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.


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;

Delegates later took part in a number of workshops where their outcomes have been summarised and available as follows;

Further reading available at:

Institute of Directors Health and Safety Executive Northern Ireland
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