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HSE Launches Shared Research Project on Engineered Composite Repairs

1 February 2017

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has initiated, and will lead, a shared research project with industry which aims to improve collective knowledge and understanding of the long-term integrity of engineered composite repairs.

The extent and use of engineered composite repairs on both onshore and offshore structures has increased dramatically in recent years. Whilst such repairs have so far proven satisfactory, greater understanding is required as to their long-term performance and integrity, particularly where they may be used in safety critical applications.

This 24-month project underlines HSE’s ongoing commitment to partner with industry and support science and research to address a range of cross-sector safety issues.

In addition to HSE, nine industry partners have joined the project to date: Total; Nexen; ConocoPhillips; TAQA and Shell for the Offshore Oil and Gas sector; Sellafield for the Nuclear sector; National Grid and SGN for Gas Transmission and Distribution, and EDF Energy representing the Power industry.

HSE’s Shared Research Project on Engineered Composite Repairs formally began with a meeting of stakeholder representatives at HSE’s Health and Safety Laboratory in Buxton, Derbyshire on 12 January 2017.

For more information on the Composite Repair project, please contact David Johnson

More information on other Shared Research projects can be found at

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HSE’s Shared Research Programme supports investment and collaboration in HSE’s research portfolio. Contributing partners who support this approach will be able to help shape the focus of the research activity, gain ongoing access to emerging findings and have early sight of draft outputs. Shared research is commissioned and managed through an appropriate range of commercial relationships, depending on the scale of activity and involvement. These include partnerships, programmes, projects and research club memberships.

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