Posted on November 07, 2014

The three-day 10th Annual HSE Forum on Energy, organised by Fleming Gulf, came to a close on Wednesday, 5 November 2014, following the conclusion of its Interactive Post-Conference Workshops held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Doha, Qatar. Prior to that, Soren Risgaard Jeppesen, Senior Director Head of HSSE at Maersk Drilling called on HSE practitioners in the energy industry to change its focus away from low consequence and high frequency to high consequence and low frequency and that to do so requires the adoption of a unified approach.

“We need to set new standards for business performance, environmental responsibility, safety and security in all areas where we operate,” Jeppesen said during his presentation on ‘Challenging Industry Praxis and Changing the Safety Philosophy – Can it be done?’ as part of the Process Safety track on the second day of the Forum. “The road to setting a new and improved agenda is not a simple task and it will take time. We need to start now.”

Covering essential concerns on the third and last day of the event, the two well-attended workshop sessions tackled the topics of ‘Process Safety for Oil, Gas & Petrochemical Industry’ and ‘Best Practice in end to end Root Cause Analysis and More Generic Investigations’. Prior to this, day two of the main track of the Forum saw Dr. Luay Badran, Lead Medical Officer of Qatar Petroleum talk about ‘Fitness to work risk based approached’, followed by Dr. Frano Mika, Chief Medical Officer of Saipem, who delivered a presentation on ‘Staying Prepared in Poorly Accessible Areas’.

Before the resumption of the double-tracked Forum, a highly informative panel discussion on ‘Holistic look at OH – Taking a Full Circle from Physical to the Psychosocial Health’, was participated in by Dr. Nigel J Shanks, Medical Services Manager of RasGas; Dr. Osama Ibrahim, Chief Medical Officer of Qatargas; Dr. Frano Mika, Chief Medical Officer of Saipem; Susanne Schunder-Tatzber, Head of Health Management at OMV; and Dr. Salwan Ibrahim, Medical Director of Medical Services - Middle East at International SOS,.

The two-track Forum on the second day was then divided into the main topics of ‘Employee Wellness & Welfare’, ‘Process Safety’, ‘Environment & Sustainability’, and ‘Hazard Handlers: Codifying Best Practices’. “Clearly, the high-calibre lineup of speakers from the region and across the world facilitated another successful edition of the annual HSE Forum on Energy,” said Ranjith Paul, Managing Director, Fleming Gulf. “The resulting interaction between these speakers and participants was indeed profoundly productive.

“They all brought to fore the need to reinvent the DNA of HSE, specifically in the energy sector, in order to meet the needs and requirements of an ever-changing landscape of health, safety and environment concerns,” he added. “With that, we wish to thank all the speakers, participants and sponsors who all made this 10th anniversary edition extremely rich in substance and a resounding success. Taking into account all the resulting in-depth recommendations from the Forum, we look forward to continuing to facilitate discussions that would lead to the creation of new policies, regulations, standards and measures in HSE aimed at better protecting life, property and the environment in the energy sector.”

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The 10th Annual HSE Forum in Energy was endorsed and supported by international HSE bodies such as 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.

It also received support from 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.

The Forum’s exhibitors included medgate, Workrite Uniform, KeyPeople, JMS, ASSE and ASSE Kuwait. Raffle draw sponsors were Intercontinental Doha The City, Workrite Uniform, JMS and ASSE. Media partners for the event included 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.

Under the main theme of ‘Reinventing HSE DNA’, the Forum 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. It featured over 40 speakers and 30 sessions, which provided a rich selection of industry-leading education and debate.