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Working Towards Holistic Risk Management in Oil and Gas Industry

17 – 18 March 2014

Abu Dhabi, UAE | Park Hyatt

Technical Agenda

Session 1: Organisational Self-Awareness to Drive Risk Management

Session Chairs: Gareth Roberts, Environmental Resources Management; Hassan Al Sabiri, ADMA-OPCO; Ishaq Soliman, ADMA-OPCO

The first step in effective HSE risk management for an organisation is to recognise and understand the hazards that it needs to manage. In the same way that HSE risk management requires the identification of 'base-level' hazards, organisations should look at their systems and its implementation along with corporate culture to identify organisational factors that affect risk management performance (positively and negatively). The self-awareness required to achieve this should be present through all levels of an organisation and should recognise the potential for organisational blindness based on individual values or collective culture.

This session will allow us to share and explore innovations and fresh thinking that allow unbiased organisational self-awareness that can underpin real improvements in the management of HSE hazards.

Session 2: Simultaneous Operational (SIMOPS)

Session Chairs: Abdalla Al Naqbi, ADMA-OPCO; Sergey Peresypkin, Baker Hughes

Simultaneous operations (SIMOP’s) have strong implications on the projects HSE performance; they can either lead to the prompt completion of the project or in some cases cause a setback, delay, or even loss to the project. We have learnt that the risk levels involved in carrying out SIMOP’s from the planning to completion stage can be reduced through proper planning, communication and supervision. This part of the workshop session intends to review and share ‘best practice’ from this region.

Session 3: The Contribution of Human Factors Towards Risk Management

Session Chairs: Ali R. Al Marri, Saudi Aramco; Clarence Rodrigues, The Petroleum Institute; Mohammad Aref, Weatherford

It would not be possible to design technological systems to eliminate all human errors during operation because people are involved in: specifying, designing, implementing, installing, commissioning, and maintaining systems as well as operating them. Thus, it will be necessary to focus on behaviour and methods of working during all phases of the lifecycle so as to remove or reduce opportunities for human error. Addressing human error in a systematic way has become a priority, because the current error occurrence and consequence rates have the potential to become limiting factors to further improvements in operational safety and organisational risk management. Hence, apart from considering training, automation, computerised aids and design aspects to reduce human errors, other contributing factors must also be looked into through ergonomics. Human factors are major contributors in organisational risk management, therefore during this workshop session we will try to answer following:

  • How do we ensure that we have the right information and knowledge to control the human errors that contribute to operations risk?
  • Does the risk analysis assist in getting the overall human factors leading to inherent safe design
    with respect to control of major accident scenarios?

Session 4: Occupational Health Risk Management

Session Chairs: Abdalla Al Naqbi, ADMA-OPCO; Ishaq Soliman, ADMA-OPCO; Nawal Al-Qubaisi, ADMA-OPCO

Occupational health risk management is an integral component of HSE and responsible for ensuring that all elements of health risks at the work place are identified, assessed, and mitigated. There is a prevailing misconception in the oil and gas sector that hazards associated with the sector are limited to fire and explosion or seriously environmental disasters. It is critical to educate the personnel in the potential impact of occupational health hazards such as food poisoning, indoor air quality, etc. which could result in multiple serious injuries or even fatalities. The impact of an occupational disaster can be just as serious and detrimental to operations and production as fire and explosion or environmental disaster. A holistic approach is required to ensure that potential occupational hazards are evaluated for all possible impact; direct or indirect on the organisation and suitable measures are employed to prevent and create awareness. SPE invites our esteemed participants to share with us their approach to occupational health and how they are ensuring it is given its due importance and managed within their respective organisation. In the recent years, we have been faced with various emerging pandemic threats; such as Avian Flu, Swine Flu, and Coxsackie Virus Pandemic. It is important to ensure that risk assessments and other discussions are attended by professional with occupational health expertise or knowledge of subject matter. Occupational health is a diverse subject and requires a multi-disciplinary team that can manage issues arising from diseases, industrial hygiene, etc. What do we expect to discuss and highlight in this workshop:

  • Evolution of occupational health risk management
  • Stigma, dilemma, stereo-typing (Health: the “Hidden H” in HSE )
  • Global challenges and emerging issues facing the occupational health sciences
  • Collaborations, interfacing, and complimentary partnership with its peers (S&E)
  • Modelling (are there any universal approach to the above OHRM?)
  • Benchmarking within peers, national and international players

Session 5: Best Practices in Risk Management 

Session Chairs: Hassan Al Sabiri, ADMA-OPCO; Jesper W. Thomsen, Ramboll Oil & Gas

Operational risk is defined as the risk of loss from operational failures. It is often considered to be the sum of all possible risk to the business and is not limited to HSE, operations, procurement, schedule, etc. Operations risk is a component of operational risk and is characterised by uninformed execution errors and processing failures. Because these risks are generally well known, they also tend to be well managed. In addition, because these events arise from “normal” operational failures, the resultant single-event losses are relatively small. Operational risk, on the other hand, is driven mainly by “irregular” operational failures, particularly conscious violations of professional or moral standards and excessive risk-taking. Key points for discussions include:

  • Reduction of operational loss
  • Lower compliance/auditing costs
  • Early detection of unlawful activities
  • Reduced exposure to future risks

Session 6: Organisational Contractor Management

Session Chairs: Abdalla Al Naqbi, ADMA-OPCO; Andy Nickerson, Petrofac; Darren J. Franklin, HRTC Drilling Yemen; Sergey Peresypkin, Baker Hughes

Evaluation, selection, verification and management of Contractor’s HSE are key issues for employers. They (employers) understand that appropriate methods of pre and ongoing assessment/evaluation can provide confidence that the contractor can execute their requirements in a manner that won’t affect their companies’ integrated HSE performance. This part of the workshop session seeks to explore new and innovative ways of improving Contractor HSE Management.