Following extensive media coverage, interest from the political sphere and input from the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway, an industry-wide project was implemented to improve the chemical working environment in the petroleum industry. In the aftermath, the PSA asked the companies: have things improved?
Introducing new members and thanking outgoing members were among the agenda items at the Safety Forum's meeting of 13 June 2013.
Safety and preparedness in the northern areas, response to the PSA's initiative to establish three professional forums to reduce major accident risk, availability of capping equipment and updated status from the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) were the main items on the agenda at the Safety Forum meeting on 4 April this year.
Summary of meetings with key players in the EU Commission and the Norwegian delegation for the EU on 20 September was one of the topics at the Safety Forum’s meeting in Brussels on 21 September.
The third meeting of the Safety Forum in 2012 had a demanding agenda, with the response to the PSA’s recommendations for the industry after Deepwater Horizon (DwH) and the conclusion of the debate on the Forum’s priorities as the main items.
Several of the introductory speakers at the Safety Forum's annual conference focused on challenges related to competence and capacity as some of the key challenges facing the industry in the time to come. Also the PSA's Director General Magne Ognedal stressed that safety must not be sacrificed in the battle for the best minds.
Safety Forum meeting no. 2/2012 was characterised by extensive debates about the development of the Safety Forum as a key tripartite arena for HSE in the industry, and about what should be the main subjects on the strategic agenda going forward.
A review of the process surrounding the EU Commission’s proposed regulation, the petroleum study on shift work, sleep and health and a review/debate of the Safety Forum’s proposed priorities for 2012 and the future – were the main topics at the Safety Forum’s first meeting this year.
A purposeful commitment turned employer-employee relations in Norway’s petroleum industry from conflict to cooperation. But all sides must accept a responsibility if this success is to continue.
The chemical project and the industry’s newly launched noise programme were key issues on the agenda for the Safety Forum’s meeting of 16 November 2011, along with evacuation systems, international work in the wake of the Macondo accident, White Papers and the R&D strategy for HSE.