Safety management in the Dutch oil and gas industry: the effect on the technological regime
by I.R. van de Poel, A.R. Hale, L.H.J. Goossens
International Journal of Technology, Policy and Management (IJTPM), Vol. 2, No. 4, 2002

Abstract: This paper deals with the recent trend in Europe, from the formulation of detailed instructions and specifications with respect to the safety of industrial installations by governments, towards regulation on the level of safety management systems and risk analyses. The development sketched is studied with respect to the offshore oil and gas industry in the Netherlands. The government inspectorate responsible for this industry, the Staatstoezicht op de Mijnen (SodM), has, since the early 1990s, changed its approach from hardware-based inspections to inspection at the level of management systems. To assess the effects of this change in approach on industry practice the concept of ''technological regime'' is employed.

Online publication date: Sun, 13-Jul-2003

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