Tuesday, October 22, 2019

New HSE Conference sets sights on solving future industry challenges

SOLVING future challenges and driving improvements in health, safety and environmental practice across the UK oil and gas industry will be discussed at a major one-day conference to take place in Aberdeen next month. 

As a first for OGUK, this combined HSE Conference will explore how industry is taking health, safety and environment forward into the next decade. With the overarching theme ‘Solving Tomorrow’s Challenges, Today’, the conference will focus on the prevention of hydrocarbon releases, control of major accident hazards, emissions reduction and the mental health of the workforce on November 6 at the new P&J Live exhibition centre.

Matt Abraham, supply chain and HSE director at OGUK, commented:

“This sector is supported by hundreds of thousands of talented and highly skilled people and we have a clear duty of care to protect the workforce as they carry out their roles. HSE is at the heart of operations so that we can minimise risk and improve performance.

“Our conference will shine a spotlight on where improvements have been made and what the future looks like for everyone working in our vital industry as we move through the energy transition.

“This event brings together leading trade organisations, industry experts, and the key regulators all of whom are focussed on working together to improve safety and prevent hydrocarbon releases across the UK Continental Shelf.”

The HSE conference aims to attract in excess of 400 people and will also feature distinguished keynote speakers, including Martin Temple, chair of HSE, Ray Riddoch, managing director UK and SVP Europe and Africa at CNOOC International, and Gretchen Haskins, CEO of HeliOffshore. The event will also explore the findings of OGUK’s recent Environment and Health and Safety reports.

The opening address will be given by Deirdre Michie, CEO of OGUK, who will focus on how far the industry has come in terms of major hazard management whilst highlighting the ongoing efforts to secure a safe and sustainable future for the UK Continental Shelf.

Speakers also include Trevor Stapleton, health and safety manager at OGUK, Louise O’Hara Murray, environment manager at OGUK, Steve Rae, executive director of Step Change in Safety, Wendy Kennedy, CEO of OPRED, Janice Milne, head of national operations at SEPA, and Chris Flint, energy director at HSE.

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