Scottish O&G Cos Recognized for Leading Safe, Healthy Lives

A total of 18 North-East oil and gas companies were named among Scotland's safest, healthiest employers at a prestigious awards ceremony held on Thursday, October 1st.

Employers from the oil and gas industry received Healthy Working Lives Awards in recognition of their efforts to promote healthier lifestyles and improve work safety.

A total of 35 Awards were presented to 31 local organizations at the ceremony, which was held at The Salvation Army citadel in Aberdeen and presented by TV presenter and former Grampian Television newsreader Isla Traquair.

The Healthy Working Live Awards, administered by the Scottish Centre for Healthy Working Lives, encourage employers to promote a healthier workforce and cover a wide range of topics including health promotion, occupational health and safety, employability, mental health and well-being, community involvement, and health and the environment.

The majority of the Awards presented at the ceremony were to oil and gas sector employers, with GE Oil and Gas, Scotoil Services and Halliburton Manufacturing Services among those receiving the Gold Award accreditation.

Steve Bell, Strategic Director of the Scottish Centre for Healthy Working Lives, said, "I'd like to congratulate these oil and gas sector employers on their achievement of the Award, which demonstrates that they have made safe and healthy working practices a key priority. They join more than over 250 organizations, which have received a Healthy Working Lives Award to date.

"Encouraging workplace health should never be a chore or a second thought -- a healthy workforce is the key to success for organizations in all sectors. The Healthy Working Lives Award program provides a clear framework to creating better workplaces, and our nationwide network of Advisers is always on hand to provide all the help and support organizations require to achieve the Award."

Westhill-based subsea engineering construction specialists Technip UK Limited received a Gold Award after introducing a series of initiatives to reduce staff turnover and minimize sickness absence among the company's 800 staff. Workers also benefited from the introduction of health promotion activities including healthy eating awareness days, health checks and massage therapies. Information campaigns focusing on issues such as dental health, flu vaccination and cancer awareness also proved popular.

Ron Cookson, Managing Director of Technip UK Limited, said, "I am extremely pleased that our efforts to help our people make positive health choices have been recognized at the highest level.

"The wellbeing of all our staff is of utmost importance to us and through Healthy Working Lives we are able to offer practical information and advice that can help them maintain a healthy lifestyle. I wish to thank and congratulate the Healthy Working Lives team on this fantastic Gold Award."

The Scottish Centre for Healthy Working Lives was established in April 2005 and is playing a key role in helping to reduce work-related ill health by 20 percent and days lost to ill health by 30 percent.

The Centre's 80 advisers are at hand to help companies achieve the Healthy Working Lives Awards with a variety of health promotion and safety themes. Elements include drugs and alcohol policies, smoking cessation, healthy eating, physical activity and mental health and well-being promotion.

There are three levels of Healthy Working Lives Award -- Bronze, Silver and Gold -- each setting out core criteria which organizations must meet, however, the program is designed to flexibly allow employers to select topics specific to their own workforce. The Mental Health and Well-being Commendation is also available. The Award has been developed in consultation with business and health professionals across Scotland, and over 1,200 organizations have registered for the Award to date.