Organizational Change and Competency Assurance - Joint Panel

Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 3:30pm-5:00pm WST

Session Chair: 

  • Steve Arendt , VP-Global Oil, Gas and Chemicals at ABS Group 

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:

Presentation Speaker
Standards and Governance to Address the Challenges of Organisational Change and Competency Assurance Romaine Hollingworth, Governance Institute
Fitness to Operate and Safety in Changing and Unpredictable Environments Mark Griffin, University of Western Australia 
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
Lessons Learned and Changes following the Qingdao Accident Mu Shanjun and Zhang Shucai, SINOPEC
Moderated Panel Discussion  Professor Mile Terziovski, Dean, Curtin Graduate School of Business

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.

Lessons Learned and Changes following the Qingdao Accident

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.