In 2000, Transport Canada’s Transportation Development Centre (TDC) initiated an escape, evacuation, and rescue (EER) program to develop performance-based standards for offshore installations in Canadian waters. Performance-based standards (PBS) set expected activity, task, and process achievement levels and goals, rather than prescribing equipment quantities, types, dimensions, and other specifications. This paper describes the development of the standards, and the associated research projects needed to fill relevant data gaps.

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