Training specialist launches offshore health programme to tackle workforce obesity


Caroline Hughes, Director, Imorph
Caroline Hughes, Director, Imorph

Imorph – an Aberdeen-based specialist training provider – has launched a new programme aimed at tackling the issues behind the growing problem of obesity facing the offshore industry.

Earlier this month, researchers at Robert Gordon University revealed that North Sea oil workers are almost 20% bigger, broader and heavier than they were in the 1980s. (Scottish Energy News – 13 March: )

The Step Change HSSG (Helicopter Safety Steering Group) recognises that whilst this issue is not exclusive to the offshore industry,  the sector does have a duty to ensure it sets workers up to succeed in the offshore environment, with health and well-being as crucial factors.

It is clear that whilst operators are aware of this issue and do work to ensure that nutrition programmes based on low calorie and low fat eating are available offshore, statistics and recent news suggest that – as with most weight reducing measures – these measures just aren’t working.

Addressing the full spectrum of challenges associated with changes to diet and lifestyle, the Gloe programme aims to improve both the health and consequent work output of offshore personnel – whatever their size – by creating a sustainable health programme, developed by imorph’s behavioural change experts, in conjunction with nutrition consultant Dr Chris Fenn.

Caroline Hughes, Director, Imorph, said: “Gloe is the first course truly aimed at creating a more energised, more productive and generally healthier workforce, which brings almost immediate health and cost benefits to the companies who undertake the training.

Male offshore oil and gas workers are now on average almost 19% heavier and 2% taller than they were in the mid-1980s.
Male offshore oil and gas workers are now on average almost 19% heavier and 2% taller than they were in the mid-1980s.

“It’s not just about weight loss, and it’s definitely not a lecture. It’s about practical adjustments to existing routines, and in an industry so driven by routine, those changes are almost impossible to sustain without the knowledge and behavioural change support Gloe offers.

At this crucial time for the oil and gas industry, a healthy work force performing at its optimum level is one of its greatest assets.”




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