Wanted: North Sea safety champions

The hunt is underway once again for the men, women and companies going all out for offshore safety.

Nominations have just opened for this year’s Offshore Safety Awards – organised by Oil & Gas UK and Step Change in Safety, with TOTAL as principal sponsor – which celebrate the people and companies doing all they can to make the UK Continental Shelf as safe as possible.

Les Linklater, Executive Director with Step Change in Safety, said: “Building on the success of previous year’s events we are looking forward to this year’s Offshore Safety Awards and hope to attract the same high calibre of entrants that we’ve previously seen, from even more people and workplaces, where their efforts are having a hugely positive impact on the sector.

“This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Piper Alpha disaster and despite continued progress in safety across the sector – since that tragic night – we continue to see incidents and accidents happening across the offshore industry. That’s why the actions and behaviours of our workforce – both offshore and onshore –  are key to the prevention of accidents, and I’m looking forward to seeing what ideas and initiatives our award entrants have introduced as part of their dedication to safer working practices.”

Matt Abraham, Health, Safety and Environment Director with Oil & Gas UK, added: “As well as recognising those making a real difference to safety in our industry, the Offshore Safety Awards are a fantastic sharing and learning interactive opportunity. Our audience will be able to engage directly with finalists and learn at first-hand about the steps they are taking to improve North Sea safety. Lessons learned from our event can then be taken back to their own companies by attendees.”

The awards take place at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre on 29 August.  All entries must be submitted by 18 May with finalists being announced at the end of June.

The categories in the Offshore Safety Awards are:


For full details on the categories and how to enter, visit: www.offshoresafetyawards.com


For further information, please contact Step Change in Safety Communications Adviser Charlotte Westwell on 01224 577345 or charlotte@stepchangeinsafety.net or Oil & Gas UK Communications Adviser Lucy Buglass on 020 7802 2404 or lbuglass@oilandgasuk.co.uk