Article i 'Tidsskrift for arbejdsliv' no. 2 2003, page 43-62.
During the last decades, the Norwegian petroleum industry has strived to gain a systematic focus on safety. Today, the industry is experiencing stagnation in its efforts to further improve the results within the areas of health, safety, and the environment.
This paper documents the development and accomplishments of two projects having the aim of creating new gateways to promote safety offshore. The development of the projects' contents was based on health promotion ideology and object relations theory.
Results indicate that group processes with offshore employees lead to more conscious attitudes and increased involvement in safety by making the workers express feelings and experiences related to specific work situations. By bringing the qualities of inter human relations into focus, a culture of reflexive practice could start to develop. The projects also revealed that employees wanted to make more use of themselves and their competence. Improving possibilities for workers to use their competence represent a considerable untapped potential in improving the safety culture offshore.