May 19 2022
Havnegade 18 6700 Esbjerg
Task Force Zero 2022
The energy industry is changing. New companies are rising and becoming strong utility owners of the energy of tomorrow and others are going out of business. The traditional upstream oil and gas companies are slowly but steadily establishing new business ventures in the renewable energy industry. This poses the question of how we ensure that the energy industries collectively continue to be safe and committed to sending all our people home safe every day while at the same time facing the tough circumstances and challenges an industry in change presents. At this year’s safety conference, we will be looking at change and how it affects our people, our organizations, and our culture.
For decades, the offshore industry has developed a sound and solid approach to safety. Today, the safety mindset is at the very core of how business is run in many companies both onshore and offshore. But how can we ensure that the excellent safety mindset of those industries can be successfully maintained during the ongoing changes that the energy transition pledge?
Experts and safety leaders from around the world will make the TFZ 2022 safety leadership conference come to life by sharing examples and experiences on how they have worked in periods of change, keeping a safety mindset throughout the entire organization from top management to frontline workers. Stories from industries that have already learned the lesson will help others to inspire and adopt the shared learnings to sustain a safe mindset during the energy transition.
But today, it becomes the energy industry's responsibility to ensure that past common lessons drawn are not forgotten and equally benefit the fast growing renewable energies' businesses.
Because, the specific safety challenges of renewables have readily available solutions based on O&G practices - it in the proper safety and environmental designs of new projets, in the recipes of safety performance or in the HSE organizational construct best adapted to renewable energies.
I offer to illustrate the above having led in a major O&G company resolutely transitioning since years to renewables' safer ways.
In order to develop and sustain our efforts in risk and safety, we as leaders need to bring the human back into our efforts by moving from the traditional risk and safety approach to one that finds the balance between workspace controls, psychological and cultural elements. This approach reflects caring and helping as well as a move away from a telling approach to one of engagement, an approach that considers the true meaning of culture.