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Implementing a Culture of Safety: Executive Workshop

Culture of Safety

The oil and gas industry is undergoing a major transformation. Defined by the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) the industry is adopting the Nine Values of a Culture of Safety (Taken from the BSEE Website):

Leadership Commitment to Safety Values and Actions.  Leaders demonstrate a commitment to safety and environmental stewardship in their decisions and behaviors;

Hazard Identification and Risk Management.  Issues potentially impacting safety and environmental stewardship are promptly identified, fully evaluated, and promptly addressed or corrected commensurate with their significance;

Personal Accountability.  All individuals take personal responsibility for process and personal safety, as well as environmental stewardship;

Work Processes.  The process of planning and controlling work activities is implemented so that safety and environmental stewardship are maintained while ensuring the correct equipment for the correct work;

Continuous Improvement.  Opportunities to learn about ways to ensure safety and environmental stewardship are sought out and implemented;

Environment for Raising Concerns.  A work environment is maintained where personnel feel free to raise safety and environmental concerns without fear of retaliation, intimidation, harassment, or discrimination;

Effective Safety and Environmental Communication.  Communications maintain a focus on safety and environmental stewardship;

Respectful Work Environment.  Trust and respect permeate the organization with a focus on teamwork and collaboration; and

Inquiring Attitude.  Individuals avoid complacency and continuously consider and review existing conditions and activities in order to identify discrepancies that might result in error or inappropriate action.

Originally, the construct of a Culture of Safety was for the United States Federal Offshore waters, aka Deepwater; however, the global industry is embracing these as part of their Operations Management Systems (OMS).

In this high impact, one-day executive seminar executives and others responsible for safe and environmentally accountable field operations.  Led by Dr. Scott Shemwell, an acknowledged leader in field operations and systemic risk management you will learn more in one day than you thought possible.

Moreover, some believe their organization is not required to meet these tenets because you are not an operator but simply a supplier.   Note that your customers are demanding you help them meet these tenets!  Additionally, operators are auditing the supply chain for compliance.  In some cases it is the law of the land as well.


Time                                           Agenda Item
8:00 am – 8:30 am                    Registration
8:30 am – 8:45 am                     Welcome and Overview of the Program
8:45 am – 9:45 am                     Define Culture of Safety, Drivers and Industry Approaches
9:45 am – 10:00 am                   Break
10:45 am – 12:00 pm                  Fundamentals of Change Management
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm                   Lunch
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm                     Team Exercise (Design Culture of Safety for Operations)
3:00 pm – 3:45 pm                     Break
3:45 pm – 5:00 pm                     Team Exercise (Develop Change Management Strategy)
5:15 pm – 6:30 pm                      Reception & Networking


Following the introduction and overview of the day, we will jump right into this high impact program.

Define Culture of Safety, Drivers and Industry Approaches

During this hour, we will define the following terms as well as provide background on the new regulatory requirements, other industry and economic drivers as well as case studies of industry response and expectations.

  • Safety and Environmental Management Systems (SEMS)
  • High Reliability Management
  • Culture of Safety
  • Operations Management System (OMS)
  • ISO 55000

Fundamentals of Change Management

Change does not have to be hard!  In fact, properly done organizational transformation can we widely accepted even embraced early on.  Learn the latest techniques and how to have your company relish the new business model.

Team Exercises

These hands on sessions are designed to immerse the participants in real world driven processes.  For both sessions, small teams are formed to address scenarios designed to raise real issues and develop material solutions.

Design Culture of Safety for Operations

During this exercise, the team will design a Culture of Safety Framework for their organization.  Using provided workbook materials and a framework model, the team will develop a frame and implementation criteria that can be used as the basis of your company operations.

Develop Change Management Strategy

As with the first team exercise, participants will develop a transformation strategy for their company.  The framework and other materials provided will form the basis of the organizational change management process to undertake at all levels of the organization.

Who Should Attend

The requirements for a Culture of Safety affect all levels of the organization. Senior executives as well as those specifically charged with Health, Safety and the Environment (HSE) should attend. These include:

Operators, Service Companies, Others
C level, Legal
Line of business executives, HR Consultants
Engineers. Training
Risk Management, Regulatory Agencies
IT Professionals, Others

What You Will Learn

This session will provide participants with a comprehensive overview of this critical issue in the energy industry as well as hands on experience developing solutions to address this matter. Upon completion of this day, you will be able to:

• Explain and train your organization about the industry transformation to one of a Culture of Safety
• Design, develop, implement and sustain a Culture of Safety in your organization
• Assure your Management System supports a Culture of Safety

All Attendees Receive

In addition to the formal session work book and other materials including links to relevant web based references, each participant will receive the Kindle version of Dr. Shemwell’s book on the subject: