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Poster session

Lead Session Chair:
Stephan Barth, Managing Director, ForWind - Center for Wind Energy Research, Germany
Matthias Henke SgurrEnergy, Germany
Matthias Henke (1) F P
(1) SgurrEnergy, Hamburg, Germany (2) SgurrEnergy, Glasgow, United Kingdom

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Presenter's biography

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Matthias Henke is in charge of SgurrEnergy’s Hamburg office and working with his team on offshore and onshore wind projects in Europe. After starting working in wind energy in 1999 with the development of wind energy projects he worked as technical advisor to on- and offshore wind projects. His work experience includes a considerable number of independent engineering services for offshore and onshore wind energy projects around the world. Among his clients are international banks, investors, utilities and developers. Matthias Henke studied electrical engineering and got an additional degree in economics as well as an MBA in international management.


Offshore wind Health & Safety: How can good practices be applied across different EU member states?


Differences in requirements between EU member states can be a source of confusion, giving a perception that different designs or working practices are needed in particular member states, potentially causing additional cost or delay to projects. This presentation aims to reveal the true extent of the differences between key jurisdictions, and show how employers such as WTG manufacturers, contractors and project developers can adopt good practices and accommodate the differences, without incurring major impacts on projects.


The understanding of regulatory differences and current good practices has been gained through a combination of literature reviews of different member states’ regulations and guidance, national and European standards, and extensive consultation with leading developers and supply chain participants. This has enabled guidelines to be developed which reflect current good practices, and the reality of offshore wind, while ensuring compliance with member state regulations.

Main body of abstract

SgurrEnergy has undertaken a range of health & safety (H&S) guidance projects, including preparing the RenewableUK Offshore Wind H&S guidelines and the G9 Work at Height guidelines. Both of these projects considered key risk areas, and how they could be managed most effectively over the project lifecycle, and how the combination of technical and human factors affects H&S. We have also completed several assignments for WTG manufacturers who wanted to understand the practical implications of UK H&S requirements relating to design and operation of WTGs, and guidance for an infrastructure developer, working across different EU member states.
The combination of these projects has given a clear understanding of current good practices, common regulatory requirements, and potential pitfalls of undertaking projects in different member states.
The presentation will show practical steps that employers can take to implement good practices on projects, and ensure compliance with member state requirements.


The work has shown that the core requirements are common across EU member states, with most of the perceived differences arising from the interpretation of directives, or local regulatory procedures. However, there are some key differences that employers need to be aware of, and processes that employers need to have in place, when working in a different jurisdiction.

Learning objectives
The presentation aims to demystify regulatory requirements for offshore wind in key EU member states, and show delegates how projects can be progressed in a safe and efficient manner that complies with member state regulations.