On Wednesday 02 February 2011, Workforce Involvement Group (WIG) members Jake Molloy (RMT Union) and Nicky Elphinstone (Safety Representative, ESS) attended the Step Change Elected Safety Reps Network event held in Dyce, Aberdeen.
Also in attendance was Judith Hackett, Chair of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), who Nicky reported as saying “she was impressed by the high level of commitment shown by the industry’s workforce safety reps”.
Nicky added, it was very reassuring to hear Ms Hackett give commitment to there being no cutbacks to resources from the HSE in major accident hazard industries.
At the event, Jake gave a presentation entitled ‘Step Change in Safety Elected Safety Representative Network’, which included setting out the work of the WIG in trying to establish the need for additional "developmental" training.
Within his presentation, Jake pointed to the workforce survey conducted through the WIG, the outcomes of the SI 971 Inspection Project, which the WIG had proposed, the feedback from the various WIG organised events and the feedback given to the WIG by the training providers. Jake argued all the information collated and reviewed supported the need for additional training, but he also emphasised to the safety reps that the training would not be mandatory. In summary, Jake emphasised and was specific:
"our objective is to provide you (the offshore workforce) with the tools to better equip yourselves to fulfil your role as safety reps. However it will be for you, the reps and the workforce to determine whether you take up the training. In short we are giving you the means to improve your involvement; it's up to you to determine how involved you want to be."