Welcome to the extended Spring update from Step Change in Safety.

Hi ,

This is my first seasonal members update since I took over the reins as Executive Director from Steve Rae at the end of 2023. I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their kind welcome.

My first few months in the position gathered pace, from meeting with existing and new members to creating a new strategic direction with the board to ensure we champion global safety across the entire energy industry. The past six months have filled me with optimism that we can further push through barriers to safety, taking leadership and the workforce on the journey together with us for a safer future.

As we sit in Q2 of 2024, our safety theme focuses on ‘Prevention of Personal Injury’ aligned with our Norwegian and Australian counterparts, Always Safe and Safer Together. Understanding hazards at site, the harm they cause can cause us, and how we can control them can prevent injuries to ourselves and our colleagues. Find out more about Q2 and all member resources available to you below.

We announced the launch of our Process Safety Workforce Survey, in partnership with Empirisys, in April. Following on from our successful Process Safety Leadership Survey, we are now asking the offshore and onshore energy workforce to play their part by committing to undertaking the survey, enabling your leadership teams to identify where improvements in process safety leadership can be made across your organisations and industry. There is further information on how you can complete the survey in our update below.

Our bi-annual Safety Rep Forum also took place in April, and we were overwhelmed by the response, both in attendance and feedback. It was encouraging and motivating to see our members taking the time to meet other safety reps, make connections and share experiences.

Finally, the health and safety of the workforce always come first. Making an impact on safety performance across all sectors is what continues to shape and drive our industry goals. Thank you all for continuing to #PlayYourPart to ensure this happens.


Craig Wiggins, Executive Director



Q2 2024 – Prevention of Personal Injury

In line with our collaborative quarterly themes with our friends at Safer Together Australia & Always Safe Norway, April – June sees a 2024 Q2 focus on ‘Prevention of Personal Injury’.

We have a range of member resources to support our Q2 theme of 'Prevention of Personal Injury'.

Resources available include films, posters, safety moments, resource packs, presentations and interactive resources with questions which will help you:

🔺 Enhance awareness of personal hazards and the potential for personal injuries

🔺 Reinforce the hierarchy of control in reducing personal risk

🔺 Understand how your decisions affect the risk of personal injuries

Find out more about Q2 and all member resources available to you here:




Process Safety Workforce Survey 2024 NOW LIVE

In April we launched our Process Safety Workforce Survey to the energy industry workforce, in partnership with Empirisys, at our bi-annual Safety Rep Forum which saw over 100 people attend at the city’s Union Kirk. Thank you to everyone who joined us.

The survey examines the eight Principles of Process Safety and follows on from our successful 2023 Process Safety Leadership Survey, which received responses from more than 450 senior leaders from 73 companies.

We now want to hear from YOU - our workforce.

We are asking the offshore and onshore energy workforce to play their part by committing to undertaking the survey, enabling your leadership teams to identify where improvements in process safety leadership can be made across your organisations and industry.

The survey will close on 17th of June 2024, taking less than 15 minutes to complete.

Step Change in Safety member organisations have been emailed with a survey link but can also take part in the survey by contacting gillian@stepchangeinsafety.net



Safety Rep Forum

Last month we welcomed over 100 attendees to our bi-annual Safety Rep Forum in the city's Union Kirk, a fantastic turnout. Thank you to all our speakers for their time and for playing their part, including:

🔺 Key note speaker paul blanchard who delivered an honest and thought-provoking account of 'Life After an Accident'

🔺 David Jamieson C.ErgHF & Dr. Jared Dempsey (Industrial Psychologist) - our Human Factor Workgroup Chairs who delivered a workshop on 'Helping to Harness the Human Factor in Toolbox Talks'

🔺 MaryAnn Rae who shared information on the launch of our Process Safety Workforce Survey with Empirisys

🔺 Esaula Armstrong of the Health and Safety Executive

🔺 Our Major Accident Hazard Understanding Work Group for their workshop on 'Barriers in Bowties' Fiona FitzGerald & Gillian Ewan

🔺 Our WEST group for their Workforce Engagement Support Team update

🔺 Gillian Ewan & Nicola Taylor for delivering our quiz

🔺 Peter Hepburn & Stuart Watson (WEST group co-chairs)

Steven Copland, Wayne Jeffrey, Rob Ewen and Gav McKinnon (AKA ‘E for Idots’ - picture above) won our quiz during the event 🏆 They chose to donate their £100 charity prize to Hillcrest Futures who support the mental health and wellbeing, homelessness, and drug and alcohol recovery of people in Tayside. Well done team! 👏 Find out more about Hillcrest Futures 👉 https://hillcrest.org.uk/

This event was free to attend and open to all member company safety reps, safety professionals and anyone with a passion for safety.

Thank you to all our speakers and to everyone who supported and attended. We look forward to the next one!

Save the date for our next Safety Rep Forum on Tues. 24th September - book your FREE place here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/safety-rep-forum-24th-september-tickets-813972723327?aff=oddtdtcreator



Tea Shack News Issue 6

Our next issue of Tea Shack News is available to read now: https://www.stepchangeinsafety.net/teashack-news/

Articles in this issue include informative reads on:

🔺How To Sleep Smarter with Emma Cook of Purely Balanced Fatigue Specialist

🔺Big Persons Offshore by the Health and Safety Executive

🔺Safety Observations: It's Not a Numbers Game with Ithaca Energy

🔺Process Safety Workforce Survey Official Launch with Empirisys ....and more!

