Offshore Safety Awards to be Postponed

The Offshore Safety Awards – jointly organised by Step Change in Safety and Oil & Gas UK – has been postponed until Wednesday 17 August


The decision was made by the membership organisations so both companies can focus closely on supporting the industry and workforce following the helicopter crash in Norway on Friday.


Les Linklater, Executive Director with Step Change in Safety, said: “The thoughts and condolences from Step Change in Safety and Oil & Gas UK go out to the families, friends and colleagues of those lost. While it remains vitally important to continue to celebrate the good work of everyone involved in delivering safety excellence, we have taken the decision to postpone the Offshore Safety Awards until later in the year.”


As the deadline for nominations has past (Monday 2 May) all submissions to date will be held and used in the forthcoming Offshore Safety Awards that were due to take place on 31st May, 2016.


Mick Borwell, Health, Safety and Environment Policy Director, with Oil & Gas UK, added: “We feel that our immediate priority is to continue to follow the events as they develop in Norway and ensure that the industry remains resolute in its commitment to safe flight operations.”


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Notes to Editors:

Issued jointly by Oil & Gas UK and Step Change in Safety. Contact Jennifer Phillips, Communications Adviser, Oil & Gas UK on 01224 577279 or Charlotte Jordan, Communications Adviser, Step Change in Safety on 01224 577345.


About Oil & Gas UK

Oil & Gas UK is the leading representative organisation for the UK offshore oil and gas industry. Its membership comprises oil and gas producers and contractor companies.


About Step Change in Safety

Step Change in Safety is a member-led organisation which seeks to make the UK the safest oil and gas province in the world to work in.  The Aberdeen-based partnership has more than 150 members, who represent operators, contractors, trade unions, regulators and the onshore and offshore workforce.  Step Change in Safety’s work is divided into four streams: asset integrity, competence and human factors, helicopter safety and workforce engagement.