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HSE GOM will bring together leaders from the offshore community to share insights and best practices for enhancing safety. (Image source: Adobe Stock)

HSE

The inaugural Health, Safety & Environment Gulf of Mexico conference (HSE GOM) takes place at Hilton Greenway Plaza Houston Texas from 8-9 October 2024, providing an unparalleled opportunity to connect with the region’s offshore HSE community

The growing focus on health, safety and environment is putting pressure on the Gulf of Mexico’s oil and gas sector to update their strategies. Operators in the region grapple with key challenges such as the Covid hangover, getting workers on board, ageing assets and, notably, evolving stringent regulations kick-started by the events around the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

To combat these challenges, stakeholders are engaging in a range of best practices and deploying new technologies in order to bring their workforce together and mitigate risk for their operations moving forward.

Sharing best practices

HSE GOM will bring together leaders from the offshore community to share insights and best practices for enhancing safety standards and performance across the region. More than 20 expert speakers from companies including Apache Corporation, Baker Hughes, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, Center for Offshore Safety, MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company, Murphy Oil Corporation, Shell and Weatherford will present on crucial topics across the four main themes of safety culture; process safety; planning and preparation; and technology and innovation.

“At HSE GOM, you’ll gain exclusive access to operator best practices and innovative technologies, exploring strategies to enhance safety performance across the region,” said Jack Heffernan, project manager. “Engage with 150 influential decision-makers during our dedicated networking sessions in our technology showcase hall, to catalyse potential partnerships and enhance your presence in the market. Don’t miss out as we hear from regulators including BSEE on standards development, explore industry-leading strategies for cultivating a robust safety culture, and discover cutting-edge advancements in PPE, ensuring the region’s workforce are optimally equipped.”

For full information, download the brochure at https://events.offsnet.com/HSEGOM2024#/Brochure

Contact Jack Heffernan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information on attending, sponsoring or exhibiting.

Distress calls dropped by 7.6% in 2023. (Image source: Inmarsat)

Industrial

The 2024 edition of The Future of Maritime Safety Report from Inmarsat Maritime calls for the maritime industry to embrace data sharing and collaborative problem-solving as the industry navigates significant changes, such as the transition to greener propulsion technologies

The report recommends that the shipping industry establishes a list of standard data points to monitor and report, including casualties and incidents, injuries or deaths at sea, and near misses. It also endorses trend analysis to support the development of safety measures, with a particular emphasis on developing risk treatments for well-known and recurring issues.

The report reveals that Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) distress calls decreased by 7.6% in 2023 over the previous year. Despite this decline, the service was still triggered on 788 occasions, underlining the ongoing challenges in maritime safety and the need for improvements. It highlights the emergence of potential new safety risks associated with future fuels, and escalating geopolitical tensions.

Identifying trends

Peter Broadhurst, senior vice president, Safety and Regulatory, Inmarsat Maritime, said, “By harnessing the power of anonymised safety data, we can identify trends, develop specific mitigation measures, and enhance the overall safety of our ships and crews."

He noted that modern technology offers unprecedented opportunities to improve safety through better data analysis and sharing.

“We collect vast amounts of safety data, yet the current siloed-working model hinders our ability to fully leverage the actionable insights available to us. By pooling data, we can create a more holistic and objective view of maritime safety to inform performance improvements and ultimately reduce the occurrence of preventable safety incidents to save lives at sea.”

The new uvex phynomic cut glove range is manufactured in Germany using 3D hand ‘formas’ to mimic the contours of the hand. (Image source: uvex)

PPE

uvex has announced the launch of new safety eyewear and safety gloves, which it will be showcasing at the Health and Safety Event in Birmingham, UK from 30 April-2 May

Employers have a legal duty to safeguard employees from stress at work. (Image source: Canva)

Training

Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and NEBOSH launched a new one-day qualification aimed at managing and controlling stress in the workplace.

Figures from the HSE indicate that stress, depression, or anxiety were the primary causes of work-related ill health in 2021/22, accounting for 17 million lost working days. Work-related stress can be triggered by six main factors: demands, control, support, relationships, role, and change.

Employers have a legal duty to safeguard employees from stress at work by conducting risk assessments and implementing necessary measures. The new NEBOSH HSE Certificate in Managing Stress at Work equips managers with the knowledge to identify and mitigate workplace stressors proactively.

HSE’s Working Minds Campaign

Throughout April, the HSE has been advocating for employers to adopt five straightforward steps to prevent and reduce workplace stress. These steps, encapsulated in the 5 Rs, are: reaching out and having conversations with employees to discuss their stressors and concerns, recognising the signs and causes of stress in the workplace, responding to any risks identified by taking action to address and mitigate them, reflecting on the effectiveness of the measures implemented, and making stress management a routine part of regular workplace practices.

The course is based on the HSE's current methodology for managing and controlling work-related stress. It provides an overview of the fundamental principles of work-related stress and its link to mental health issues. The course targets individuals responsible for employee wellbeing or managing workplace stress, including health and safety professionals, HR professionals, occupational health professionals, line managers, and supervisors.

By offering this qualification, HSE and NEBOSH aim to empower organisations to foster healthier work environments and reduce the prevalence of stress-related illnesses, ensuring better mental health and productivity for employees.

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