OGUK puts out call for safety awards entries

Mick Borwell, OGUK
Mick Borwell, OGUK

Oil and Gas UK (OGUK) has sounded the call for nominations as it prepares to celebrate the champions of North Sea safety.

The Offshore Safety Awards recognises the people and companies striving to make the UK continental shelf as safe as possible.

This year’s event − organised by OGUK and Step Change in Safety with Maersk Oil as principal sponsor − will take place at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre on August 23.

The six categories for this year’s awards are safety leadership, safety representative of the year, innovation in safety, workforce engagement, operational Integrity and sharing and learning.

All entries must be submitted by May 26 with the finalists being announced at the end of June.

Mick Borwell, health, safety and environment policy director at OGUK, said: “All the winners and finalists in 2016 were extremely worthy and demonstrated high standards and excellent work in promoting safety in their own workplace and across the industry.

“We look forward to seeing this year’s entries and hope to attract even more people and workplaces where their efforts are having a positive impact on the sector.”

Les Linklater, executive director at Step Change, said: “The offshore and onshore workforce is key to the prevention of major accidents and we should celebrate their hard work and dedication to safety – that’s what is at the heart of Offshore Safety Awards.

“The ceremony also gives the industry an opportunity to share and learn from one another, while also honouring and recognising the important people who play their part in continually improving our safety performance.

“Last year’s award ceremony was well received and we look forward to hosting the next one in August.”