major accidents: a challenge for regulator and the regulated Ole Andreas Engen
    15. Inspections, independence and intelligence Helge Ryggvik
    16. Advancing robust regulation: reflections and lessons to be learned Andrew Hale.

  • Editors

    Preben Hempel Lindøe, Universitet i Stavanger, Norway
    Preben H. Lindøe is Professor of Societal Safety at the University of Stavanger, Norway. He has an MS and a PhD on the implementation of 'enforced self-regulation' in Norway from the Technical University of Trondheim. He has worked within applied research for twenty-five years, including action-research methodology, occupational health and safety, risk regulation and safety management. His publications include various books (in Norwegian) as well as articles, papers and chapters in professional and academic journals, books and other media.

    Michael Baram, Boston University Law School
    Michael Baram is Professor Emeritus at Boston University Law School where he directed the Center for Law and Technology. He was also a partner in the law firm Bracken and Baram for twenty-five years, and previously had been Associate Professor of Engineering and Assistant Dean at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research, publications, legal work and advisory activities have dealt with risk regulation, environmental law, product liability law, occupational safety and risk management in several technological sectors, including the chemicals, biotech, nuclear, and oil and gas industries. He is the author or editor of eight books, most recently Governing Risk in GM Agriculture (2010, with Mathilde Bourrier), and has published numerous articles.

    Ortwin Renn, Universität Stuttgart
    Ortwin Renn is Professor and Chair of Environmental Sociology and Technology Assessment at Stuttgart University, Germany. He directs the Stuttgart Research Center for Risk and Innovation at Stuttgart University and the non-profit company DIALOGIK, a research institute for the investigation of communication and participation processes in environmental policy making. Renn is primarily interested in risk governance, political participation and technology assessment. He has published more than 30 books and 250 articles, most prominently the monograph Risk Governance (2008).


    Ortwin Renn, Preben H. Lindøe, Kathryn Mearns, Emre Üşenmez, Knut Kaasen, John Paterson, Michael Baram, Jan Hayes, Helene Cecilie Blakstad, Paul Bang, Olaf Thuestad, Jacob Kringen, Ragnar Rosness, Ulla Forseth, Ole Andreas Engen, Helge Ryggvik, Andrew Hale

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