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Thursday, 19 November 2015
17:00 - 18:30 Managing risk and standardisation
Health & safety  
Onshore      Offshore    

Room: Belleville

Learning objectives

  • Recognise the state of the art and further need for new standards for design and operation
  • Understand how JIPs can help a more economic and at the same time safer operation of wind farms
  • Identify H&S issues pertinent to the Wind industry
Lead Session Chair:
Athanasios Kolios, Cranfield University, United Kingdom

Feargal Brennan, Director of Energy, Cranfield University, United Kingdom
Jacques de Parscau DNV GL, France
Vivien Taillebois (1) F P
(1) DNV GL, Hamburg, Germany

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Presenter's biography

Biographies are supplied directly by presenters at EWEA 2015 and are published here unedited

Mr Jacques de Parscau is a NEBOSH certified engineer with offshore wind experience in HSE management, project management, Client Representation, technical due diligence and technical advice. Initially he worked for GL Garrad Hassan as an HSE engineer in Bristol and became involved in the EWEA HSE task force and RenewableUK HSE Committee. He has now relocated to Paris where he works as part of the DNV GL offshore team working on French projects, supporting the independent engineering departments and providing HSE expertise and support across to the renewable energy teams.


Back to school: Passing Health & Safety - Lessons learnt and forgotten


EU Directive 92/57/EEC on the implementation of minimum health and safety (H&S) requirements at temporary construction sites requires a safety and health plan prior the start of the work. Some European countries are just setting up such requirements in their local legislation while others have already built up a substantial level of experience offshore. The new starters will face the same issues as their predecessors and should use all the lessons that were already learned the hard way.


EU Directive 92/57/EEC is transposed differently in each country. A comparative study based on DNV GL experience in the United Kingdom, Germany and France will be presented, based on direct work with relevant authorities. The presentation highlights the differences in approach, synergies and best practices in terms of regulatory requirements. Some key lessons learned and statistics will be provided to emphasize what needs to be changed and improved in the implementation of H&S concepts for offshore wind farms installation.

The presentation will focus on construction phase but also provide information for Operation and Maintenance (O&M) H&S aspects.

Main body of abstract

The United Kingdom and Germany have already installed many offshore wind farms. In the past ten years their legal requirements have matured and practical solutions for successful H&S concept implementation are in place. France, on the other hand, could benefit from this type of experience. The French government has allocated 6 offshore wind sites, but none has reached the phase where an H&S concept for installation is required.
The comparative study of H&S status between these countries shows a flagrant difference of maturity. Some tracks for improvement were found during the implementation of the early HS concepts like in Germany with SchuSiKos and it sometimes resulted in poor occupational safety incident statistics for the offshore wind industry. Some lessons were learnt the hard way like a few fatalities in Germany and they should be shared with countries where offshore wind industry is emerging, in order to help them in their development.
Furthermore, many companies are present and active across Europe. The differences between country legislations, HS cultures and their experience create a challenging situation that often leads to an increased occupational safety risk for those cross-border workers. The comparative study aims to raise awareness of the differences between local legislations and approaches to H&S as well as sharing the lessons learnt from experience.
DNV GL will present the key lessons learned and share its own experience in creation and implementation of H&S concepts complying with the local legislation. Currently involved in various offshore projects in France, we try to share our H&S experience to all stakeholders involved and encourage everybody to do the same.


A suitable H&S concept developed during the consent phase is essential for all offshore wind projects and the workers involved. This first step in a project will define how H&S will be considered, implemented and related to for the full lifetime of the wind farm. The sharing of the lessons learned on the development of the H&S concept during this project early phase can help stakeholders in the various EU countries to ensure that their projects benefit from an improved H&S culture.

Learning objectives
The presentation aims to help:
• New entrant countries in the industry to benefit from some lessons learnt through DNV GL works in Germany and United Kingdom that could help to shape their local offshore wind legislation on HS.
• Companies involved in works across Europe that are not always aware of the difference in the transposition of the EU Directive 92/57/EEC into the local legislation and could benefit from this comparative study as well as the lesson learnt on the development of HS concept.
• To emphasize the need for an early H&S concept and its implementation.