The British Drilling Association (BDA) is the UK's trade association for the ground drilling industry.

Safety Standards

Health & Safety Sub-Committee

The BDA Safety committee consists of  Jon Christie (Chair), Keith Banton (Sec),David Allan, Neil Breach, Roy Perkins, Wesley Wray, Mike Townsley, David Nevey, Ben Donnachie, Keith Spires, Simon Jackson, Ian Gray, John Rodgeman, Keith Pucket, Bryan Laycock, Robert Douglas

Regular topics of discussion are:

  • BDA Health and Safety Manual updates
  • Rig transport 
  • Rig safety
  • Industry Safety Alerts
  • BDA Audit criteria
  • Occupational Health

2019 Meeting Dates:

  • 20th February
  • 8th May
  • 18th September
  • 27th November

If you have any ideas, suggestions or comments that you would like to be discussed at this committee, or if you would like to offer advice or assistance please contact the BDA office.

The scope of activity of this committee covers anything with regard to drilling safety & health; UK legislation on safety, machinery and transport; British and European Standards; other standards, guidance & specifications, and all technical matters.

The committee, comprises Safety Managers and experts from within the industry. It also forms ad hoc Working Parties to concentrate on any particular issue. A working party will co-opt specialists to help it to develop a wider BDA consensus. On safety matters the committee works very closely with the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) which often participates in discussions, meetings, working parties etc. to aid the work of the committee. This formal link with the HSE ensures that the BDA, HSE and the industry have clear understandings of requirements and what is necessary to comply with them.

In recent years the committee has been dealing with such subjects as accident statistics, rig guarding, tachographs, contaminated land, lifting legislation, hazardous gases etc. as well as producing various safety guidance documents (see publications). For full information on safety matters see Safety.

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