Safety-conscious Shona scoops award

Shona Innes
Shona Innes

An Inverbervie woman has secured a winning place in a prestigious industry competition for workplace


Shona Innes (46), who is completing an MSc in health, safety and risk management at RGU, has won one of the first places of the BST University Safety Challenge 2015, securing the prize of a trip to Belgium to attend the Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) Safety in Action Conference.

Organised by global safety consulting firm BST, the BST University Safety Challenge 2015 encouraged students to debate if process safety management excellence (PSME) is achieved from technical solutions or from culture, leadership or behaviour.

By stimulating students to explore and expand their knowledge about organisational safety, the goal of the contest is to support their performance in their current and future roles.

Shona, who works as an HSE advisor at Northern Offshore UK LTD, convinced the competition’s judging panel that PSME is achieved through a combination of sound technical solutions, culture, leadership and behaviour as none of them work alone but are all needed to support each other.

She said: “I am passionate about safety, I care for others and enjoy what I do. Making a difference in someone’s life by simply doing my job is an incredible feeling.

“Technical solutions are important and invaluable tools to establish a safe environment, but they do not work if there is no safety culture, and this culture is created by the leaders.

“PSME is achievable once culture, leaders and behaviour patterns of all participants are in a symbiotic and trusting relationship.

“Communicating the organisation’s safety goals is the biggest challenge to leadership, but also the most rewarding thing a person can do – knowing their input has improved someone’s ability to perform and potentially their lifestyle. Safety at work, translates to safety everywhere. This is the ultimate goal.

“I am delighted to have won one of the first places of the BST challenge and look forward to joining the industry’s safety leaders at the Safety in Action conference later this year.”

Shona was one of three students to scoop the first place prizes on offer which includes the conference registration fee, travel and accommodation.