The HSSG addresses cross-industry issues around helicopter safety and works to strengthen confidence in helicopter travel. The group is a platform for sharing information, offering advice and encouraging lessons learned on cross-industry matters that directly influence safety. The group is also working to improve the passenger experience from the terminal to the tea shack. There are currently two workgroups within the HSSG:
The Passenger Size workgroup was formed in response to the recommendations laid out in the CAA's report CAP1145. Working closely with the Robert Gordon University, the group determined that all helicopter passengers should have their shoulders measured prior to travelling offshore, to ensure they can fit through helicopter emergency exits. For more information about passenger size and shoulder measurements, please visit the dedicated Passenger Size page.
The EBS workgroup was also formed in response to recommendations laid out in the CAA's report CAP1145. During 2014, the group identified and supported the roll-out of a new emergency breathing system to be used during all helicopter transport in the UKCS. Now that the system is an industry standard, the EBS workgroup is in consultation with other industry bodies to determine how best to implement the system in offshore safety training.
Please email the HSSG for more information about the group.
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The HSSG is chaired by Mark Abbey (CHC Helicopter) and David Dickson (BP), and has the following members: Andrew Dettl (Airbus Helicopters), Derek Whatling (BALPA), Dapo Oyeleke (Bristow), Michelle Handforth (Bond), Alan Combe (BP), Filipe Nascimento (CAA), Lars Skov Christensen (Dancopter), Elaine McEwan (Maersk Oil), Robert Paterson (Oil & Gas UK), David Waters (Perenco), Chris Allen (Petrofac), George Klug (Sirkosky), David Hunter (Shell), Ron Smith (CHC) Colin Hancy (NHV) and David Hainsworth (TOTAL).