The guidance contained in this document was producedby the combined efforts of a cross-industry working groupset up in late 2001. The group facilitated an analysis ofcurrent practices in loading lifeboats for the purposes ofdrills, reviewed current legislation & guidance, carried outa full risk assessment and concluded with the productionof this guidance on best practice.This publication is not intended to be a mandate onindustry. It is intended to guide dutyholders in adoptingbest practice when loading lifeboats for the purpose ofdrills. Where alternative methods can, through riskassessment, or the provision of particular safety systems,be shown to offer an equally effective solution, there is noreason why they should not be adopted.Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracyof the information contained in this publication, neitherStep Change in Safety, nor any of its members will assumeliability for any use made thereof.
Step Change in Safety would like to thank severalindividuals from a wide range of companies andorganisations who gave resources and time to developingthese guidelines. Particular acknowledgement for valuablecontribution to the members of the companies andorganisations listed below:Aker KvaernerAmerada HessBluewaterBPBritannia Operators LimitedChevron TexacoConoco PhillipsExxon MobilHalliburtonHealth & Safety ExecutiveKCA DeutagMaersk ContractorsMarathonShellSmith Rea Energy LtdSparrows Offshore ServicesStatoilStep Change OIM’s NetworkStep Change Elected Safety Rep’s NetworkStep Change Safety Professionals and Advisers NetworkSurvival Craft Inspectorate LtdTalismanTransoceanTotal E&P UKUKOOAUniversal Sodexho