Organizational Change and Competency Assurance - Joint Panel

Thursday, August 7, 2014, 3:30pm-5:00pm WST

Moderator:

  • Scott Berger, Director of AIChE's Industry Technology Alliances

Session Description:

Industry mergers and acquisitions, ageing workforces leading to retirement of skilled personnel, exceptional growth in offshore activity and new onshore LNG processing demands, increasing complexity and work pace, financial and productivity imperatives  are among factors that need to be considered in maintaining process safety and competency assurance amidst organizational change.  Such factors and the systems and governance processes to deal with them, need to be part of a Board and senior management’s leadership responsibilities.  They are relevant in all industries involving high risk work such as in the offshore marine sector or the petrochemical industry whether in Australia or elsewhere in the Asia-Pacific.  One way to assess organizational ‘fitness to operate’ that has been applied in the offshore sector involves looking at three intersecting ‘capitals’.  Accelerating individual learning and maintaining competence is another challenge that will be considered in this panel session.

Schedule:

PresentationSpeaker
Drawing on Best Practice Standards and Governance to Address the Challenges of Organisational Change and Competency AssuranceRomaine Hollingworth, Governance Institute
Fitness to Operate and Safety in Changing and Unpredictable EnvironmentsMark Griffin, University of Western Australia 
Addressing the Safety Challenges of Organisational Change and Competency Assurance in the Offshore Marine IndustryMark Small, Industrial Foundation for Accident Prevention (IFAP) & Safety Institute of Australia
Make Necessary Changes Based on Lessons Learned from 11.22 Accident at QingdaoMu Shanjun and Zhang Shucai, SINOPEC
Panel Discussion  

Addressing the Safety Challenges of Organisational Change and Competency Assurance in the Offshore Marine Industry

Mark Small, Industrial Foundation for Accident Prevention (IFAP) & Safety Institute of Australia

Mark’s presentation will provide an insight into how training and competency assurance is conducted in the Maritime Industry. In particular Mark will discuss the use of high tech simulators as an initiative to improve competency assurance. Mark will also provide an overview of the new International requirements for Continued Competence training as mandated by the International Maritime Organisation.

Make Necessary Changes Based on Lessons Learned from 11.22 Accident at Qingdao

Mu Shanjun and Zhang Shucai, SINOPEC

The disaster, occurring on Nov. 22th in Qingdao China, resulted in 62 death knell and 136 injuring. It could be considered as a typical black swan event, revealing much management defect existing in petrochemical industry and giving us a costly warning that we should make substantial changes to our process safety. In this presentation, the latest investigation results about this accident will be introduced, and the introspection about the existing defect focusing on the management hierarchy and corresponding obligation as well as competency will also be shared.

Scott Berger

Scott Berger, Director of AIChE's Industry Technology Alliances, joined CCPS in 2001 after 5 years at Owens Corning, where he held a range of Environment, Health, and Safety (EHS) assignments including Director of EHS Strategic Management. Scott also worked for 18 years at Rohm and Haas Company in R&D, engineering, and EHS. Scott also has administrative responsibility for the Design Institute for Physical Properties (DIPPR), and the Design Institute for Emergency Relief (DIERS). Scott received a BS and MS from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.