The deadline for nominations for this year’s Offshore Safety Awards, jointly organised by Step Change in Safety and OEUK and supported by principal sponsor Harbour Energy, is fast approaching. Organisations and individuals are encouraged to waste no time in submitting their nominations. The awards have become an integral part of Step Change in Safety’s annual safety event, which this year will be focussed on ‘Positively Influencing Safety’. This prestigious and much anticipated event will be held at Aberdeen’s iconic Beach Ballroom on Tuesday 4th July. Award nominations close at midday this Friday (5th May 2023).

The aim of the Offshore Safety Awards is to acknowledge, showcase and recognise the outstanding contribution that individuals, teams, and organisations make to improve safety at their worksites and across the wider industry.

The awards and ‘Positively Influencing Safety’ event have been scheduled to coincide with the week of the 35th anniversary of the Piper Alpha disaster, in order to bring the offshore industry together to engage, inspire and most importantly act, as they remember those that lost their lives on the 6th July 1988.

Event attendees will have the opportunity to engage with the Offshore Safety Awards category finalists prior to casting their votes for this year’s safety champions.

This year’s award categories are:

  • Maritime Safety
  • Operational Integrity – sponsored by CNOOC International
  • Safety Rep of the Year – sponsored by OPITO
  • Sharing and Learning – sponsored by Spirit Energy
  • Welfare and Wellbeing
  • Workforce Engagement

Steve Rae, Executive Director of Step Change in Safety, says, “The OSA’s provide the perfect platform for individuals, teams and organisations to showcase their ingenuity and commitment to improving health and safety in the offshore sector, and for their peers to recognise them for their contribution.

“Every year the standard and number of nominees we receive exceed expectations and reaffirms the offshore industry’s commitment to safety and its people. We look forward to welcoming all the finalists and hearing their inspiring nominations.”

Mark Wilson, OEUK’s HSE & Operations Director, says, “Our industry continues to be met by different challenges but above all else our daily focus is on making the North Sea as safe as it can be for everyone working in our sector. There’s been some excellent work undertaken by people both onshore and offshore to help us maintain high standards of safety performance and we’re keen to encourage more nominations to ensure that achieves wider recognition.

Award nominations will close at midday on Friday, May 5, 2023. To find out more and submit your nomination, visit

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