Symposium Sessions

Preventing Slips, Trips & Falls in the Petroleum Industry
Speaker: Robert Pater, Managing Director, Strategic Safety Associates/MoveSmart

Despite engineering & footwear, slips, trips & falls are prevalent in the Petroleum Industry, both upstream and downstream. These injuries are costly and often "hidden" - and all environments aren't easily controlled (exposure to the elements? vibration? slippery surfaces? etc). Further, companies with aging workforces often see increased incidence of slips, trips and falls.

While it's not possible to totally control environment risk factors for slips, trips and falls in the industry, experience shows companies can break through plateaus of slip, trip and fall injuries by transferring skills that elevate judgment and balance. Focus of this webinar will be on strategies that:

1. elevate active managerial support for these long-standing and "common" problems
2. place workers in mental and physical control of their own safety while working and moving.

Robert Pater is founder of the MoveSMART® system for preventing slips/trips/falls, hand injuries and strains/sprains. They have worked in the Petroleum Industry with:  BP Exploration, BP Shipping, British Overeas Corporation, ChevronTexaco, Conoco, Deutag, Exxon, Halliburton Energy Services, Hess Oil, KCA Drilling, Marathon Oil, Millennium Chemical, Noble Drilling, Petro-Canada, Precision Drilling, Schlumberger, Transocean, Veritas, Wavefield, Weatherford and others in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Dubai, England, France, Indonesia, Nigeria, Russia, Scotland, Venezuela and other countries.

In addition to his articles in Professional Safety, Occupational Health & Safety, EHS Today, Industrial Safety and Hygiene News, Occupational Hazards, Safety+Health, Safe Workplace and others, Robert has published articles in the Society of Petroleum Engineers journal, as well as for Well Informed (ASSE Oil & Gas Practice Specialty newsletter) on preventing slips/trips/falls, strains/sprains and hand injuries in the petroleum industry.

Contractor Management Strategies

Speaker: Deborah L Grubbe, PE, CEng, Owner and President, Operations and Safety Solutions, LLC

Correct contractor management strategies are critical for safe operations in the petroleum industry. Owner firms must take responsibility for the safety of their many contractors, and must provide appropriate insight and oversight at appropriate moments in the various stages of the contract work process. These processes must be carefully adhered to, and that requires everyone in the firm to clearly understand the required work process inputs and outputs.
Deborah Grubbe is Owner and President of Operations and Safety Solutions, LLC, and is the former Vice President of Group Safety for BP plc, which had its two safest years ever under her watch. Deborah is a member of the NASA Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel, and served as a consultant on safety culture to the Columbia Shuttle Accident Investigation Board. She is a Trustee of the National Safety Council, and is a former Chair of the National Institute of Standards and Technology Visiting Committee for Advanced Technology.

Natural Gas Piping & Purging: Why So Many Explosions

Speaker: John R. Puskar, P.E., Principal, CEC Combustion Services

This presentation intends to address the dangers and many of the common mistakes make when performing natural gas piping repairs. It gives managers, maintenance people, and operators of combustion equipment plans and safety protocols to follow to avoid the potentially catastrophic results that come from improper installation of natural gas piping, focusing particularly on the steps to take after the repair is complete. There is often a huge and dangerous lack of knowledge amongst those who routinely manage or perform gas piping repairs. This presentation will help raise awareness of this important issue and present practical guidance to those involved.

BP: A Crisis in the Gulf. Can it Happen to Your Organization?

Speaker: Vince Marchesani, Ph.D., Senior Associate, Topf Initiatives

While focusing on industrial events such as the BP explosion, fire and oil spill in the Gulf, the Union Carbide tragedy in Bhopal India, the Exxon Valdez spill and the BP explosion and fire at their Texas refinery; the crisis management protocols that will be identified are also applicable to crisis situations in government, non profits and other organizations. Crisis management questions will be presented as part of the topic. If an organization can answer these questions with conviction and without hesitation they probably have a robust and effective crisis management plan. However, if an organization hesitates in their response, or are unsure of the answers, they probably have work to do. Along with how to prepare a crisis management plan, the session will address the creation of a crisis scenario and how to use that scenario in a crisis exercise.

