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Scotland’s safest employers

HEALTHY SUCCESS FOR SCOTTISH OIL AND GAS COMPANIES
Two Scottish oil and gas companies have been named among Scotland’s safest, healthiest employers at a prestigious awards ceremony. 
FMC Technologies UK Ltd’s Dunfermline facility picked up a Gold Healthy Working Lives Award in recognition of efforts to promote healthier lifestyles to employees and improve workplace safety, while a Silver Award went to Baker Oil Tools in East Kilbride.More than 80 private, public and voluntary sector organisations received Awards at ceremonies held in Carnegie Conference Centre in Dunfermline and the Crutherland House Hotel in East Kilbride in March.
The Healthy Working Lives Awards, administered by the Scottish Centre for Healthy Working Lives, encourage employers to promote a healthier workforce and cover a wide range of topics including health promotion, occupational health and safety, employability, mental health and well-being, community involvement, and health and the environment.Steve Bell, Strategic Director of the Scottish Centre for Healthy Working Lives, said: “I’d like to congratulate both FMC Technologies and Baker Oil Tools on their achievement of the Healthy Working Lives Award, which demonstrate that they have made safe and healthy working practices a key priority.
“Encouraging workplace health should never be a chore or a second thought – a healthy workforce is the key to success for organisations in all sectors. The Healthy Working Lives Award programme provides a clear framework to creating better workplaces, and our nationwide network of Advisers is always on hand to provide all the help and support organisations require to achieve the Award.”
Subsea systems manufacturer FMC Technologies received the Gold Award after introducing a range of activities to promote physical activity, including involvement in sponsored runs, badminton tournaments, and rowing events. The company has also taken part in community events including safe driving promotions, charity gala days and the creation of an on-site biodiversity site that will be used by local schools. Representatives from FMC Technologies also delivered a presentation on their approach to achieving the Gold Award at the ceremony.
David Currie, Managing Director of FMC Technologies, which employs 618 staff, said: “We’re delighted to have picked up this Gold Healthy Working Lives Award. It’s a testament to the commitment of all our staff, who have really taken the Healthy Working Lives objectives to heart and have made a big effort to work together to achieve the Award. “We’re proud that we’ve been able to make FMC Technologies an even safer, healthier place to work.”Baker Oil Tools in East Kilbride, a division of Baker Hughes which manufactures drilling and fishing tools for the oil and gas trade, received a Silver Award in recognition of efforts to tackle health issues among 147 staff. These included a blood donor event, free flu jabs from the onsite occupational health nurse, involvement in the national Cyclescheme programme to encourage employees to cycle to work, and training on vehicle safety and stress awareness.
The Scottish Centre for Healthy Working Lives was established in April 2005 and is playing a key role in helping to reduce work-related ill health by 20 per cent and days lost to ill health by 30 per cent.
The Centre’s 80 advisers are on hand to help companies achieve the Healthy Working Lives Award, which can include elements such as smoking cessation, healthy eating, physical activity and mental health promotion, as well as increasing the importance of health and safety.Organisations need to meet core criteria to achieve the three levels of Healthy Working Lives Award – Bronze, Silver and Gold – however, it is designed to be flexible so employers can select the topics most relevant to their own workforce. The Mental Health and Well-being Commendation is also available. The Award has been developed in consultation with businesses and health professionals across Scotland, and over 1000 organisations have registered for the Award to date.
For further information about the HWL Award, please contact the free national adviceline on 0800 019 2211or visit www.healthyworkinglives.com

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