UK Oil and Gas Industry Safety Awards Winners Announced
The fifth UK Oil and Gas Industry Safety Awards celebrated people and companies striving to ensure North Sea oil and gas operations are as safe as they can be at a ceremony on 29 April in Aberdeen.
The awards, jointly organized by Oil and Gas UK and Step Change in Safety, consisted of six categories: Safety Leadership, Safety Representative of the Year, Innovation in Safety, Workforce Engagement, Occupational Health and Hygiene, and Sharing and Learning.
Robert Paterson, health and safety director at Oil and Gas UK, said, “We were really impressed with the level and standard of entries to our awards. The innovative approaches being taken by winners to ensure high standards of safety, as well as the measures under way to further raise awareness to the benefits of a healthy lifestyle, really are to be applauded.”
Oil and Gas UK is a representative organization for the UK offshore oil and gas industry. Its more than 500 members are companies licensed by the government to explore for and produce oil and gas in UK waters and those in the industry’s supply chain. Step Change in Safety, a not-for-profit organization that seeks to make the UK the safest oil province in the world, has 137 members representing operators, contractors, trade unions, regulators, and the onshore and offshore workforce.
The winners of the 2015 awards are
Safety Leadership—Vic Retalic, HSE and security manager, Premier Oil
Judges recognized Retalic’s creative approach to communicating health and safety, which included drawing on the expertise of other industries to look at concerns from a different perspective and using a cartoonist to capture meeting minutes as a 12-ft-long picture.
Safety Representative of the Year—Karen McCombie, offshore support planner and helicopter administrative assistant, Sodexo
The judges said McCombie has worked tirelessly to promote safety awareness on the Claymore platform, to increase participation at quarterly meetings, and to encourage Sodexo management to put safety at the top of the boardroom agenda.
Innovation in Safety—BG Group and Amec Foster Wheeler
BG Group and Amec Foster Wheeler have jointly delivered an industry first by developing a new technique for removing caissons, the pillars underpinning many North Sea platforms. The process holds promise for the future; BG Group plans to use this technology for the removal of similar caissons on other North Sea assets.
Workforce Engagement—The Bruce Platform Team, BP
BP’s Bruce Offshore Platform Team transformed its safety performance through an ambitious improvement program involving a new approach to communication and a focus on a new, consistent process.
Occupational Health and Hygiene—Lesley Officer, human resources manager, Rowan Drilling UK
Officer was involved in Rowan Drilling UK’s Wellness program to encourage a healthy body mass index and an active lifestyle. The total weight of participants has fallen consistently since, and Rowan’s offshore fleet became the first in the UK sector to be presented with NHS Scotland’s Healthy Living Award.
Sharing and Learning—Neil Clark, chief executive officer, IHF
Human factors are thought to account for 80% of all accidents offshore, and Clark’s commitment to raising awareness of them as a pivotal ingredient toward changing safety culture on and offshore impressed the judges. Clark has played a key role in Step Change in Safety’s steering group on competence and human factors.