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May 3, 2018

Sweeping changes made to offshore safety over the years will be discussed at a major conference taking place in Aberdeen three decades on from the Piper Alpha disaster.

Views on how things were, how they are now and how they might change in the future will be shared by a former offshore installation manager, a union official and an HSE inspector in one of the plenary sessions at Safety 30 – organised by Oil & Gas UK and the International Regulators’ Forum with Step Change in Safety as principal sponsor.

The technical programme of the June 5 and 6 event is built around three main themes and features sessions on issues as diverse as non-technical skills training and implementation in the ‘people’ stream,  digital technology in the ‘plant’ strand and learning lessons from past tragedies in the ‘process’ topic area.

The value regulators bring to the overall safety of the offshore industry will also be discussed by a panel that includes representation from the UK Health and Safety Executive, the Petroleum Safety Authority of Norway and the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environment Management Authority from Australia.

Deirdre Michie, Chief Executive of Oil & Gas UK, said:

“The conference is an opportunity to reflect on just how far we’ve come since the tragedy of Piper Alpha. It will tackle some of the big issues confronting our industry as we maintain the relentless focus on safe operations that has become a defining feature of the UK offshore oil and gas sector. The event offers an opportunity to reflect on past learning and improvements, but more importantly, to build on our continuing safety improvement efforts.”

Chris Flint, HSE’s Director Energy Division, added:

“The organising committee of the Safety 30 Conference have put together a varied and stimulating agenda with insightful speakers for all the plenary and parallel sessions. The conference provides a great opportunity to further improve safety in the offshore oil and gas sector by learning from each of the sessions which are themed around people, plant and process which we know are key to good process safety management. Safety 30 will also provide a fantastic opportunity to meet and engage with offshore regulators from around the world who are also presenting.”

The conference – taking place at Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre – should be of interest to anyone working offshore with a focus on the safe management of people, plant and process. Book your place here.

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Notes to Editors:

Media are welcome to attend the conference. To arrange, contact Communications Manager Jennifer Phillips on  [email protected] / 01224 577279.