Knock It Off: How other High-Risk Industries Successfully STOP THE JOB!

Speaker: Brian "Bru" Brurud, President, CEO, Check 6, Inc.

Let’s face it, things do go wrong... The hardest thing to do is “Stop The Job”. As Fighter Pilots, Navy SEALs, and Astronauts, stopping the job is expected with regard to commercial aviation, military combat missions and NASA operations. When an airline pilot, Fighter Pilot or Navy SEAL hears “Knock It Off”, the mission is aborted -- NO QUESTIONS ASKED! Rules of Engagement (ROE) are now the standard within the military and commercial aviation which not only reduce catastrophic events, but reduce human errors during routine work. Getting the Oil and Gas Industry to this level of compliance is critical for saving lives and affecting a culture change. With the recent Horizon disaster, oil and gas personnel around the world need to take a pro-active rather than re-active approach to change recognizing complacency and loss of situational awareness in this high-risk environment.
As the most decorated US Naval Fighter Pilot since the Vietnam War and a legend in Naval Aviation, Brian “Bru” Brurud has an amalgam of experience in both the US Military and the private business sectors.

The Value of Fall Hazard Risk Assessments

Speaker: Thomas Kramer, P.E., C.S.P., Principal, LJB Inc., and Nolan Miller, P.E., C.S.P.

Although regulatory agencies and standards committees highlight the value of fall hazard risk assessments as a critical step in a successful fall protection program, organizations around the world still continue to throw money, time and resources toward the first fall hazard that is brought to their attention. While there is certainly value in abating all fall hazards, it isn’t the most effective approach or use of your safety budget. This presentation will inform attendees about the value of understanding their true risk by conducting a fall hazard risk assessment, including benefits and best practices.

An Overview of HSE Issues in Land Drilling Operations

Speaker: Ashok Garlapati, Sr. HSE Specialist (E&PD), Kuwait Oil Company

This presentation will provide comprehensive information to all Safety professionals on Health, Safety and Environmental issues in land drilling operations. The land drilling operations broadly consists of site preparation, Rig mobilization & Rig-Up, drilling operations, well testing and Rig de-mobilization. At every stage, several HSE issues are encountered. In addition, we will discuss the latest techniques & best practices, the major challenges of implementing HSE Management systems under a diverse workforce as well as techniques and initiatives to overcome these challenges.

Crisis at the BP Forties: An Emergency Response Exercise

Speaker: Malcolm Phillips

The 60 minute exercise will be based on an actual event that occurred on the BP Forties pipeline in Scotland. It will consist of information bulletins (incident reports) submitted to an emergency response team every five minutes over the hour period. Three of these minutes will show the responses of members of the Emergency Response Team. The other two minutes will be used discuss issues and to bring the exercise back on course of what actually happened. The last fifteen minutes will be used to discuss the actual outcome and to show how a large number of seemingly insignificant decisions can fall into place like a jigsaw and cause a disaster.

Emergency Response and Recovery – Lessons Learned

Speaker: Ellen P. Clas, CBCP, CEM, CIH, CSP, Director, Clas Consulting LLC

Emergency Response and Recovery has come a very long way in 10 years! Ms. Clas has been in significant positions at each of the 3 largest disasters during that time and she will discuss her impressions of where we have matured as safety and health professionals over that period. Topics will include the use of the incident command system, national response framework, safety and health annex. Over 10 years we have evolved from a dysfunctional liability to a mature team of environmental health and safety professionals effectively protecting worker health.

Ms. Clas has been involved in several recent disaster responses, including British Petroleum - Houma Incident Command; MC252 Deep Water Horizon – Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill. Acting as a Health and Safety Advisor, Ms. Clas reports directly to BP’s Safety Officer for the Louisiana Theatre of Operations. Responsibilities include: Subject Matter Expert on disaster response and recovery; program development and management of response and recovery Safety Management Systems, potable water program, and base installation and inspection program; liaison to State Fire Marshall and Louisiana Department of Public Health and Hospitals.