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

As we begin the third quarter of 2022, the focus of our quarterly safety themes moves to Prevention of Personal Injury. We look forward to sharing information & resources over the next three months as the 8 subtopics are explored, more of which the team share in this update.

Hi ,

Our second quarter safety theme of 2022 centred on Human Factors and Performance and was well received across the industry. Thanks to workgroup co-chairs: Dr Marcin Nazaruk and David Jamieson C.ErgHF for their support with the campaign.

Wednesday 6th July marked the 34th anniversary of the Piper Alpha disaster. From a night in which 167 men tragically lost their lives, the industry has made significant changes that have prevented similar accidents from happening, including the inception of Step Change in Safety. Its creation was the direct result of the Cullen Report into the Piper Alpha disaster.

This September, we will be marking the SCiS 25th anniversary with an event at P&J Live which includes the Offshore Safety Awards 2022, jointly organised with OEUK. You can find out more below. Thank you to everyone for their nominations, we look forward to recognising the finalists shortly.

As highlighted in our last update, we will continue to mark the 25 year timeline & milestones in our history on social media. Please continue to join in the conversation and share your thoughts and memories using the hashtag #SCiS25.

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Sandy Fettes, EnQuest’s Global Wells Director, as the Operator Communities Co-Chair for the Step Change Leadership Team. Bob Fennell, the outgoing Co-Chair who has held the position since 2019, is stepping down from the position. Sandy has been an active member of the Step Change Leadership Team since joining in June 2020. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Bob for his commitment, time and energy over the past three years.

The Leadership Team is responsible for planning and monitoring the activities of Step Change in Safety and the success and impact of what we do would not be possible without their contribution and those working in the industry.

As always, I want to thank my team for their continued support throughout the year. We all look forward to continuing to engage and collaborate with you all over the coming months as we aim to make the UKCS the safest oil and gas province in the world.


Steve Rae, Executive Director



25-Year Anniversary

Upcoming events

To celebrate our achievements over the last 25 years, Step Change in Safety is hosting an event on 8th September, 2022 at P&J Live, Aberdeen, 9am – 5pm.

The full day event includes:

  • 25 years of resources, celebrating the wins
  • Panel session – highlighting resources that have made a difference
  • Offshore Safety Awards (in association with OEUK)
  • Keynote Speech: Chris Roebuck - Change & Transition, Staying the Course
  • Safety Quiz: participation from those attending and remote sites
  • Step Change in Safety recognition awards
  • Post-event snacks and drinks

As part of this event, we are delighted to be hosting the Offshore Safety Awards 2022 in association with OEUK. It is hugely important to recognise and promote the initiatives of individuals and teams in our sector and commend Safety Leadership from employers.

Thank you to everyone who has sent in nominations and to our principal awards sponsor Harbour Energy, award category sponsors CNOOC, the Marine Safety Forum & Spirit Energy & lunch sponsor Stork. Award nominations are now closed, and we look forward to sharing details of the finalists with you all shortly.

The anniversary event & awards are free to attend, to register for your free ticket visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/25-years-of-step-change-in-safety-offshore-safety-awards-tickets-297945812947

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A Look Back - Q2 Theme - Human Factors and Performance

We look back at our Q2 theme and its resources released which included:

  • Intro film to 2022 Q2 theme from Dr. Marcin Nazaruk, co-chair of the Human Factors Workgroup
  • HF Safety Moment Pack
  • Three webinars - HF in Contract Pre-qualification, HF in Accident Investigation & Introduction to Learning from Normal Work
  • HF Introduction Pack Slides
  • 12 Subtopic Discussion Sheets

Thank you to Q2 Work Group Chairs - Dr Marcin Nazaruk & David Jamieson for their valued input, time & commitment to the theme. To revisit the available resources, go to https://www.stepchangeinsafety.net/annual-themes-2022-q2/



Q3 Theme Launch - Prevention of Personal Injuries

The Prevention of Personal Injury theme launched on the 4th July and focuses on the awareness and understanding of personal hazards at site and how we control and communicate them. We will also look at the importance of maintaining situational and spatial awareness and the reporting and following up of unwanted conditions.


Thanks to our member companies who have shared their resources for the benefit of all - Wood., Taqa, Worley, CNOOC & Harbour Energy.

Resources for Q3 include Safety Moments for each of the subtopics, an animated film on Dynamic Risk Assessment and a Joined-up Thinking film which will be released later in the quarter. To find out more about Q3 and access the resources visit: https://www.stepchangeinsafety.net/annual-themes-2022-q3/



SWE v6 Update

The Safe Working Essentials (SWE) tools and their associated guidance have been revised according to user feedback, creating version 6, a more standardised collection which is suitable for digitising.

The updated versions include IOGP’s (International Association of Oil & Gas Producer) life-saving rules.

All the tools have been digitised using an off-the-shelf app. Take a look at the digital toolbox talk by clicking here



New Members

Step Change in Safety aims to make the UKCS the safest oil and gas province in the world. To deliver that objective, we need the support of the workforce. We are a member-led organisation which allows individuals from member companies to have a voice and help shape our plans, activities and direction.

A thank you & warm welcome to our newest Step Change in Safety members:

  • Advance Global Recruitment (AGR)
  • Waldorf Production UK
  • Aibel AS
  • Empirisys Ltd
  • Tullow Ghana
  • Chevron Corporation
  • Codex Integrity Limited
  • Kognivate
  • Fennex
  • Odjfell Technology
  • Capricorn Energy
  • Film-Ocean Ltd



OEUK HSE Conference

It has been hugely motivating to get to stand and present to an in-person audience once again at the Offshore Energies UK HSE Conference last month. Executive Director, Steve Rae, delivered a very clear and compelling message at the Opening Plenary Session on the need to ensure lessons and good practice in safety are transferred from the O&G sector into the alternative energy sectors. Lead Programme Delivery Manager Gillian Simpson PhD delivered a presentation on 'A Digital Control of Work as part of Session 7: Technology and Doug Seivwright, OIM of Ineos FPS and co-chair of our OIM Network, presented on 'Balancing Risk & Taking Action - An Offshore Perspective'.



Boots On For Safety

Our Boots on For Safety campaigns have been a huge success and left a positive legacy within the industry. These campaigns are designed to improve safety through engagement, leadership and collaboration.

As part of Boots on For Safety, Executive Director, Steve Rae has visited both on and offshore facilities of Perenco and Total Assets this year and is also heading to Equinor Mariner.

Step Change in Safety - “striving to make our industry a safer place”