Helping the workforce to better understand worksite hazards

Joined-up Thinking seeks to provide the oil and gas industry with standardised educational packs that can help the workforce to gain a better understanding of the hazards they may face at a worksite.

Each of the short, informative and interactive packs takes around 30 minutes to deliver. They consist of a short film that highlights industry best practice, easy to follow speaker notes and a special bulletin that provides more detail about the incident covered in the video.

Joined-up Thinking packs cover a wide range of subject matters and are suitable for use in onshore and offshore safety meetings.



Joined-up Thinking engages and encourages people working in the oil and gas industry to improve their understanding of worksite hazards. It aims to promote open conversation about what could go wrong and what can be done to prevent it.

The learning packs are designed to increase the workforce’s awareness of different safety issues and give workers the tools and understanding to play their part in preventing worksite incidents.

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  1. Derek Donald
    Derek Donald
    Senior HSSEA Manager - UK Operations
    Wood Plc

    Derek embarked on his HSE career a little differently from most. He started within local authorities in the early 90s before moving into the training environment in 2001 as an Instructor with RGiT Montrose (latterly Petrofac Training) delivering training solutions to the Oil, gas and renewables sectors in the UK and Trinidad before transferring to mainstream Petrofac in 2008 as an HSE Advisor on their Duty Holder projects. During this time he also spent 11 years ‘on call’ with HM Coastguards local Search & Rescue team conducting shore based SAR operations.

    Derek joined Wood in 2013 and is part of Wood’s EMEA HSSE&S leadership team managing the HSE team in the Operated Assets business within the UKCS. He leads a team focused on delivering safe and sustainable operations to support facilities and producing assets across multiple clients.

    He is an IOSH chartered Safety Practitioner with 30 years multi sector/ industry HSE experience providing a comprehensive and varied knowledge of the industry.

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  2. Joanne Wilkinson
    Joanne Wilkinson
    Senior Operational Safety Advisor
    Serica Energy (UK) Limited

    I started my working career in the British Army as a Combat Medical Technician with 23 Parachute Field Ambulance, in my 8 years of service, I undertook tours in Rwanda, Bosnia and Kosovo. I started my health and safety journey whilst in the military undertaking risk and COSHH assessments, when I left, I completed my NEBOSH Certificate and quickly secured a HSEQ Advisor role with Carillion working in construction and highways predominantly on the M25 motorway, big eye opener to risk perception and mitigation, with cones and piece of string to protect us. After 5 years, I moved to Scotland and worked briefly with the local authority before working with Swire Oilfield Services, where I was introduced to COMAH and major accident hazards, I spent 5 years at Swire and moved onto Fergusons, where I travelled internationally developing safety and quality management systems as well as taking on the role of HSE Manager manufacturing in Inverurie.

    Aspiring to have a roll as an operational safety advisor within the exploration and production side of the oil and gas industry I joined Petrofac as HSE Advisor and then quickly transitioned into a Duty Holder Advisor position on the Kittiwake, where I spent the next 5 years before taking a leap into my own business and working for Aker Solutions in the projects and engineering department and most recently TOTAL in corporate HSE department for the past 2 years.

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*NEW* Joined-up Thinking: Confined Space Entry

Produced together with the Marine Safety Forum, this pack contains a high-quality film which follows a successful task involving confined space entry, from planning phase to completion, highlighting good practice and controls throughout with questions at the end to encourage discussion and engagement.

Also included within the pack are speaker notes, a variety of Confined Space Safety Alerts, guidance for confined space entry working and a safety moment.

This pack is available to download FREE for all our members here:

Confined Space Capture

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