Chevron Chief Appointed New Co-Chair of Step Change in Safety

Rick Cohagan, managing director of Chevron Upstream Europe, has been appointed new co-chair of Step Change in Safety. He will work with the Step Change leadership team and co-chair Doug Halkett on improving the oil and gas industry's safety record, with the aim of making the UK the safest place to work in the worldwide oil and gas industry.

Cohagan received his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Vanderbilt University in 1978 and joined Chevron the same year as a Facilities Engineer. He has held a variety of upstream technical and managerial positions including assignments in Colorado, Texas, Wyoming and Louisiana. Cohagan was Country Manager, Argentina from 2002 to 2004 located in Buenos Aries. Prior to his current assignment, Rick was Vice President, Mid Continent SBU for Chevron North America Exploration & Production from 2004 to 2006. "As an industry, it is absolutely essential that we adopt an open approach to safety and engage everyone from the boardroom to the field in sharing perspectives on safety in order to overcome the challenges we currently face," Rick Cohagan said. "I am convinced that the industry's safety performance will continue to improve. Industry-wide collaboration is the real key to achieving our objective of world-class safety performance within the UK Oil and Gas sector."

The Step Change in Safety initiative was founded in 1997 by the Oil and Gas industry trade associations with the aim of reducing the UK offshore Oil and Gas industry injury rate by 50%. Its work has succeeded in uniting the industry at all levels on the essential issue of safety in the workplace.

Step Change in Safety is made up of a Leadership Team comprising the Managing Directors of fifteen operator and contractor companies and representatives from seven trade associations, including the UK Health and Safety Executive and the Trade Unions. It is this broad stakeholder base that makes Step Change in Safety effective across the whole industry.