Dropped Object Prevention Standard approval
A safety device that securely encloses and tethers overhead fixtures to prevent objects dropping and falling from height has received type approval recognition from ABS in accordance with the new ‘ABS Guide for Dropped Object Prevention on Offshore Units and Installations’.
The stainless-steel mesh Dropsafe Net is a pioneering solution to dropped objects in the offshore energy industry, while the equipment certification scheme is set to complement continuous safety improvements in the offshore and maritime sectors.
Demetri Stroubakis, ABS director, said: “Safety is at the heart of ABS’ 150 year mission to promote the security of life and property and preserve the natural environment. Reducing the risks posed by dropped objects is an important step in the ambition to continually improve the safety performance of our industry.”
Filling a gap
The Dropped Object Standardisation Scheme was developed in 2017 by ABS, following industry reports of an increasing rate of Dropped Object (DO) incidents, and the absence of industry standards for the design of equipment and prevention systems.
It provides a means of assessing the health and safety qualities of DO mitigation technology for the offshore and maritime sectors. When a manufacturer achieves ABS Type Approval for their DO prevention technology, their product receives a design approval in the form of a Product Design Assessment (PDA), and their manufacturing facilities are audited and issued a Manufacturing Assessment Certificate, (MA).
By Rebecca Jeffrey
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