May 2 2019
Esbjerg Performing Arts Centre
Havnegade 18, 6700 Esbjerg
Task Force Zero 2019
In order to both survive and thrive businesses must become better, leaner and cheaper. It is essential for every business and that is an inescapable fact. This has been a consistent message throughout the history of the oil and gas industry and has become even more amplified in the continuing unstable oil price environment. What about our need to also make things safer?
The sharp focus on cost and efficiency can appear to make other aspects of performance less important, including safety. However, surviving and thriving as a business and as people must surely include being safe and becoming safer as we progress. Why does there always seem to be a trade-off between safety vs. production and cost reduction vs. safety? Why do we say they go together but then struggle to make it happen? We say a safe workplace is a productive workplace and then complain that a focus on production makes our work less safe. When and how will we truly make these complement each other?
Business experts and safety leaders from around the world will bring this year’s conference to life by sharing examples and experiences of ensuring both financial and safety performance, of putting people and their welfare in the picture and harvesting the benefits. Further, as a participant you will discover what is needed of you and your individual contribution to making the workplace SAFER… as well as Better, Leaner and Cheaper.
Charlie had more than 15 years experience on the job, and he knew it well. He knew all the rules. He knew all the safety regulations . . . and he knew all the shortcuts around them too. Yes, Charlie was just like all the other seasoned workers at the refinery; he was certain that nothing could go wrong when he was in control. And he was right ….. Except for this one time.
This presentation argues that the real key to developing a culture of safety is having the right organisational structure. This means ensuring that the people with special responsibility for safety are sufficiently senior and sufficiently powerful to be able to discharge their responsibilities effectively. This requires a relatively centralised organisation. This is illustrated using the Columbia space shuttle accident. The presentation includes a case study of BP, looking at its organisational structure before and after the Deepwater Horizon accident.