Middle East HSE Forum 2016


Join His Excellency Eng. Suhail Mohamed Faraj Al Mazrouei, UAE Minister of Energy at this Energy Institute (EI)’s international technical forum, which will deliver essential learning and sharing of international good practice to help improve the safety performance of organisations, foster a healthy and accident-free work culture, and ensure a sustainable environment. Bringing together research, academia, industry and regulators, the conference will discuss key HSE challenges and opportunities facing the energy sectors in the Middle East.

Event Type:
Oct. 17-19, 2016
Abu Dhabi , UAE

The forum aims to:

  • Share experience, information and guidance that leads to a healthy, accident-free workplace and a sustainable environment for energy businesses
  • Offer a platform for communicating HSE issues, provide responses to key challenges and identify improvements
  • Share innovation and best practice by providing opportunities to share and learn from the international HSE community and practice
  • Showcase innovative technology solutions and research
  • Work collaboratively with key institutions on building technical standards and practice
  • Raise awareness of standards and disciplines
  • Enhance competency of industry personnel within the Middle East and globally

The forum includes topics from the following themes:

As well as the two-day conference, the Middle East HSE Forum 2016 also will include on day three (19 October) a number of parallel one day-long technical workshops that will explore a particular topic in more detail. These workshops will reference an EI technical publication that already captures knowledge, good practice and lessons learned. In a participative manner, the workshops will provide an overview of content of the EI technical publication, and focus on practical applications, operational experience and case studies. Discussion will be encouraged so as to benefit workshop participants. 

The workshops will be led by technical specialists well known to the EI: these will be the author of the pertinent EI technical publication, or current/recent technical committee members that directed development of the publication. Workshop participants will be able to draw on the facilitator’s knowledge and experience in their field. 

Following the workshops, the EI will provide delegates a debriefing report that typically would comprise:

  • the pertinent EI technical publication;
  • slide packs and other materials used in the workshop;
  • key points arising from discussion, and
  • key actions for workshop delegates to address the topic in their organisation.

Workshops Include: 

Setting ecological baselines around petrochemical facilities and evaluating environmental recovery from pollution impacts
The workshop will incorporate a mix of presentations and practical sessions to walk attendees through Guidance on establishing a species and habitats baseline for the Environmental Damage/Liability Regulations 2009 and Environmental recovery guide – Supporting guide to the environmental risk tolerability for COMAH establishments. 

It would cover the following stages:

  • Understanding the value of setting an ecology baseline;
  • Establishing and maintaining an ecology baseline;
  • Using the guides to evaluate the most sensitive environmental receptors at risk from a pollution event;
  • Calculating recovery periods linked to the type of release;
  • Determining opportunities for local application of the guidelines; and
  • Considering options for optimising the guidelines for local conditions.

Participating in the workshop would enable petrochemical facility management to gain insight into the setting and potential impact from their operations, and to direct environmental protection resources most effectively.

Managing Process Plant and Structural Corrosion
Managing process plant and structural corrosion, based on the principles set out in Guidance for corrosion management in oil and gas production and processing.  The workshop will guide delegates through defining and implementing a corrosion management policy as part of delivering asset integrity within a broader safety management framework. It would set out a model process of corrosion management and define the key features that need to be addressed. The workshop would be illustrated with practical knowledge of methods of implementation and system maintenance, and refer to examples of corrosion threats and mitigation methods, in particular those pertinent to the upstream oil and gas sector and offshore wind sector. 

Fire hazard management of storage tanks - A risk-based approach in accordance with EI MCoSP Part 19

  • The workshop would cover the basic principles and background to developing site-specific risk-based fire hazard management policies relevant to local operating conditions and legislation. The workshop would be referenced to EI Model code of safe practice Part 19: Fire precautions at petroleum refineries and bulk storage installations. 
  • Both sides of the 'bow tie' diagram would be covered, i.e. prevention and mitigation considerations. As well as the overall principles of risk-based fire hazard management, the workshop would cover tank fire scenario types and escalation routes, options for fire protection systems and managing major multi-tank incidents. 
  • Case histories and latest industry research would be used to demonstrate and enhance the learning.

Making facilities safety by design: The inherent safety way

The workshop will refer to EI Guidance on applying inherent safety in design: Reducing process safety hazards whilst optimising CAPEX and OPEX. It is aimed at project managers, design engineers and safety professionals interested in good practice approaches to avoiding or reducing process safety hazards at source by improved process design for new or existing facilities. When applied effectively inherent safety in design (ISD) can avoid the costs and residual risks associated with safety critical equipment and procedures that can and do fail, with sometimes catastrophic consequences.

The workshop sessions will include:

  • Introduction to inherent safety;
  • Inherent safety within process hazards analysis (PHA);
  • Inherent safety workshop methodology, and
  • Inherent safety for operational facilities.

The workshop sessions will include case studies, exercises and discussions. '

Hearts and Minds
Hearts and Minds: overview of the Hearts and Minds toolkit and its origin, interactive Understanding Your Culture session, calibration of Understanding Your Energy Culture and followed by some case studies.   

Tripod Beta - An introduction to the 21st century root cause analysis tool
The workshop will be based on Tripod Beta: Guidance on using Tripod Beta in the investigation and analysis of incidents, accidents and business losses and topics to be covered include:

  1. Overview of the Tripod Beta process.
  2. The origin of Tripod; why the name.
  3. What Tripod Beta can do for you.  
  4. When to use Tripod Beta and when not to use it. 
  5. Distinguishing between personal safety and process safety.
  6. Who should use Tripod Beta.
  7. Tripod Beta’s main advantages over other root cause analysis tools.
  8. A step-by-step explanation of the process with reference to a specific incident.

There will be several short interactive sessions to help participants consolidate the underpinning knowledge and get feedback on their understanding. 

Hazardous area classification using the EI 15 Methodology
Hazardous area classification using Model code of safe practice Part 15: Area classification code for installations handling flammable fluids ('EI 15'). This would focus on using the flexible and pragmatic risk-based approach to hazardous area classification. This enables determination of risk level for an installation by considering secondary release source (pumps, pipework and compressors etc.) hole sizes in determining the Zone 2 extents. As well as giving an overview of the methodology, the workshop would include use of an EI 15 worked example.

This forum will be of interest to anyone working in: 

  • HSE and process safety
  • Operations
  • Risk assessment, compliance and audit
  • Occupational health and wellness
  • Medical prevention and emergency response
  • Environment protection 
  • Control and monitoring

In the following sectors:

  • Oil and gas
  • Nuclear generation
  • Energy generation
  • Construction
  • Transportation
  • Chemical manufacturing
  • Engineering design

This forum will enable learning from across all sectors and sharing of international good practice, and offer excellent networking opportunities with delegates from around the world representing operating companies, product and service suppliers, consultancies, regulators and academia.

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