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Director’s Note: Mark Your Calendar for “Getting to Zero”

Greetings! Please make plans to attend our upcoming SPE HSSE-SR Study Group Meeting on 30 June at the Petroleum Club of Houston. We are pleased to host Jack Hinton, Vice President of Health, Safety & Environment (HSE) for Baker Hughes, and John Karish, Corporate Director of Safety, Health & Environment (SHE) for Ensco plc, who will be discussing “Getting to Zero,” the journey to achieve zero workplace incidents. This event is the first in a series culminating in the “Getting to Zero” workshop at the 2016 SPE International HSE Conference in Stavanger, Norway. Please circulate this invitation to your personal network and mark your calendar to join us on 30 June.

Topic: “Getting to Zero,” a journey to achieve zero workplace incidents, is not a new initiative in the oil and gas industry. For the past five years, SPE has taken a leading role in organizing conversations around this initiative beginning with a workshop series in 2010. At the time, “Getting to Zero” progress was, or at least perceived to be, hindered by the lack of “alignment to the vision,” industry leadership, and human behaviors; while progress was perceived to be dependent on industry leadership, culture, and a common language of communication. Five years after this conversation began, the industry needs to recommit to “Getting to Zero,” as the trend of continual improvement appears to have recently plateaued.

SPE is hosting an interactive session, the first in a global series culminating in a Getting to Zero workshop at the 2016 SPE International HSE Conference in Stavanger, Norway. During the session, participants will hear a summary of the outputs from the 2010 and 2011 workshops. In addition, Baker Hughes will present an overview of its Perfect HSE Day, which enabled remarkable results, including quadrupling the company’s number of incident free days in only two years and achieving the equivalent of a perfect quarter in 2014.

This session’s participants will help frame subsequent “Getting to Zero – The Road to Stavanger” events leading to the 2016 Stavanger workshop, which is intended to produce a way forward for the industry; as well as create a summary of current thinking that will be published and tracked in HSE Now. Your experience and ideas are needed to help shape the industry moving forward; and to answer and provide context to the following questions: one, what’s our baseline, and two, what’s our path forward?

Be a part of the next generation of conversation!

Speaker: Jack Hinton, Vice President of Health, Safety & Environment (HSE) for Baker Hughes. He has 38 years of industry experience, which includes 26 years with Texaco as Vice President and Director of HSE, and 10 years with Baker Hughes, ensuring strategic directions drive efficiency, effectiveness and step-change to address industry HSE challenges. He holds a BS in Biology/Chemistry, a MS in Environmental Science, and a DrPH in Occupational Health; and is a Certified Industrial Hygienist. He has been an Adjunct Professor at the University of Texas since 1984 (his alma mater), presently serves on the Management Committee of the International Oil & Gas Association (IOGP) and SPE HSSE-SR Advisory Committee, and has served as the Chairman of the Board of Advisors for the Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health since 2006.

Speaker: John Karish, Corporate Director of Safety, Health & Environment (SHE) for Ensco plc, based in Houston, Texas, a position he has held for the past 9 years. He is responsible for ensuring continuous improvement in Ensco’s SHE performance. Prior to that, he served in a number of drilling, assurance and HSE roles with BP and its legacy companies. Mr. Karish has been actively involved in SPE Global E&P HSE Conferences as an author, Program Committee Co-chair and panel moderator since 2004. He was also the Steering Committee Co-chair for the 2010 SPE Forum Series – “Getting to Zero – An Incident Free Workplace: How Do We Get There?” Mr. Karish was awarded the 2013 SPE Global HSSE & SR Award. He is also a Senior Member of SPE and presently serves on the SPE HSS-SR Advisory Committee.

Date/Time: 30 June 2015, 11:30am – 1:00pm

Location:
Petroleum Club of Houston
1201 Louisiana Street, 35th Floor
Houston, Texas  77002
713-659-1431

Event Pricing:
Members (pre-registered): $40
Non-Members / Walk-ins (registered at the event): $50
Unemployed/ Students: $10

Best regards,

Trey Shaffer
SPE Gulf Coast Section: HSSE-SR Study Group Chairman
SPE International Board of Directors: HSSE-SR Technical Director