Survitec – Health & Safety

Survitec – Health & Safety


Jim Cook, Survitecʼs Head of Business Development for Energy, explains the company’s decision to strengthen its presence in the offshore wind sector.

Survival Technology leader Survitec knows a thing or two about safety and survival: the company has been supplying innovative safety products for more than 166 years, protecting over a million lives every day.

Key purpose

“As a company we exist to protect lives,” said Jim Cook, Survitecʼs Head of Business Development, Energy. “Our key purpose remains protecting personnel and our customers’ assets while ensuring that our vision and mission is totally within that philosophy. Our values are captured around the safety of customers, people, excellence, innovation, and integrity.”

Commenting on the requirements of the offshore wind business in particular, Jim continued: “We are putting offshore wind very much at the forefront of our business development strategy, and our recent acquisition of Hansen Protection is indicative of that commitment.

“As every offshore wind project is different each project requires a different PPE solution. But whether we are working with those involved in the development and construction phase or the operation and maintenance side, they will all experience the same level of service. We look at the entire safety package requirement.”

Windfarm life cycle

For the offshore wind energy market this would cover all the Survival Technology requirements for the complete life cycle of a windfarm.

Jim further explained: “With the addition of Hansen Protection and its leading offshore PPE rental brand, HeliPPE, we can now deliver the market a complete and comprehensive PPE package. This allows us to better react immediately and efficiently to any challenges the industry may face.”

Among the myriad of PPE developed for the sector, Survitec has designed and developed a new aviation lifejacket with compressed air EBS for offshore helicopter passengers. Halo is designed to offer personnel 80% more breathable air than the industry standard.

New standard

Jim concluded: “With more than 60 years’ market-leading experience in lifejacket design, coupled with extensive industry insights we have been able to design a lifejacket that sets a new standard in helicopter transfer safety. Halo is a huge step forward in lifejacket comfortability and in-water safety performance.”

Survitec has also improved the safety of those maintaining wind turbines with its award-winning turbine descent emergency system. The Evacuator moves away from a rope-based descent system to a more user friendly, mechanical evacuation process designed specifically for wind turbine technicians.