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The Workforce Engagement Support Team (WEST) works on behalf of the workforce to spread knowledge and promote best practice in order to improve safety. It provides practical guidance to companies to help encourage and improve engagement amongst all members of the workforce, which is essential for fostering safe and healthy working environments.
The workgroup comprises individuals who represent the regulator, the workforce, trade unions, employers and industry associations, and its activities and campaigns are driven by the needs and concerns of the workforce. Engaged workers will feel empowered to raise awareness of unsafe situations, which can enhance a culture of safety at worksites.
The mission of the workgroup is to stimulate lateral learning and best practice across the offshore oil and gas industry by involving the whole workforce, with the overall aim of improving safety.
To contact the WEST workgroup, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Workforce Engagement Toolkit
Building a workforce in which everyone feels able to actively participate, share their views and free to challenge, is crucial to improving safety and reducing accidents and incidents. Through its Workforce Engagement Support Team, Step Change in Safety provides the Workforce Engagement Toolkit to help companies embed this culture in their organisations.
The toolkit allows companies to measure and improve their levels of workforce engagement at specific worksites and understand strengths and weaknesses, and develop improvement action plans.
Central to the toolkit is a unique worksite survey that asks questions around visibility, communication, involvement, support, challenge and participation. Alongside the survey, a range of supplementary information is also available to download.
WEST can use the collected information to drive focus areas, enhance best practice and continuously improve workforce engagement and safety across the UKCS.
Workforce Engagment Toolkit
Click here to access the Workforce Engagement Toolkit which is supported by Mintra.
Elected Safety Reps
If you are an ESR and would like more information about how Step Change in Safety can support you, visit our dedicated ESR section.
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COVID-19: Impact on Safety
Step Change in Safety has produced a range of resources to support the industry to respond to the challenges brought by COVID-19 and adapt to the 'new normal'
"TOFS" is a series of industry panel sessions are hosted by Step Change in Safety and covering important and relevant safety issues.
Step Change in Safety and AXIS Network are partnering to develop guidance for operators and the supply chain on inclusive offshore working practices.
WEST's onshore Co-Chairs are:
- Bob Egan
- Workforce Engagement Specialist
- Health and Safety Executive
Bob's working life has been in the Construction Industry, Petrochemical Industry, Offshore Industry and now for the Health and Safety Executive.
Throughout his working life he has had a keen interest in improving workers health and safety and by working in different industries and going offshore since 1992 he has gained a lot of insights into the different working practices between companies and Duty Holders.
Bob became involved with Step Change in Safety as an Elected Safety Rep back in 2010 and has remained part of a group focused on the health and safety of the offshore workforce. Bob says there have been many high points when playing his part in Step Change in Safety and also low points when tragedies have happened in the industry. But feeling that together we can all help prevent another and progress workers safety is the goal we all have.
- Afolabi Banu
- Senior Operational HSEQ Adviser
- Harbour Energy
WEST's offshore Co-Chairs:
- Steph Sunley
- Logistics Supervisor
- Aramark Ltd
Steph Sunley has been an offshore logistics Supervisor on the AP1 for Spirit Energy for the last 8 years and has worked offshore for a further two years.
She’s been a safety rep for more than 3 years and elected to serve on the Step Change in Safety Leadership team. She’s also a member of the Major Accident Hazards Understanding workgroup.
- Stuart Mann
- BP Clair Ridge HVAC Tech
- BP Exploration
Stuart Mann, a heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) technician and ESR on BP’s Clair Ridge platform in the North Sea. He became a Safety Rep in 2004 and has been an active participant in the promotion of and commitment to the safety agenda within the oil and gas industry since then. Over the years his passion for safety and the people involved with it has grown and grown. He's been involved with not only BP’s UK Safety Reps Forum, but also Step Change in Safety’s ESR Network and has witnessed first-hand how effective a group can be in promoting, sharing, and demonstrating positive HSSE behaviours and culture in the workplace.
Stuart believes that by positively influencing others and by being an active participant in the effectiveness, communication, and endorsement of safety in the oil and gas industry, we can produce results.
Workforce Engagement downloads
AXIS Network Aberdeen is pleased to launch its Inclusive Offshore Working Guidelines, produced in partnership with Step Change in Safety.
The series of graphics were designed to address the common findings from the industry’s recent COVID-19 outbreak investigation.