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We will update this page with progress every fortnight.  Download the slides from the latest Simplification Steering Group meeting to read the latest information. 

Step Change in Safety (SCiS) exists to ensure the UKCS oil and gas industry is the safest in the world for its workforce through collaborative working to help implement behavioural change. 

The not-for-profit, member-led organisation, SCiS brings together four steering groups who strive to raise standards, share good practice and communicate facts that guard against complacency.

The Simplification Steering Group was established to identify and eliminate unnecessary duplication on systems, to ensure consistent and efficient safety processes both onshore and offshore. 

The Steering Group worked to determine processes that could benefit from being streamlined, including common approaches to Toolbox Talks, Dynamic Risk Assessments and Behavioural Safety Observation Cards.

Once the Simplification project was agreed in December 2015, phase one – The Pilot – was rolled out across six sites to trial the Safe Working Essentials Tool in April 2016.

Phase one was completed across all six sites by mid June 2016 with phase two – the adoption phase -  now underway with each operator continuing the trial on their current sites and extending it to another site, bringing the total to 12. A further six new sites are hoping to join the project within the year - it is expected that there will be 18 sites piloting the Safe Working Essentials Tool by November 2016.

The Simplification Steering Group will continue to closely monitor to assess how well the tool is working and whether further communication is needed to ensure its success, as well as meets its overall aim – to standardise three common processes to enhance productivity and safety in the oil and gas industry. 

The group have created a Guidance document for the use of Safe Working Essentials - you can download it by clicking the image below;


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