Posted on November 04, 2014

The 10th Annual HSE Forum on Energy, organised by Fleming Gulf, successfully opened on Monday, 3 November 2014, at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Doha, Qatar, as industry experts and stakeholders in the specialised field of HSE began discussions on how to better protect life, property and the environment amid the drastic changes that have occurred in the daily operations of companies within the energy sector.

Under the main theme ‘Reinventing HSE DNA’, the first of the three-day event, which includes a full day of two interactive workshops on the third day, Wednesday, 5 November 2014, was highlighted by the opening remarks of the Forum’s Chairman Mike Neill, President of Petrotechnics USA, and a keynote speech by Sir Bill Callaghan, Chairman of the National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH) on ‘Ensuring Safety in the Energy and Major Hazard Industries: Developing an effective regulatory regime, the criticality of leadership and learning’.

This was followed by a Plenary Session on the ‘Vital C’s of HSE DNA: Commitment, Communication & Compliance’ participated in by a high profile line-up of speakers that included: Mike Neill as Moderator; Brett Doherty, Chief HSE & Q Officer of RasGas; Derik Roosendans, Deputy Senior Vice President HSE of TOTAL Refining & Petrochemicals; Patricia M. Ennis, President for 2014-2015 of ASSE; and Ken Robertson, VP Technical & HSE of Centrica Exploration & Production and Co-Chair of Step Change in Safety UK. On the first day, the double-tracked conference, which featured several topics on Human Organisational Factors and Process Safety, also got under way.

Cost of occupational accidents and 2 [].jpgAmong the topics discussed in Track A (Human Organisational Factors) included ‘Making Behaviour Change Happen in Health and Safety’ by Dr Jennifer Lunt, Principal Psychologist – Human Sciences Unit of HSL; ‘Addressing Human and Organizational Factors in Major Accident Prevention’ by Dirk Roosendans, Head of Department Technological Risks at TOTAL Refining & Chemicals; ‘Risk Assessment (RA) for Human Safety and Environment’ by Dr. Antonio Conto, CEO of Chemsafe, one of the Forum’s Gold Sponsors; and ‘Managing contractors through effective Ergonomics’ by Hassanein Al-Sherifi, Head of Human Factor Engineering at Technip.

On the one hand, Track B (Process Safety) touched upon topics such as ‘Process Safety from Theory into Practice’ by Kevin Bridges, Vice President of IOSH; ‘Driving Continuous Improvement in Process Safety Management – A Case Study from Centrica’ by Gus Carroll, Group Head of Process Safety at Centrica Exploration & Production; ‘Uncertain Environments – Unexpected Events: Strategies for Design Safety’ by Howard Thompson, Head of Engineering Governance and Assurance, and Chief Technical Safety Engineer at AMEC; and ‘People Vs Processes’ by Jim Land, CEO of Cresent, also one of the event’s Gold Sponsors.

During his presentation, Mr. Bridges gave a global perspective of the safety situation in the workplace. According to him, 2.3 million people were killed by workplace accidents and diseases per year; there were 337 million workplace accidents recorded; 160 million people were affected by occupational disease and that the cost of occupational accidents and diseases is almost equivalent to four per cent of the world’s GDP. He therefore described the essential elements of Process Safety that can help reduce or even prevent such eventualities. These include the encouragement of a good safety culture, ensuring that employees are competent, being proactive in balancing risks with costs, and aiming for good productivity with zero accidents.

On the other hand, Mr. Carroll’s presentation focused on Centrica’s vision for Process Safety Management (PSM). This included discussions on the company’s risk, control & assurance framework; current position; its emerging approach which includes its conduct of operations and operational discipline; and key learning and forward action plan. The main track of the Forum then resumed on the second half of the day and included presentations on ‘A Leadership Challenge and Strategic Opportunity’ by Simon Axup, Director of Consulting EMEA at BST; ‘Reputation Risk Management: Understanding What is at Stake When Things Go Wrong’ by Ms. Ennis; ‘Management of Surface Risks in the Oil and Gas Business’ by Sandra Stash, Group Vice President of Safety, Sustainability and External Affair at Tullow Oil; and ‘Step Change in Safety – Its Role in Establishing a Proactive Safety Culture in the UK Oil and Gas Industry’ by Mr. Robertson.

