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

As we head into the final few weeks of the year, I want to thank you, on behalf of Step Change in Safety, for your membership and continued support.

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2022 has been a milestone year for Step Change in Safety and we were very proud to see our member-led organisation mark its 25th anniversary. Thank you to everyone who joined us for our celebratory event which took place at the P&J Live in September and included the Offshore Safety Awards 2022, jointly organised with OEUK. During the event, 'Remembering Piper: The Night That Changed Our Lives' was voted as the resource most effective at keeping us safe.

Our Q3 safety theme of 2022 centred on ‘Prevention of Personal Injury’ and was well received across the industry. We are in the final weeks of our final Q4 safety theme for the year which has been embraced by many. Since October we have been raising and promoting awareness of mental health among the energy industry workforce, both onshore and offshore. We recognise the increasing mental health challenges our workforce faces, and we also know that this can pose major risks to safety and well-being. Thank you to all for being so engaged on this very important topic and to all our members who provided excellent shared resources to align and support this theme.

As we look forward to 2023, I am pleased to announce two significant pieces of news, one of which is our new global partnership and alignment of quarterly themes with our Norwegian and Australian counterparts, Always Safe and Safer Together. We see this as a very positive development towards improving awareness and understanding of key safety topics across the global energy community. I would like to thank our friends at Always Safe and Safer Together for entering this collaborative partnership for the greater good of those who are employed in the energy sector. We are also delighted to welcome two new co-chairs to our Senior Leadership Team which includes our first female co-chair Gillian Urquhart, Regional HSE & Carbon Manager of bp North Sea and Derek Mitchell - Vice President of Brownfield Services at Global E&C. You can find out more about both announcements in this Winter update.

As always, I want to thank my team for their continued support throughout 2022. We all look forward to the future, a future that will see Step Change in Safety expand its offering beyond the UK oil & gas sector to include health and safety support for the growing renewables and alternative energy markets and our international members.

From everyone at Step Change in Safety, we wish you all a safe and peaceful festive season and all the best for 2023.


Steve Rae, Executive Director



Senior Leadership Team Update

We are delighted to announce two new co-chairs to our Senior Leadership Team, welcome to Gillian Urquhart of bp North Sea, our first female co-chair, and Derek Mitchell of Global E&C.

Gillian is Regional HSE & Carbon Manager for bp North Sea and is part of the regional business leadership team accountable for the delivery of HSE&C activities across the North Sea region. Gillian also spent over a decade with the HSE as Manager of the Energy Division Offshore.

Derek is Vice President of Brownfield Services at Global E&C and has over 35 years of experience in the oil and gas industry spanning both the operator and contractor community across both projects and asset integrity.



New Quarterly Themes Update 2023

The 2021 introduction of our quarterly-themed approach has been well received over the past year and proved to be successful across our membership. It has also seen an increase in collaboration through the sharing of member-developed resources to support specific quarters.

As our membership reach continues to attract global interest, we looked to like-minded organisations with a view to gaining further support for our quarterly approach.

Our Norwegian counterparts Always Safe, had also been using a similar approach in promoting safety themes on a quarterly basis, albeit slightly differently from our own. We had also been talking with Safer Together, Australia’s equivalent of Step Change in Safety, regarding the potential for increased collaboration and sharing of safety resources.

We contacted both organisations to explore the potential for aligning our combined efforts around four key themes and have reached an agreement with Always Safe and Safer Together to adopt the following annual quarterly themes from January 2023:

Q1 – Prevention of Major Accidents

Q2 – Prevention of Personal Injuries

Q3 - Safe Lifting, Working at Height and Preventing Dropped Objects

Q4 – Mental Health, Wellbeing & Work Environment

The benefits of this increased alignment for Step Change in Safety Members and the UK sector include:

  • Potential for our members to increase collaboration, on key safety themes, across their global businesses.
  • Potential to share resources across all three organisations.
  • Create a clear alignment and commonality for safety messaging in the UK, Norwegian and Australian regions.

As a result of this collaborative project, we now share a common goal of raising awareness and understanding, with like-minded organisations who are committed to improving safety across the global energy sector.

Simply put, we share a mutual goal of ensuring our workforce return home safely to their families, colleagues and friends from their respective place of work.

Watch this short video to find out more about our new quarterly themes and global partnership: https://youtu.be/7Cve0iTHzOE


In Memory of Jim Trodden - 1954 – 2022

We received the sad news that Jim Trodden, the unmistakably recognisable voice of Step Change in Safety, passed away on the 11th of November.

Jim was a larger-than-life character who displayed and shared an unwavering commitment to safety during his long career in our industry. From his time with Chevron and for supporting us at Step Change in Safety, Jim will be missed by so many.

The short video below pays tribute to Jim, who will be remembered for playing his part:



Q3 Prevention of Personal Injury

July to September saw the focus on the Prevention of Personal Injury, with the aim to:

🔺 Increase awareness of the potential of personal injuries

🔺 Reinforce the hierarchy of control in reducing personal risk

🔺 Understand the part you play

By understanding the hazards at site, the harm they can cause us and how we can control and communicate them can prevent potential injuries to ourselves and our colleagues.

Resources for this quarter included the Prevention of Personal Injuries Safety Moment Pack, ‘Normalised Risk - The other side’ – a webinar with motivational speaker Kevin Scott and member-led contributed resources from Bilfinger and TAQA.

Available resources on this theme can be found and accessed here: https://www.stepchangeinsafety.net/resources/topics/personal-injury/



25th Anniversary Round Up

September saw us recognise 25 years of Step Change with a celebratory event at P&J Live.

The full-day event, hosted by Andrea Brymer of STV, included keynote presentations, interactive panel / quiz sessions, the Step Change in Safety recognition awards and the Industry’s Offshore Safety Awards – which were jointly presented by OEUK.

The in-person event was for all of our members’ employees and also included a live quiz that allowed remote teams from offshore and onshore worksites to participate.

We celebrated, gave recognition, and networked in person – something we have all missed over the last few years. What a fantastic day!

Thank you to principal sponsor Harbour Energy and all other organisations who supported this event.



Tea Shack News Rebooted

The highly anticipated Tea Shack News returns to your offshore and onshore locations in January 2023, as well as online!

Tea Shack News is your voice - shared with the wider industry - written by workforce members to cover industry news, safety advice and the thoughts of those working in the oil and gas industry.

Our regular articles will include:

• Lessons Learned

• Rewards & Recognition

• Innovation & Ideas

• Quiz!

Find out more at: https://www.stepchangeinsafety.net/teashack-news/

News to share? Please email editor@teashack.news


Seasons Greetings

And last but certainly not least, wishing you all a Happy Festive Season and a Safe New Year from the team at Step Change in Safety.