Major hazards conference
Leading from the top: avoiding major incidents, 29 April 2008
The conference provided a forum for chief executives and industry leaders in the major hazards sector to discuss and share experiences on how top level commitment and leadership can make such a huge difference to securing the strong, positive health & safety cultures so important if major incidents are to be avoided.
- heard how others have improved their health & safety and business performance through strong leadership
- had the opportunity to make new contacts and gained new ideas to help ensure their organisation’s focus is on effective control of its process safety risks.
Citing recent major incidents – such as, BP Texas City refinery, Buncefield and the THORP plant in Sellafield - regulatory bodies, TU and government ministers were able to challenge industry and discuss lessons learned. Particular emphasis was placed on seven key principles;
- Process safety management taking place at all business levels;
- Real and dynamic risk assessments;
- Robust management of change approaches;
- Well trained and competent people; and
- A learning organisation.
Delegates later took part in a number of workshops where their outcomes have been summarised and available as follows;
- Process safety leadership
- Leading and learning – building on experiences on peer review
- Leadership and the STEPCHANGE initiative in the offshore industry
- Equipping independent directors for their task in major hazards organisation
Further reading available at:
- Leading health and safety at work
- Leadership for the major hazard industries
- Successful health and safety management