New control of work coaching service by Cresent aims to reduce health and safety incidents in O & G industry

International health and safety specialist Cresent has brought together a pool of industry experts to launch a new coaching and mentoring service, further strengthening its Control of Work offering.


The Aberdeen-based firm, which specialises in delivering Control of Work solutions to the energy industry, anticipates that the service will help drive business growth over the next three to five years.

The service involves Cresent coaches working with clients on site to help them achieve best practice in their health and safety operations. The team coaches and mentors personnel to ensure they are following processes and procedures, as well as recognising operational practices and health and safety requirements.

Although coaching and mentoring is a stand-alone service, it also supplements Cresent’s existing suite of products based around its flagship Control of Work system, WorkSafe®. The portfolio includes both paper-based and electronic operating systems, consultancy, e-learning, classroom-based courses, and train-the-trainer sessions.

Cresent Control of Work specialist Alex Brodie explains, “While training courses give people an awareness of the subject, coaching and mentoring underpins that knowledge and provides advice and expertise to implement Control of Work on site.

“We work directly with operations teams to give them an understanding of Control of Work processes and practices and help them disseminate that information across the team. The overall aim is to reduce the number of incidents and accidents within the industry, and to minimise the impact if an incident or accident does occur.

“It can take anything from one to three years for Control of Work coaching to be effective, but that is also dependent on the maturity of the project and the level of previous exposure personnel have had to Control of Work and health and safety principles.”

Control of Work coaches are a relatively new addition to the oil and gas industry and most – like those employed by Cresent to deliver programmes at a range of global locations – come from either an operations or health and safety technical background.

Cresent’s current pool of coaches is expected to expand as demand for the service grows. The firm anticipates that the trend for joint ventures between established operators and those in emerging markets will also be a factor in future expansion.

Cresent is one of the largest Control of Work providers in the Middle East, and Mr Brodie is currently operating in southern Iraq where he is delivering coaching at one of the largest oil fields in the world on behalf of a global oil major.

He explains, “The oil and gas sector has always been an international one, but with so many joint ventures now operating around the world, it is truly a global industry. Many companies are now involved in projects in developing nations, and it is critical for organisations to up skill personnel in the delivery of operational targets and in their health and safety performance.

“There is no question that Cresent’s new Control of Work coaching offering will drive the business forward. Operators are well aware of the importance of tasks being carried out in a planned, safe and efficient manner, and organisations such as Cresent that can demonstrate highly qualified coaches along with a robust Control of Work System will be looked upon favourably.”

Launched in 2009, WorkSafe®, a complete Control of Work System, is credited with enabling companies to make significant safety improvements within their facilities while reducing operating costs and eliminating unnecessary, time-consuming paperwork.

Cresent was founded in 1982 and is headquartered in Aberdeen with a further office in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. It is an international service company offering safety consultancy, training, e-learning and a range of safety products. For more information, visit