May 2 2019

Esbjerg Performing Arts Centre

Havnegade 18, 6700 Esbjerg

Task Force Zero 2019

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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.

8:00 - 9:00
Registration and breakfast
9:00 - 9:10
Opening ceremony
9:10 - 9:30
Safety Award 2019
9:30 - 9:40
Piper Alpha, part 1
On July 6 1988, Piper Alpha was hit by an explosion that caused fires killing 167 people; 61 workers survived. In this act, the eye-opening reasons behind the explosion will be shown, which raises the question: why did this disaster happen with many warning signs in advance?
9:40 - 10:30
Remember Charlie | Charlie Morecraft
In 1980, Charles T. Morecraft was an employee of Exxon Corporation. He was a good employee ­ both in the eyes of his union and in the eyes of his management, but otherwise he was unremarkable. He was just like hundreds of thousands of other blue-collar workers. He never considered himself exceptional. He was "just one of the boys".

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.
10:30 - 10:40
Piper Alpha, part 2
The Piper Alpha disaster changed the lives of the victims, the survivors and their next of kin. In this act, the stories of two of the survivors will be shared, and how that faithful night influenced the rest of their lives.
10:40 - 11:10
Refreshment break
11:10 - 12:00
How structures create culture | Andrew Hopkins
Organisations sometimes set out to create cultures of safety using the hearts and minds approach, that is, running workshops for employees encouraging them to think differently about safety.
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.
12:00 - 12:25
Total´s Safety Journey | Michael Borrell
12:25 - 12:50
Talk and engagement session, Slido Q&A
12:50 - 13:50
13:50 - 14:20
The challenge of the unexpected
Better, Leaner, Cheaper … and SAFER! The title of the conference sums up very well the challenge facing the oil & gas industry, like many others. This challenge obviously raises specific questions about the latter item: safety. It generally follows from the debate that yes, there may be safety risks to making too much savings, or putting too much pressure on operations, but ultimately, all things considered, the qualities necessary for superior operational performance - such as good procedures, good equipment, good leadership, good communication, good synergy, are also the ones that guarantee safety. There is truth in this vision, but perhaps it is incomplete. In his presentation, Jean Pariés will show that optimization strategies - based on the anticipation and standardization of “one best way” responses, also have a perverse effect: by reducing the diversity and variability of systems, they reduce what is called their resilience: the ability to handle the unexpected. He will also suggest ways to preserve this capacity, because it is more and more necessary in a world paradoxically at once more and more regulated and unpredictable. Indeed, day after day, the news from the world confirms the growth of change, turbulence and complexity, the reign of surprise, and the need for adaptability and resilience.
14:20 - 14:50
Perspectives on the future of oil and gas safety from a former insider | Jakob Thomasen
As a former oil business executive with now almost three years at the side-lines of the industry, Jakob Thomasen will reflect on what is next in future safety of the oil industry. Jakob’s views will be fueled by his 32 years in the oil industry as well as solid engagement in other businesses over the last few years.
14:50 - 15:15
Talk and engagement session, Slido Q&A
15:15 - 15:45
Refreshment break
15:45 - 16:05
Heroes Care. Everywhere – DEA´s way to change its Health & Safety Culture
'Heroes Care. Everywhere.’ We want to show the journey DEA undertook to develop and implement a Health and Safety initiative, that used social communications and individual messaging at its core, to make best use of limited resources and place individual ‘caring’ at the center of its message.
16:05 - 17:00
Leadership and Thriving Uncertainty | Brendan Hall
Brendan will share the ‘lightbulb moments’ his team had during their journey into uncertainty on the world’s oceans and the lessons they learned.
17:00 - 17:25
Talk and engagement session, Slido Q&A
17:25 - 17:30
Conference closing
17:30 - 18:00
Safety Conference reception
18:00 - 20:00
Safety Award Dinner
20:00 - 20:45
Dinner Speech: Who has a brian defibrillator? | Troels V. Kjær
In 2017, Troels W. Kjær published his newest book Defibrillator – how to train your brain, which is a book to help people who want to optimize their ratiocination. Perhaps you want to become more effective and faster at work, you want to become better to remember or motivate yourself, but how do you accelerate your brain? Troels W. Kjær has experimented with brain training and will in the presentation share his best pieces of advice and provide specific tools to optimize one´s awareness, memory and learning. You will get more out of your life, and, perhaps, you will become better to remember your wife´s birthday and your daily errands. Troels W. Kjær´s speech will be communicated with a combination of seriousness and humour.


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