Call for Speakers – Safety in the Petroleum Industry - Virtual Symposium

The American Society of Safety Engineers is currently planning its next Virtual Symposium to be held September 21-23, 2010. As with all Virtual Symposium events, this symposium will be delivered entirely online and all webcasts will be recorded for on-demand viewing by our attendees.

In an effort to find the latest best practices in petroleum industry safety, we welcome your proposal for a one-hour concurrent session to be presented online at this event.

All proposals or ideas must be submitted using the online application by AUGUST 6, 2010.

Before submitting your proposal, please review the TOPIC OVERVIEW and PROPOSED LEARNING OUTCOMES below.

Topic Overview

Combining lessons learned from the current oil discharge disaster in the Gulf of Mexico with best practices gleaned from several decades of collective industry experience, ASSE is delivering this very timely Virtual Symposium for SH&E professionals working in the petroleum industry.

Specific Virtual Symposium tracks will focus on:

  • Emerging Safety & Health Issues – Emerging safety & health issues are changing the landscape and presenting new challenges for safety professionals, impacting their sphere of influence. 
  • Environmental Issues – While the majority of safety professionals outside the industry moderately participate in environmental issues, the safety professional in the petroleum industry has well-defined responsibilities related to their organization’s environmental challenges. 
  • Emergency Response Planning and Execution– When a crisis occurs in the petroleum industry, it can be large scale and catastrophic.  Safety professionals in the petroleum industry play a significant role in planning and overseeing the response for these events.

Proposed Learning Outcomes

After completing this symposium, attendees will be able to:

  • Appraise emerging industry trends, benchmarking them against their own safety management approaches.
  • Compare and implement strategies for addressing domestic US and international regulatory initiatives.
  • Perform a gap analysis between their organization’s standards and existing industry and government standards.
  • Develop a management framework for responding to oil and gas-related regulatory compliance issues.
  • Appraise new initiatives related to sustainability efforts.
  • Better manage safety-related decisions in projects with contractors
  • Analyze and successfully respond to environmentally focused regulatory changes that may come from local, state and Federal agencies.
  • Develop strategies which proactively and cost effectively deal with environmental issues that impact the safety and health professional working in the petroleum industry.
  • Analyze industry best practices for environmental protection – including new technologies being used in the petroleum industry in regards to environmental safety.
  • Quantify their organization’s risk for a catastrophic event.
  • More effectively manage their organization’s response to a crisis.
  • Communicate more effectively to their organization’s crisis management team in order to develop a more robust emergency response process.
  • Analyze industry best practices for emergency response planning and be able to integrate those ideas into their existing plans.
  • Perform a gap analysis on their organization’s emergency response plans to assure the basic elements are in place to achieve a successful response to a catastrophic event.
  • Create management awareness of the need to support workforce reporting of hazards
  • Implement new approaches to petroleum industry safety management from lessons learned after an industry incident.
  • Better understand the evolution of the Environmental function, from a strict compliance mode in recent years to the modern perspective of best practice.
  • Compare their organization’s existing programs with the efforts of other organizations to integrate the Business of Safety into their day to day operations.


The members of the Symposium Task Force will review all proposals. Individuals who have been selected will be notified by August 11th. Due to the large number of responses, you may not be notified if your topic has not been selected.

Please submit ideas and proposals by online form ONLY.

Proposed Idea/Topic (Minimum 250 Words)
Please describe your experiences with using online presentation tools.
Brief Biography (Limit 500 Words)