The Gulf Research Program (GRP) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine announced $7.25 million in grant awards for eight projects focused on strengthening safety culture in the offshore oil and gas industry.
Oil and gas production in deep water are inherently hazardous activities that can fail in complex, catastrophic ways, as tragically shown by the Deepwater Horizon explosion in the Gulf of Mexico and the 87-day oil spill that ensued 10 years ago. While many factors led to this disaster, several reports issued in the aftermath emphasized the need for an improved safety culture within the offshore oil and gas industry. A robust safety culture has many dimensions, including leadership commitment to safety values and actions, a safe environment for raising concerns or reporting incidents and near misses, and organizational policies and practices that encourage employees to make safe decisions.
The GRP’s Safer Offshore Energy Systems (SOES) Grants 4 supports projects that produce data sets, strategies, and tools for measurement that will promote a culture of safety in the oil and gas industry.
“A culture of safety has many characteristics,” said Kelly Oskvig, senior program officer for the Gulf Research Program’s SOES initiatives. “Through this grants competition, we hope to provide the tools to help strengthen some of those characteristics as well as answer a few critical questions: What best practices can oil and gas adapt from other high-risk industries? How can an organization measure improvement of its safety culture? How can data be used to better understand the dangers?”
The eight SOES projects are:
All projects selected underwent an external peer-review process. These projects are the winners of the Gulf Research Program’s SOES Grants 4 funding competition.
Find more information about the Gulf Research Program’s grant opportunities here.
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