Inclusive Offshore Working Practices

Step Change in Safety and AXIS Network are partnering to develop guidance for operators and the supply chain on inclusive offshore working practices.

Step Change in Safety shares AXIS’ passion for inclusive working environments which we believe allows all of our people to be themselves, and to be fully present at work. It’s in our industry’s best interests to create an inclusive environment where members of the workforce can do their very best work and allow us all to do our jobs properly and safely.

We have partnered with AXIS to promote an inclusive offshore working environment for all whilst recognising the present climate is bias towards the male gender. We will identify areas to improve upon, where lack of inclusivity may have an impact on safety performance and recommend best practice for a mutually inclusive workplace.

As part of this campaign, we aim to:​

  • Create a safe and open environment to seek community feedback on experiences of offshore and onsite to allow us to drive change

  • Share good practice from individuals and companies through case studies to drive improvement across the Energy Sector

  • Produce guidelines for organisations to efficiently promote inclusivity offshore and on-site

  • Work with the supply change to ensure there is adequate consideration for all personnel working offshore and onsite


AXIS Network

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We really want to hear your thoughts, views and suggestions for a safer, more inclusive offshore environment.

If you’d be interested in sharing a story, feedback, or suggestions with us, then please contact us at

Case Studies

Survival Suits

We have all struggled one time or another. They're either too tight, or maybe we indulged a bit too much on the pudding this trip, but there is one common consistency - for the majority of men, the suit given before boarding the helicopter will fit in a safe manner. And whilst there will naturally be some individuals where the suit is a bit loose around the neck or wrist, or it's just too tight; there will be another suit available. For women this is a different story. It's not uncommon to try on 3, 4 sometimes even 5 suits - all of which, don't fit. If there isn't a single suit available that's safe to wear, the result is that person is getting bumped from that flight. No matter who you are, this often brings up emotions of embarrassment, frustration and shame, even though it is the company's responsibility to ensure appropriate PPE is available for everyone. Add to that the time wasted for your fellow passengers and money wasted on an unused seat and it's a thoroughly negative experience. For the majority of women, they have experienced the above scenario and subsequent emotions multiple times whilst going offshore. All because the survival suits are not designed for the female anatomy. Whilst men have larger necks and wrists, perfect for obtaining the desired seal; women are smaller in both of these areas but their larger hips and chest will drive them up a suit size, meaning often the offshore helicopter survival suits will be too big at the seal points making them unsafe. What's the solution? We spoke to one company who sought to combine equality, inclusion and innovation in their provision of aviation survival suits, ensuring a safer and more comfortable trip offshore for everyone, regardless of their gender.

Survival Suit Case Study

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