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  • SPE HSSE-SR: Learning from oil and gas and other sectors for a sustainable future

    The global oil and gas industry gathers a large amount of data on HSE incidents, which is shared both within companies and amongst peers. Despite this, similar types of incidents occur again and again – why? Next month’s SPE International Conference and Exhibition on Health, Safety, Security, Environment, and Social Responsibility (HSSE-SR) will be an excellent opportunity for oil and gas professionals to hear HSE best practice in other industry sectors, and discuss how this can be applied in the oil and gas industry. HSSE-SR, to be held at the Stavanger Forum in Norway from 11 to 13 April 2016, will take place under the theme ‘Sustaining Our Future Through Innovation and Collaboration’. This year’s event will include a number of presentations from other relevant sectors and stakeholders, aimed at reaching beyond the oil and gas industry. The airline industry, for example, has well-developed processes for sharing and learning from their incidents and near misses. At HSSE-SR, attendees will hear about these processes from airline industry experts. This will be followed by a discussion on how these processes can be applied in the oil and gas industry, in order that it better learns from past incidents and establishes a culture of learning that runs from top to bottom within companies. Session Chair Claudine Gorman, SSH&E Manager at ExxonMobil said, "I have tremendous respect for the improvements that the airline industry has made in their safety performance, and am excited about the opportunity to learn from their experiences. I think that their ability to connect with their people has facilitated their ability to truly learn from their incidents and near misses". Robert Schroeder, Check-Captain/Flight Safety Specialist, Lufthansa is more succinct, “In the words of Antoine de Saint-Exupery ‘there is only one true joy: interacting with people’”. HSSE-SR is expected to draw a wide range of delegates to share new ideas, process improvements, technological advances and innovative applications to enhance HSE performance. As well as plenary and panel sessions, there will be a multi-stream technical programme, which will include oral and Knowledge Sharing ePosters. Attendees will also have the opportunity to visit more than 20 exhibitors, who will be demonstrating the latest solutions to HSE challenges facing stakeholders in oil and gas exploration and production, as well as attend a variety of networking events, which will be an opportunity to share experiences with peers and build fruitful relationships with stakeholders. HSSE-SR will be hosted by Statoil, Platinum Sponsors are Baker Hughes, ExxonMobil and Shell, and ERM is the Gold Sponsor. The event is endorsed by the International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC) and International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (IOGP).

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