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    ABS launches guide for crew habitability

    News // September 7, 2001
    Classification society ABS has released a new guide which, it claims, represents an industry first for single-source document addressing crew member performance and quality of life aboard offshore facilities.

    In order to meet energy needs, the search for oil and gas has led into deeper and deeper water, explains ABS. With installations located farther from shore, the length of stay aboard for crews could also increase. Long stays offshore can challenge crew productivity, performance, and safety. The application of human factors engineering to issues of habitability is one tool to meet these challenges.

    "Efficient and safe operation of new and existing facilities necessitates an advanced understanding of human factors engineering, incorporating best practices to answer crew concerns and address living and working conditions", says Denise B McCafferty, Manager of Safety Assessment and Human Factors for ABS.

    "As the industry moves into new frontiers and remote environments-with extended distances from shore and existing infrastructure-we need to re-examine the health, safety and comfort levels of crews aboard offshore installations," said McCafferty.

    To address these issues, ABS has released what it believes is the industry's first comprehensive Crew Habitability Guide.

    The Guide provides criteria for living and working conditions that will improve productivity, morale and overall safety.

    "The ABS Guide for Crew Habitability on Offshore Installations provides industry with a single-source document addressing crew performance and quality of life aboard offshore installations, including , Mobile Offshore Drilling Units (MODUs), fixed facilities and floating installations," said McCafferty.

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