Human factor named the biggest challenge in offshore safety by oil and gas professionals

Human factor named the biggest challenge in offshore safety by oil and gas professionals

According to a recent survey of offshore safety professionals conducted by Oil & Gas iQ, nearly three-quarters of survey respondents claimed there was more pressure on offshore operators regarding Health and Safety (HSE) than there had been in previous years. This is no doubt fuelled by recent oil spill disasters such as the Deepwater Horizon spill, with 11 workers killed and a further 17 injured.

The survey report is released today ahead of the 2nd annual Offshore Safety Summit, taking place 19-21 March 2012 in Aberdeen, and names problems with technology and equipment as a worry by 10.8 per cent, with a similar number saying that having the right processes in place and reacting to new legislation were their firm's biggest challenges.

At the Offshore Safety Summit 2012,leading HSE and offshore safety specialists from oil and gas companies (ConocoPhilips, Total, Technip, ENI, Saipem, Talisman Energy, Tullow Oil, Maersk Oil andStatoil) as well as regulatory bodies and advisors such as the HSE and the API, will gather to discuss key current topics including: The Step Change Initiative to reduce hydrocarbon releases by 50%, updated and best practice advice on preventing and responding to oil spills, detailed guidance on how to develop an adequate risk assessment strategy, and how to prepare for the regulatory changes on offshore safety about to be introduced by the European Commission.

The summit programme includes a strategic focus day on human factors and behavioural safety, which was highlighted in the report released today as the biggest challenge regarding offshore safety by 48.6 per cent of respondents.

As an advance preview of the topics to be debated at the event, an exclusive interview with Ian Stevenson, Group QHSE Director at Technip is also available. The interview, "Why do we always need a wake up call to get HSE right?" hones in on key risk management and risk perception concerns for all of those operating offshore.

To quote Ian, "...if HSE wasn't high profile before, it is now extremely high profile. And we're seeing that not just from a reputation perspective but all the way through to a pure technical perspective that it's caught the attention of not just major oil companies, but the entire supply chain of the oil and gas business because, clearly, everybody is affected when an incident like this happens."

To access the survey report, interview and other additional free learning resources, visit the Offshore Safety Summit Resource Centre.

Prices for the Offshore Safety Summit start from GBP 999 and group discounts are also available for colleagues and divisions. For more information or to register, see the website, call +44 (0)20 7368 9300 or email



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