Norway Working To Improve Offshore, Aquaculture Working Conditions

June 12th, 2018
  • Norway Working To Improve Offshore, Aquaculture Working Conditions

    An expert on working conditions in the fishing and aquaculture industries says Norway has made great strides in improving safety for workers.

    Ingunn Holman is a senior scientist with SINTEF Ocean, and has worked extensively in the field of occupational health and safety for workers in extreme conditions.

    She has helped to develop weather protection for those working on the ocean that can also keep the wearer afloat if they should fall into the water. She made a presentation yesterday to the largest fishing industry safety and health conference at Memorial University.

    Holman says the aquaculture industry provides it’s own unique set of challenges when it comes to safety. She says many work on a moving platform. Small boats are also used, says Holman, usually by people working alone, so if something should happen there’s no one there to help.

    She says her native Norway has changed regulatory requirements in the aquaculture industry to help improve worker safety.

    She says aquaculture often recruits from the fishing industry and bad habits follow a worker once they become entrenched. She says the key is to develop systematic safety management.

    Holman has helped to develop a buoyancy aid, a work suit to help keep a worker dry in wet conditions that can also float. She presented it to the conference yesterday.



    Posted on June 12th, 2018