HSE People Panel – Kelvin Blackburn – Offshore Health and Safety

The HSE People Panel is made up of specialists across different areas who have volunteered to share their insight and experience with the HSE People network.

Kelvin Blackburn BEng GradIOSH FndEng. is passionate about getting people home safe after every shift offshore.  He works to ensure everyone under his care’s safety, health and wellbeing, is the top priority each and every day. He does this by being approachable, honest, and empathic to every individuals experiences, training, knowledge and feelings. Every individual has differing skills to make the teams stronger, but more importantly safer. He empowers individuals to embrace that mindset and affect little bits of change through their interactions.  His goal is to make himself redundant, by training and empowering my organisations workforce and contractors, to a point where my requirement is negligible.

Kelvin is a vastly experienced professional with a broad spectrum of Occupational Safety & Health knowledge and skills. He began his 12 year career in the Royal Navy as a Marine Engineer on Nuclear Submarines, culminating in qualification as Nuclear Reactor Operator. Upon leaving the Royal Navy he worked on the largest construction site in Europe at the time, The Shetlands Gas Plant (onshore).  After that contract ended, Kelvin worked on an Oil Production platform offshore West of the Shetlands Islands.  This was as an Operator where his responsibilities involved control of work and permit to work management, including worksite risk assessments of a busy offshore construction project. After a short time he then transitioned into Operational HSE, where he was responsible for managing certain aspects of installation health and safety. 

Kelvin is a skilled assessor of various levels of risk assessment and permit to work.  Involved in implementing active discussions around the work sites at the lowest level of risk assessment, all the way up to HAZOP, HAZID and QRA’s involvement such as: Fire Explosion Risk Assessment (FERA) or Evacuation and Emergency Response Assessment (EERA).

Kelvin has detailed understanding of Technical, Engineering and Construction regulations within the offshore operational and exploration World.  He is involved in the technical aspects of safe operations and maintenance of the installations Major Accident Barrier Controls in line with the Verification and Examination Schemes.

He is an active participant in Emergency Response Management planning and training for offshore teams, including review of activities and improvement projects. Kelvin manages and plan the safety aspects of offshore Maintenance period’s which involves the Safe Isolation and Re-instatement of Plant, Confined Space entry work, Hot work activities, Pressure Testing, Heavy Lift operations and Construction activities to name a few.

Kelvin is an active and qualified coach, trainer, and workplace assessor, ensuring all legislative and regulatory training is completed for all personnel within the company. Manage and amend the asset competence framework to ensure all personnel and contractors are fully informed of all hazards applicable to the assets they are working on. Teacher of non-technical Human Factor Skills framework incorporating, Situational Awareness, Communication, Teamwork, Leadership, followership and Fatigue Management.

Kelvin’s qualifications include – 

  • MSc in Risk and Safety Management (currently studying)
  • NVQ Level 6 Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety (ProQual)
  • NEBOSH General Certificate
  • NEBOSH Certificate in Process Safety Management
  • Kelvin TOPSET Accident investigation
  • Human Factors non-technical skills train the trainer
  • Legionella Management
  • Non-licensed Asbestos worker
  • Face-fit testing
  • ISO 14001 internal auditors’ course
  • Synergi advanced user training

If you would like to ask Kelvin or another member of our safety panel a questions please get in touch – info@hsepeople.com