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Petroleum Industry Safety Is Topic of ASSE’s September Virtual Symposium

Posted in on Thu, Aug 12, 2010

Des Plaines, IL (August 12, 2010) — The ‘Safety in the Petroleum Industry’ virtual interactive symposium to be held by the American Society of Safety Engineers this September 21-23 will provide presentations developed from combining lessons learned from the current oil discharge disaster in the Gulf of Mexico with best practices gleaned from decades of collective industry experience.

The symposium webcasts will be delivered live online and be available for on-demand viewing by attendees. It will focus on three key areas which include 1) how emerging safety and health issues are changing the industry’s landscape and presenting new challenges for safety professionals and impacting their sphere of influence; 2) the importance of environmental issues for safety professionals in the oil and gas industry and their responsibilities related to their organization’s environmental challenges; and, 3) emergency response planning, execution and how safety professionals in the petroleum industry play a significant role in planning and overseeing the response for these events, especially utilizing new technology.

The symposium will educate attendees on how 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;
• enhance the management of their organization’s response to a crisis;
• enhance communication with 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; and
• implement new approaches to petroleum industry safety management from lessons learned after an industry incident.

This symposium will consist of three days of live learning presented through ASSE’s webinar platform. Attendees can view and listen to sessions live, chat with speakers and earn CEUs, all from their computer. All ASSE virtual symposium sessions are recorded and available to view whenever and wherever a computer and a connection to the Internet are available. In addition, the virtual symposium is built around an easy-to-use social networking system, accessible only to speakers and registered attendees. A virtual resource room is also available which provides session slides, e-books, articles and proceedings papers. A virtual expo will also have a variety of vendor products and services. Virtual symposium attendees earn 1.0 CEUs. The cost for ASSE members before September 6 is $195 and $225 afterwards. Group discounts are available. Go to for additional information about this symposium and to register.

The ASSE Oil and Gas Practice Specialty helped develop this symposium. It has members employed in many operations including drilling exploration and development; gas utilities; insurance; land/lease; liquefied natural gas production and storage; liquefied natural gas transportation and distribution; liquefied petroleum gas operations; offshore operations; oil and gas equipment and services; oil and gas pipelines; oilfield; pipeline transportation; processing plants; and, retail, refining and marketing. Its web site contains links to many key topics.
Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the oldest professional safety organization and is committed to protecting people, property and the environment. Its more than 32,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members manage, supervise, research and consult on safety, health, transportation and environmental issues in all industries, government, labor and education. Go to for more information and topics.

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