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Invitation to press conference – ONS, 25 August

The Norwegian Safety Forum is holding a press conference in connection with ONS 2010. Drawn from government, unions and employers, speakers will address challenges related to the management of major accident risk in the petroleum sector.


Major accident risk – from Alexander Kielland to Deepwater Horizon – lessons learned. A tripartite perspective.

When: 12.00 on Wednesday 25 August 2010

Where: ONS press centre

 

Major accident risk – from Alexander Kielland to Deepwater Horizon – lessons learned. A tripartite perspective.

When: 12.00 on Wednesday 25 August 2010

Where: ONS press centre

Speakers:

Host: Safety Forum/PSA

The Safety Forum is the central arena for cooperation between employers and unions in the industry and the government on health, safety and environment (HSE) in petroleum activities on the Norwegian continental shelf and on land.

Background
Great safety challenges are faced in a sector where technology, methods and forms of organisation change rapidly. Major accidents and management responsibility have therefore been priority areas in recent years for both the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) and the Safety Forum as a tripartite arena.

Lessons learned from the Alexander L Kielland accident, Piper Alpha and Texas City accidents, from the blowout on the Montara field off Australia in 2008 and from the helicopter accidents in the UK and Canada in 2009 have been crucial. Major accident risk has further been highlighted by the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico this April.

How can experience from major accidents on the NCS and internationally be used to make industry activities safer? Have we learned from the past? How do industry players learn from accidents, from each other and across borders? How can the industry, the unions and the government cooperate to make sure that best practice is established through development projects, the trends in risk level surveys and other tripartite processes and projects, as well as through supervision and risk-reducing technology?

These are some of the questions the representatives from government, industry and unions will address at this press conference.
Good cooperation between government, unions and employer organisations is essential for reaching the official goal of making the Norwegian petroleum industry a world leader with HSE.

Flexible, accessible and expert fora, such as the Safety Forum, the Regulatory Forum and Working Together for Safety, are accordingly crucial. These bodies allow the parties continuously to contribute knowledge and resources to meet the risks involved in the industry. That, of course, supplements the individual responsibility of all the participants for HSE, and the regulatory activities aimed at the industry.