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Safety and risk management in aquaculture

Knowledge and methods for reducing risk are a key research topic at SINTEF. Safety and risk management in the aquaculture industry involve human, technical and organisational factors that characterise different production systems on land, along the coast and at sea.

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Regulation and regulatory requirements, operational boundaries, organisation of work, emergency preparedness and safety as an integral part of design are key topics for SINTEF. Holistic risk management is an approach where different risk dimensions in a given operation are assessed collectively, with the goal of protecting personnel, fish welfare, external environments, food safety, vessels, structures and equipment. Thorough risk assessments, good staff training, established work routines, as well as new technology that seeks to reduce risk are examples of important measures to reduce the risk of accidents.

Personal safety/HSE

The aquaculture industry is one of the most hazardous industries in Norway in terms of personal injuries and accidents. Employees in the aquaculture industry also have concerns and work-related absence as a result of musculoskeletal disorders. Interviews, surveys, observational studies and work meetings are key methods in HSE research at SINTEF.

Escaping fish

In order to find effective measures that can prevent escape incidents, one requires good insight into and knowledge about the direct and underlying causes of incidents. Knowledge about the challenges and opportunities that lie in different production systems, and the framework conditions for fish farming also provide the necessary insight to develop solutions that reduce the risk of fish escaping.

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