This award-winning publication is championed by the Step Change in Safety Workforce Engagement Support Team (WEST), whose purpose is to support the workforce through proactive engagement to improve safety for the oil and gas industry.

Let us know what you think of Issue 6 and if you are interested in submitting content for our next issue, please contact editor@teashack.news



Sunday Safety Session

We held our 1st ever industry-wide Sunday Safety meeting. Bringing installations from across the world together for a FREE informative and engaging safety session, we were joined by over 400 participants!

This online session is designed to include or replace a Sunday Safety Meeting, we focus on preventing major accident hazards and how you can #PlayYourPart in managing their risk.

💭 Would you like some fresh, new content for your safety meeting?

🗣️ Would you like to be part of a wider, industry conversation on safety?

👂 Do you want to hear what’s new with Step Change in Safety?

This online-only event aligns with our current “Prevention of Major Accidents” quarterly theme and will include:

🔺 An expert presentation about weak signals

🔺 An opportunity to “ask the expert” and contribute to a wider discussion

🔺 A review of the most recent safety alerts published

🔺 An update on the Principles of Process Safety Leadership workforce survey

🔺 A short quiz

Join us for our next Sunday Safety Session on Sun, 30 Jun 2024 15:00 - 15:45 BST

Don’t delay, register your asset today https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sunday-safety-session-q2-prevention-of-personal-injuries-tickets-869133982137?aff=oddtdtcreator



Offshore Safety Awards 2024

Join us for the 2024 Offshore Safety Awards, jointly organised by Offshore Energies UK and Step Change in Safety, sponsored by Harbour Energy. The awards are a celebration of the excellent work being done to promote safety across the UK energy industry and to share the outstanding contributions being made by individuals and companies to the industry’s safety performance. A great all-day event for everyone working to make our industry the gold standard in safety.

This full-day, free-to-attend event will include keynote presentations, panel sessions, networking, drinks reception and of course, the Offshore Safety Awards. The awards will see the audience participate in judging. Finalists will film video selfies and explain on the day what they have been doing to contribute toward safety.

Keep your eyes peeled for the finalists who will be announced soon in the following categories:

🏆 Award for Major Hazard Awareness, sponsored by CNOOC

🏆 Award for Wellbeing and Workforce Environment

🏆 Award for Sharing and Learning, sponsored by Spirit Energy

🏆 Award for Workforce Engagement

🏆 Award for Maritime Safety, sponsored by Marine Safety Forum

🏆 Award for Safety Representative of the Year, sponsored by OPITO

Click here to secure your free attendance: https://ow.ly/CSc150QWCZA



Process Safety Awareness Training Course Endorsement

We have recently taken a significant step by endorsing a Process Safety Training course developed by member organisation, Salus Technical. This is the first time we have made this commitment as part of a new direction to collaborate closer with our members to fulfil our mission of reducing accidents in the offshore industry.

Since its launch in early 2023 by Aberdeen-based process safety firm, Salus Technical, the Process Safety Awareness course has become a cornerstone of the business. The training has already been completed by over 1,500 participants from companies such as Serica Energy, Petrofac, and Neptune Energy, with several organisations enrolling their entire workforce.

‘Process Safety Awareness Training’ will be actively promoted to Step Change in Safety members, having undergone rigorous testing and evaluation by the organisation’s leadership team. The endorsement signifies our confidence in the course’s potential to disseminate safety knowledge on a global scale.

A course discount is available to all Step Change in Safety members, please visit Process Safety Training to learn more.



Team Expansion & New Job Creation

We welcomed Nicola Taylor to the team as Business Engagement Manager. The new position to the team has been created to further support our 165+ members.

Nicola joins the team with extensive energy industry experience and a background in HSE, Communications and Project Management having held positions with Stork, Sparrows Group (now Altrad Sparrows), the Society for Underwater Technology and Expro.

Craig Wiggins, Executive Director for Step Change in Safety says, “The position of Business Engagement Manager was created to ensure the new member onboarding process and ongoing support of our valued members. We want all of our members to fully engage with us and to know what is available to them from a support and resource perspective. Most importantly, we are a member-led organisation which allows individuals from our member companies to have a voice and help shape our plans, activities and direction.

“Step Change in Safety is unique. No other industry has a body that brings together industry leaders, operators, the supply chain, unions, the Regulator and the workforce, to create best practice guidelines and showcase safety. The resources and toolkits we create, and events we organise are all free for our members and their employees.”

Craig continues, “We welcome Nicola and know she will be a valuable member of the Step Change in Safety team and for our members.”



And finally...we look forward to meeting with our members in the South next week when we exhibit at SNS2024 Conference, organised by EEEGR (East of England Energy Group) - 22/23 May in Norwich.

The SNS conference and exhibition is a leading forum where industry supply chain, academia, and government connect with the whole of the energy sector supporting the East of England. The two-day conference and exhibition returns and is set to welcome over 1,500 attendees and enable up to 80 exhibitors to showcase their services.

The conference agenda is shaping up with speakers confirmed from: SSE Renewables, RWE, OPITO, National Grid, North Sea Transition Authority, Perenco, Wood Sizewell C, Equinor, Ørsted, Offshore Energies UK, EIC (Energy Industries Council) and Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult with more to be announced shortly.

We look forward to welcoming existing members and those who wish to find out more about Step Change in Safety and what we are doing to support the industry and its workforce.

Visit us on stand: 03 to meet the team.