The largest number of attendees – ever!

430 producers, suppliers, people from other industries and students chose to take a break from their daily routine by attending the annual TFZ Offshore Safety Conference at the Esbjerg Performing Arts Centre and took part in the largest TFZ Safety Conference ever.

After the theatre bell had rung for the last time, the attendees were welcomed to the conference by the chairman of Oil Gas Denmark´s HSE Committee: Jacob Heinricy Jensen from DONG Oil & Gas. Hereafter Martin Næsby, Managing Director of Oil Gas Denmark, introduced the Offshore Safety Award 2017 and underlined the commitment to promoting and rewarding safety in the industry. The crews working on ENSCO-71 drilling rig were awarded the Safety Award for their effective ´Hand and Finger´ safety program.


A broad line-up

Emma Currie from Acting Up was responsible for the opening act and she presented an enthralling performance called ´Gail´s shoes´. The performance´s focus was on how fictitious characters could engage a workforce in shaping a meaningful safety culture. This was achieved by people investigating a character´s faults that they could reflect on and draw on in understanding their own safety behaviour and how it could be improved.

Following Emma Currie´s act, the world record setting Polar Explorer Ben Saunders gave an insight in his experiences with how to be safe in the most challenging environment on Earth: the Artic. The keywords for being safe and survive in such conditions are preparation and self-consciousness.

After a brief refreshment break, a 30 minute engagement and Q&A block began. Emma Currie was the first and she and moderator Alan Palmer discussed the opportunities of using fictitious characters as a way of managing safety. Afterwards, Niels Bojer Jørgensen from DONG Thermal Power was invited to the stage to share his experiences with working to improve a safety culture and how admitting to have reached the safety performance plateau could change one´s way of working with safety; Jørgensen hoped that by sharing his insights on safety with others, he too could gain new inspiration in his work with safety. As the last speaker, Margot Brabrand shared her experiences with exchanging knowledge about safety with the oil and gas industry from an outside sector; being part of the company that runs the Copenhagen Metro and is building the new metro extensions in Copenhagen, she had learned a lot from the ways that the industry washandling the issue of safety.

The last interview before lunch was with Edgar Schein, a well known investigator of organisations´ culture. Professor Schein shared his views on culture in organisations and how it was possible to change a culture with special attention to the challenges faced by the oil and gas industry; he emphasised the role of the leader in how an organisation acts and not least the impact of the culture when it comes to safety and safety performance.

Different views on safety in the industry

After lunch, the conference focused on different views on Safety Management within the industry. Dick Benschop from Shell shared how it was possible to establish a good process safety performance as a result of different incidents at sites that he had been involved with. Taf Powell followed him on stage and discussed the prognosis for the oil and gas industry, since the industry on average in the last 50 years had experienced a serious incident every 2-3 years.

After a short refreshment break, Lamberto Nonno shared his experiences with changing the HSE culture in Baker Hughes by making all employees take ownership of safety at their worksite. He was followed by Dr. John Green who argued that the constantly expanding use of checklists and other systems disempowered employees and had made them stop being curious and thus vulnerable for new faults; instead, he believed that it was possible to empower employees by removing redundant checklists and reworking other checklists and systems thereby improving the safety in an organisation.