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Engagement ‘Key’ For Offshore Health And Safety

Posted: 27/06/2017

If you want your offshore workforce to follow the health and safety rules you put in place, including any emergency response plans, you need to make sure they are fully engaged.

That is according to Shane Gorman, who is a Workforce Engagement Coordinator at Step Change in Safety, a member-led organisation. He was speaking at an event arranged by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health’s (IOSH’s) Offshore Group.

He explained that when workers feel engaged they are much more likely to feel compelled to draw attention to unsafe situations, helping to keep both them and their colleagues safe while working offshore.

Mr Gorman went on to say that engagement isn’t just about all the facts and information being delivered to members of the team, but about encouraging workers to talk to one another about safety in an informal way, and encouraging open discussions about potential hazards.

“It’s building confidence, empowering individuals and driving safety messages through intervention,” he asserted.

Simon Hatson, Chair of the IOSH Offshore Group, agreed with this sentiment, adding that the offshore sector is “very hazardous”.

“It is critical, therefore, that workforces are engaged in the development and maintenance of the health and safety systems,” Mr Hatson commented.

Research released recently found that 65 per cent of workers in companies with five or more employees claimed not to have received appropriate health and safety guidance when starting in their role.

What’s more, of those who did receive information, 27 per cent believed it needed to be better explained, the respondents to the survey for WorkMobile revealed.