Working towards a goal

Jonny Smith is a 26 year old HSEQ operations manager for Independent Oilfield Services.


I usually wake up at around 6.45am to get showered and ready to leave for work. I try to do this as quietly as possible so that I do not wake my 15-month-old daughter Aaliyah, but if I am honest I sometimes ‘accidently’ make a bit of noise so that I can have a little play with her before work which is a great start to my day.

I have a fairly strict food plan, consisting of seven meals a day, which starts with a protein shake and a banana in the car on the way to work. When I arrive at work I check my e-mails first thing and liaise with our yard manager to discuss the operations taking place that day and if there are any specific tasks that need extra attention such as contractors on site, visitors or any unusual movements in the yard.

For anything like this, we will ensure there is an adequate risk assessment and that it is covered in toolbox talks. Most mornings I will do site tours to make sure everything is running smoothly and that our policies and procedures are being adhered to.

Jonny Smith

In between these tasks I have my breakfast, which is usually porridge and six egg whites.


At lunchtime I escape the office and go to a local gym. I think it is important to have a break from work and concentrate on something else for a while.

I do weight training five times a week and will have two servings of chicken, veg and rice for my lunch. During my lunch break I will always have my phone in case there is an emergency situation at work that I need to be aware of or attend to.


My days vary on a day-to-day basis. There are a lot of meetings with customers that I need to attend and promote the company’s proactive attitude towards health and safety. It is important to customers to see our H&S statistics.

I also regularly hold H&S safety meetings with our staff, as it is important that employees are also kept up-to-date with current projects – communication is a key part of my job.

My main role at the company is to ensure all staff work safely and leave at the end of the day in fit health so they can go home to their families. Our industry is quite a dangerous one so keeping on top of safe activities is key.

I regularly need to log H&S statistics, which can be reviewed and then improved on. I have played a large part in helping IOS achieve its ISO 9001 and OHSAS 18001 certifications and the company is soon to achieve its third – ISO 14001, the environmental management system standard.

We are very conscious of reducing our environmental impact on the yard, as all of us are tasked with identifying and managing environmental risks as part of our daily operations.

Jonny Smith at Cove Rangers


I try to finish work at 4.30pm, and two days a week I go straight to football training for Cove Rangers FC. A lot of the time we have midweek games and I will have to go straight to the matches and not return home until close to midnight.

I love my football and it is a great way to take my mind off the stresses of work. It is also a great feeling for me when I achieve goals both on the pitch and at work – I think it’s important to put 100% into everything you do.

When I haven’t got football I try to relax and spend time with my family in the evening, however this usually results in me watching Disney films and running around playing with my daughter. Even at night, I am still on call for IOS – we have staff working overtime and it is important they can contact me if they need to.

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