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Meeting venue for HSE during ONS

Serious accidents have happened and is still happening in the petroleum industry. Today it is 20 years since 167 people lost their lives in the Piper Alpha fire on the British shelf. And 28 years have passed since the Alexander L Kielland disaster claimed 123 lives on the Norwegian shelf. Has the industry learned their lesson from these tragedies? Or are they lost in the mists of time, leaving us with no sense of history?


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The accidents are a part of the industry’s common platform. Everyone can help make sure that such disasters do not happen again. This is one of the approaches taken by the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) and ONS when they again organise an HSE lunch during the ONS exhibition 2008 in Stavanger. The event constitutes a meeting venue where people in the industry come from across the globe to exchange views and experiences on HSE related challenges. 

Respected speaker
The responsibility for ensuring that HSE standards are maintained lies with managers and employees alike. During this year’s HSE lunch the Canadian trade union leader Brian Kohler will talk about what employees can do to improve safety. Mr. Kohler is a respected and award-winning employee representative with personal experience from the chemical industry. He was educated at Simon Fraser University, University of Waterloo and Labour College of Canada.

Kohler’s experiences and knowledge are highly relevant in connection with the current debate on safety in the petroleum industry. Managers at all levels of the industry, employee representatives and employees will have something to learn from hearing his points of view.

At the lunch, Director General Magne Ognedal of the PSA will discuss relevant issues relating to the HSE work in Norway – in the light of the current demanding and hectic situation in the industry.

Popular entertainer
The lunch is set up to give participants a social break from the ONS programme – and as a meeting ground for HSE interested employees from our extended, international family. The acclaimed singer Britt-Synnøve Johansen is on the programme this year, too. She is one of the most acclaimed vocal artists in Norway, not least because of her interpretations of Edith Piaf’s music and her roles in Les Miserables and Carmen. 

The PSA award
To round off the HSE lunch, the PSA will present its HSE award. This award is given to a person or organisation that has made an outstanding effort to improve safety in the Norwegian petroleum industry.