Traditionally, risk, and safety analyses have been carried out as separate activities relative to the conceptual and detailed design development of offshore installations.

By continuous involvement from safety specialists, applying analytical tools as well as experience from former studies, it can be assured that

  • the correct decisions with respect to safety can be taken and incorporated without causing significant cost increase or schedule delays;

  • the need for additional compensating safety measures due to lack of inherent safe design is minimised;

  • the amount of redesign and reconstruction activities for safety reasons can be kept to a minimum.

This paper addresses how safety studies can be incorporated into the project organisation and project schedule, and the timing and type of qualitative and quantitative safety studies during the various phases of a project development.

Examples of application of risk and consequence studies as active design tools in recent developments are given.

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