The Safety 30 Conference and Exhibition was held in Aberdeen to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Piper Alpha disaster. The event gave the industry the opportunity not only to reflect upon improvements in HSE practices and to make sure that safety lessons learned are being implemented, but also to discuss the major challenges of today. Among others, presentations were made by Lord Cullen, Chairman of the Piper Alpha Public Inquiry, Deirdre Michie, CEO of Oil & Gas UK, Paul Wheelhouse MSP, Minster for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands, and Phil Kirk, CEO of Chrysaor.ere. The key points they made are listed below:
Lord Cullen, Chairman of the Piper Alpha Public Inquiry
Deirdre Michie – CEO, Oil & Gas UK
Paul Wheelhouse MSP – Minster for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands
Phil Kirk – CEO, Chrysaor
To sum up, over the years a lot has been done to improve HSE knowledge and practice in the offshore oil and gas industry. Statistics show that the number of incidents offshore is decreasing and many of the lessons from past mistakes have been learned. Nevertheless, one common theme that speakers addressed is the remaining need for companies to have an open, inquisitive and inclusive safety culture that is continually vigilant.
Encompass ICOE’s HSE eCompendium does not have all the answers, but it helps address this challenge by providing material that stimulates discussion and education, both essential parts of such a safety culture.
The interdisciplinary nature of this resource aims to break down silo thinking, improve company-wide HSE understanding and facilitate the sharing of knowledge across the industry. Professionals from all companies and all company levels are welcome to contribute with new articles and fresh ideas in following editions of the eCompendium for a safer tomorrow.
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