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Conference on HES culture

What is HES culture, and how can the authorities, the industry and employer/employee organizations involved in the petroleum activities contribute to create a good HES culture? This question is among those to be discussed during the HES Conference to be held in Stavanger on 27-28 November.


The organizers in the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate and Rogaland Research expect about 200 people to attend the conference, representing the authorities, the industry and the trade unions.

HES culture has become a key term in the work to improve safety on the Norwegian shelf. Both the new regulations that entered into force on 1 January 2002, and Storting White Paper No. 7 (2001-2002) ("The HES White Paper"), emphasize that the companies are obligated to ensure that HES culture is taken seriously.

As a consequence of this, the NPD has initiated a project aimed at HES culture in the petroleum activities. One result of this commitment is that even greater emphasis will be placed on the companies' HES culture in the NPD's supervisory activities in 2003.

The HES Conference in Stavanger is another result of the NPD's culture project. The goal of the conference is to create a common understanding of factors that create a culture, put the spotlight on key challenges the industry and the authorities are facing, as well as communicating information on ongoing and completed projects aimed at improving the companies' HES culture.

The speakers have been brought in from oil companies, the supplier industry, trade unions and research communities such as RF-Rogaland Research and Stavanger University College.

During the conference, the participants will also have the opportunity to share their experiences. On the first day of the conference, two hours have been set aside for a working seminar where the participants will be divided into groups to discuss various challenges linked to HES culture. The results of this work will be presented on the second day of the conference.

NPD Contact person: Reidar Lindeberg