Improving safety through collaboration, learning and sharing experience
Industry collaboration to improve workplace safety
Since 1997, Step Change in Safety has worked in partnership with the oil and gas industry, trade unions and regulators to improve workplace safety. Our aim is to make the UK the safest oil and gas province in the world in which to work.
Achieving that requires collaboration and the involvement of workers across the industry. We facilitate that through the eleven workgroups which we operate. Each works to raise safety standards, share good practice and communicate facts. By doing so the aim is to ensure nobody becomes complacent about staying safe.
Every member of Step Change in Safety has the opportunity to join a workgroup, giving them and their company a chance to contribute to raising safety in the UK oil and gas industry.
Safe Working Essentials
E-OBS online observation tool
E-OBS is a web-based application that allows the workforce to record and receive feedback on their safety observations using a PC, tablet or phone
Workforce Engagement (WEST)
Eye Safety Campaign
The Eye Safety campaign is an industry-wide initiative that addresses the importance of the awareness of eye safety and eye injury prevention techniques.
Major Accident Hazards Understanding
Own Your Barrier films and engagement packs
Produced by the Managing Accident Hazards Understanding workgroup, the films and packs aim to improve the understanding of Major Accident Hazards
LIfting Forum and Workgroup
The Lifting and Mechanical Handling Guidelines 2019
Aimed at anyone involved in lifting and mechanical handling operations, the guidelines - updated in 2019 - give guidance on lift planning and risk assessment.
Human Factors Online Assessment Tool
It is designed to explore individual's current relationship with human factors to understand where their strengths lie and identify areas for improvement
Our workgroups are:Major Accident Hazard Understanding, Safe Working Essentials, Helicopter Safety, Workforce Engagement (WEST), Safety Alerts and Moments, Competence, Human Factors, OIM Network, Joined-Up Thinking, Elected Safety Representatives and the Lifting Forum.
Our workgroups work tirelessly to develop a range of engaging educational resources that members can share with colleagues in their organisations in order to improve safety. This includes videos, presentations, toolkits, guidance documents and posters that are designed to share best practice, act as learning opportunities and provide topics for discussion with the workforce.
Visit the dedicated workgroup pages to discover more about the work being undertaken by each group and its members in order to improve workplace safety.
Developing and implementing industry-wide training and competence standards
Working to improve safety and strengthen confidence in helicopter travel
Supporting individuals to improve their safety performance
Helping the workforce to better understand worksite hazards
Creating safer workplaces during lifting and mechanical handling operations
Educating industry on preventing Major Accident Hazards
Standardising and simplifying tasks to benefit safety and efficiency.
Engaging the workforce to improve worksite safety
Offshore Safety reps were in place prior to the Piper Alpha tragedy however, their roles and responsibilities were different as were any actual powers they had.
The purpose of the OIM Network is to support and influence the Step Change in Safety agenda.
Step Change in Safety is committed to raising and promoting awareness of mental health among the onshore and offshore workforce.
Events and webinars
To support the oil and gas industry in improving safety we hold a number of events and webinars each year. Visit our events page for an up to date list.