During her presentation, Ms. Ennis offered her expert advice in terms of managing reputation risks. According to her, some of the important steps in preparing for a potential crises are to assess organizational risk, set communication objectives for potential crises and create a formal plan. She described that in assessing organization risk, one must look at people, the market, financial, strategic and operational risks. In between, there should be risk monitoring and reporting, treatment and controlling, awareness and culture, risk and opportunity identification, and risk assessment and quantification. She further added that the communication objectives must include defining the problem, centralizing communications, communicating early and often, getting inside the media’s head, and communicating directly with affected constituencies. On the other hand, to create a plan, one must identify the Communications Team, train the team, identify stakeholders, test and evaluate the plan.

The first day of the event then ended with a closing remarks from Mike Neill. “The opening day of the 10th Annual HSE Forum in Energy was characterised by the most authoritative presentations and interactive discussions,” said Ranjith Paul, Managing Director, Fleming Gulf. “The initial presentations certainly laid the foundation for further discussions on the subject, which are all aimed at reinventing HSE’s DNA, in accordance with the changes and alterations that have occurred within the energy sector as a result of technological advancements, discovery and development of new sources, and the upsurge in the global demand for energy. “Judging from the quality of discussions in just the first day of the Forum, we are extremely excited about the positive inputs that the entire the Forum will bring to all participants,” he added.

Cost of occupational accidents and 3 [].jpgThe 10th Annual HSE Forum in Energy has the backing and support of international HSE bodies and regulators, as well as the partnership and sponsorship of major business organisations, this year’s edition will feature highly charged presentations and discussions from a powerhouse lineup of expert resource persons. The conference supported exhibition event is focused on Typical HSE Ingredients and Characteristics, Key Focus in Front Line Leadership, Process Safety as a Pathway to Sustainable Future, Preparing for the Unexpected-Planning for the Future, Optimising Corporate social Responsibility Through Responsible Environment Assessment System, and Learn How to Run a ‘Healthy’ Business.

With the endorsement of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), the British Safety Council, Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), The Chartered Society for Worker Health Protection (BOHS), the National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH) and others, this year’s list of distinguished expert resource persons at the Forum also include Dr. Osama Ibrahim, Chief Medical Officer of Qatargas; Dr. Pol Hoorelbeke, Deputy Senior Vice President for HSE at TOTAL Refining & Chemicals; Jim Land, CEO of Cresent; and Kevin Bridges, Vice President of IOSH.

This Forum is being supported by Petrotechnics, the event’s Strategic Partner; Chemsafe and Cresent as Gold Sponsors; Ras Laffan Emergency and Safety College (RLESC) as Silver Sponsor; BST as the event’s Official Behavioural Safety Partner; HSS Engineering as the event’s Emergency Management Partner; Marine Assets Corporation (MAC) Offshore as Networking Sponsor; International SOS as Associate Sponsor; Vigilas as Incident Investigation Partner; Safe Journey & Solutions as Bronze Sponsor; Enablon as Visiting Partner; CGE as Risk Management Partner; and Kinetic Event Logistics as Official Freight Partner.

Exhibitors include medgate, Workrite Uniform, KeyPeople, JMS, ASSE and ASSE Kuwait. The raffle draw sponsors include Intercontinental Doha The City, Workrite Uniform, JMS and ASSE. Media partners for the event include Business Islamica, Capital Business DEW, EcoSeed, Energy & Powerhub, InterfaX’S Global Gas Analytics, Gulf Oil & Gas, haradex, HSE Express, hsme, Interfax’s Natural Gas Daily, Oxford Business Group (OBG), Quick Petroleum services & Recruitment, WE Magazine, Why Qatar magazine, Africa, the edge,, and Worldoils.