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Safety Issues in the Upstream Oil and Gas Sector


Safety Issues in the Upstream Oil and Gas Sector

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ALL live sessions of this ASSE Virtual Symposium will also be recorded and can be viewed at any time.


Wednesday, January 9

Time Session Speaker(s)

9am Central

Opening Session: Regulatory/Compliance panel discussion

Panel discussion

11am Central

Communicating in a Crisis

Pam Walaski, CSP, CHMM, President of JC Safety & Environmental, Inc

1pm Central

Hydrogen Sulfide Exposures in the Upstream

Wayne Vanderhoof, CSP, President of RJR Safety Inc.

3pm Central

Fall Protection Concerns in Upstream Operations
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Tracey Riepenhoff, P.E., C.S.P., P.M.P. and Nolan Miller, P.E., C.S.P.


Thursday, January 10




9am Central

Managing Contractor Safety on Major Oil and Gas Capital Projects

Jack Toellner, P.E., CSP, Senior Safety Consultant, ExxonMobil Development Company

11am Central

Duration and Energy of Flash Fires and Evaluation of FR Clothing

Scott Margolin, Westex

1pm Central

Surface Spills in Hydraulic Fracturing and Recommendations for Improved Safety Management

Jennifer Sahmel, MPH, CIH, CSP; ChemRisk, LLC

3pm Central

Does New Drilling Rig Technology Lead to Fewer Worker Injuries?

Ryan Hill, MPH, NIOSH


In addition to these LIVE sessions, registered attendees will also be able to enjoy these PRE-RECORDED sessions!


Emergency Management within the Oil and Gas Industry

Description: This session was designed to initiate thought provoking reflection of Emergency Management of land based Oil and Gas Exploration and Production within the United States and Canada.

During the session, the speaker will discuss how to:

  • Perform risk based hazard identification of current and future operations.
  • Identify Emergency Operational Plans and execution of such plans.
  • Understand the considerations and limitations of available emergency response agencies.
  • Understand the considerations and limitations of current communication systems.
  • Present both a common needs assessment and efficient emergency response options to management.


Journey Management: Emergency Management and Response within the Oil and Gas Industry

Speaker: Nancy Bendickson, CDS, CSP, ARM, ALCM, Senior Consultant
Aon Risk Solutions, Global Risk Consulting, Casualty Risk Control

Description: This session will help attendees understand a risk management tool used by oil and gas producers to manage the hazards presented by motor vehicle operation. Driving related incidents are the single largest cause of fatalities in OGP member company operations.

Journey management is not unique to E&P industry. In the UK, Health and Safety at Work etc Act requires an employer to assess risks to health and safety of employees while at work. Journey Management is addressed in 1999 legislation to manage work-related road safety. In the US, journey management has been included in the ANSI/ASSE Z-15.1 -2012 standard.

Speaker will explore how journey management is utilized in E&P industry and review key elements of journey management plan, risk assessment, and demonstrate use of guidance documents from OGP – International Association of Oil & Gas Producers created by the Land Transportation Safety Committee.