Step Change in Safety Wins European Accolade

UK safety body Step Change in Safety has won a commendation by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work for its efforts to improve workforce engagement in the offshore oil and gas industry.

Step Change, which is focused on the oil and gas sector, reported Wednesday that its Workforce Engagement Toolkit was shortlisted for a European Good Practice award. The toolkit is designed to help oil and gas firms measure workforce engagement at individual worksites, identify areas of improvement and provide practical guidelines on how to make these improvements.

The accolade came at the 11th Good Practice Awards in Dublin April 29.

Step Change in Safety Team Leader Les Linklater commented in a statement:

"We know that worksites which demonstrate positive engagement with their staff on safety matters are the ones which have the best safety records, therefore the Workforce Engagement Toolkit was designed to help companies measure and improve how they do this.

"It's an honor to receive such commendation at a European level and it is testament to the passion and drive of Step Change in Safety’s Workforce Engagement Steering Group which led the project. I believe using the toolkit will benefit not just individual worksites, but could transform workforce engagement across the UK Continental Shelf if widely adopted. Other industries across Europe and the rest of the world will undoubtedly find good practice within the toolkit which could be adopted across a much wider spectrum."

Jake Molloy, a regional organizer for the RMT union and member of the Workforce Engagement Steering Group, added:

"This is great news for the whole Step Change team but I think in particular for the Workforce Engagement Steering Group leaders, Ian Sharp and Mike Bowyer. Without their drive and commitment it might not have made it off the drawing board. It is a great initiative and, with the right input from workers, the toolkit has the potential to make a real difference."

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