The highest number of attendees ever!

440 producers, suppliers and key people from other industries participated in the annual Task Force Zero Offshore Safety Conference at Esbjerg Performing Arts Centre on May 3. The participants were welcomed to the conference by the chairman of Oil Gas Denmark´s HSE Commitee: Jacob Heinricy Jensen from INEOS Oil & Gas Denmark. Afterwards Martin Næsby, Managing Director of Oil Gas Denmark, introduced the Offshore Safety Award 2018 and underlined the commitment to safety in the industry. The crew on Maersk Drilling´s rig Maersk Resilient was awarded the Safety Award for an effective hands and finger campaign, a Safety Leadership Matrix, where crew members were “Team Safety Leader of the Day”, and a movie campaign that highlighted silent consent.

A diverse line-up of speakers

AKT Productions Ltd. performed a captivating opening act called “The Mousehole” that was based on a real incident offshore in the North Sea. The opening act focused on human behaviour and how the human factor can influence safety by showing their impact in a scenario from real life. The act allowed the participants to see the characters´ faults and to understand how their own safety behaviour could be improved.

Following the opening act, former NASA Astronaut Jim Wetherbee shared his experiences with Operating Excellence in the most challenging environment known to mankind: the space. For Jim Wetherbee, Operating Excellence required that everyone followed the procedures, but not blindly.

After a brief refreshment break, Rudolph Driessen, former Operations Director at Shell Gazprom NEFT, shared how a turn-around of the Salym Petroleum Development was conducted. The Siberian field, which had the lowest safety performance before the turn-around, improved its safety performance by creating a safety leadership culture among all of the employees on the site. Afterwards, Rudolph Driessen took part in a Q&A session with Peter Hellsberg, VP Corporate Occupational Heath & Safety at Novo Nordisk A/S, where they discussed the challenges in connected to introducing a safety leadership culture in an organization.

Diverse perspectives on safety in the industry

After lunch, Dr. Jordan Peterson, clinical psychologist and professor at University of Toronto, addressed the audience in a recorded interview, which focused on the importance of speaking up and speaking one´s truth in the work setting. Dr. Peterson discussed many aspects of speaking up in his interview, and he focused especially on the importance of doing what is necessary; not what is expedient.

The conference hereafter focused on the influence that the human factor has on safety. Monica Haage, Senior Nuclear Safety Specialist, shared the lessons learned about the human factor´s influence on safety at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident. According to Monica Haage, the contributing factors to the accidents were a lack of a systemtic approach to safety and shortcomings in the safety culture at TEPCO.

Following her talk, Sidney Dekker, professor at Griffith University, discussed how bureaucratization and compliance need to be replaced with a reliance on people´s expertise, insights and the dignity of work. He argued that if an organization changes its focus from compliance to people then safety and efficiency will be improved.