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27/04/2022 News

A collective effort: TotalEnergies UK marks World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2022

28 April marks World Day for Safety and Health at Work designed to raise awareness and drive prevention of work-related accidents and injuries around the globe. The International Labour Organisation summarises the focus for World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2022 as enhancing ‘social dialogue towards a culture of safety and health’ – an idea that is very close to our hearts at TotalEnergies UK.

Safety is always at the core of how we operate at TotalEnergies. It is key to how we approach our own operations and the way we work with customers, offering training and expertise to help ensure everyone is in the safest and most productive workplace possible. 

To promote this dialogue, TotalEnergies will host a series of talks, meetings, workshops and demos across all of our key UK sites this week around health and safety at work.

Our Golden Rules


This year we have also reviewed our Golden Rules for health and safety at work to make sure they reflect the personal commitment each and every one of us makes towards a safer workplace every day. This is not about ticking boxes. The real spirit of the Golden Rules is everyone doing the right thing every day, taking responsibility for ourselves and our colleagues.

Our Golden Rules cover the full range of situations we might encounter in our work, from daily traffic safety to understanding the full risks and procedures behind non-routine or especially complex tasks. They fall into several key categories:

  • Having the right permits for different jobs – and knowing when to seek new permits as situations evolve
  • Wearing the right protective equipment, from harnesses when working at height to daily PPE
  • Handling tools and equipment safely, always inspecting it before use and following proper instructions
  • Securing dangerous sites, from lifting operations to excavation areas
  • Keeping ourselves and others out of the line of fire

This Friday 29 April, everyone will have the chance to discuss the updated Golden Rules with their teams and consider just how they can be embedded into every action we undertake on every working day.

Open dialogue for the strongest health and safety culture

Everyone at TotalEnergies is responsible for preventing accidents and other health incidents at work. In the wake of Covid-19, we are all particularly conscious of the need to work together to protect ourselves, our colleagues and our friends – and this is the attitude we bring to every aspect of the job.

Our focus on health and safety is just as strong every day of the year as it is on 28 April. A safe work culture can only flourish if everyone is empowered to play their part. This is why we have the Stop Card in place, an initiative that gives any employee authority to stop ongoing work if they have a safety concern. Noone should feel intimidated about asking questions around safety or even stopping a job in progress if they spot a hazard.

Safety is more than a priority for us at TotalEnergies. It is the foundation of our strategy and the basis for our operations. Our goal is zero fatal accidents – and we owe it to ourselves and our stakeholders to make that a reality.  

Martin McWilliam, HSEQ Manager, TotalEnergies UK


Health and Safety is at the forefront of everything we do. It is also a daily challenge which requires everyone’s commitment, awareness and understanding. World Day for Safety and Health at Work is a perfect moment to reflect on what we do well, and what improvements we can make to do even better. Our Golden Rules are central to this dedication to continual improvement, and by relaunching them this week we aim to make it clearer and easier for every individual in our business to know what they should be doing to take responsibility for their own safety and that of others. Health and safety is a priority we all share, and I look forward to speaking to and working with our teams across the country as we roll this out together in the coming days and as part of own World Day for Safety programme of activities”.