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XVI International Forum on Industrial Safety was held in St. Petersburg from 5 to 8 June


This year, the Forum venue was Hilton Hotel located in a modern exhibition area Expoforum.

The XVI International Forum on Industrial Safety was attended by representatives of major companies, state supervision authorities and international organizations. Throughout its history, the Forum has welcomed guests from 39 countries. In 2018, this geography was expanded by participants from Nigeria and Serbia.

Although the business program started on June 6, the day before the guests had already had the chance to enjoy a wide range of entertainments while visiting the Pulkovo Observatory or magnificent parks and palaces of Peterhof, one of the most beautiful suburbs of St. Petersburg. The business program of the XVI International Forum on Industrial Safety was opened by the greeting of Sergey Kiselev, Director of GCE LLC. Mr. Kiselev addressed all Forum participants, greeted and thanked the sponsors of the event and the media, covering the course of the largest business event in the industry.

The first session, entitled "On the way to the ideal industrial safety system”, began with greetings from Sergey Lebedev, Chairman of the CIS Executive Committee, and from the international environmental organization Greenpeace addressed to the Forum. In his address to the Forum participants, Mr. Lebedev underlined the authoritative role of the event that he had acquired in recent years as a platform to prevent man-made disasters. In a greeting prepared by the world-famous organization Greenpeace, the inextricability of the link between ecology and industrial safety was noted. Greenpeace expressed special gratitude to the organizers of the Forum for the opening of the section "Trends and innovations in ecology", which will allow to form a common view of ecologists and industry representatives on the current situation in industrial safety.

The first report of the session, "Oil spills in the Russian Federation: causes and solutions", was presented by Vladimir Chuprov, Head of Energy Program of Greenpeace Russia. In his presentation, Vladimir Alekseevich spoke about the main reason for oil spills on field pipelines - corrosion - and methods of preventing it. The importance of state institutions and their methods for regulating this issue was noted, in particular, the importance of the role of Rostechnadzor.

Another presentation at the Forum was made by Chris Mawer, Vice-President for HSE of British Petroleum Russia. His report "Corporate risk management" was devoted to the production management system implemented in BP, which includes a system of internal control over operational risks and risks in the field of labor safety. The main focus of Mr. Mawer was that it is impossible to completely exclude risks in any human activity, especially in the oil and gas industry. Thus, BP has implemented the practice of designing "barriers" for risk management. "The positive effect of the implementation of risk management practices is possible only with a permanent analysis of the components of production in order to understand those factors that have an emergency potential and to monitor the effectiveness of the barriers functioning", said Mr. Mawer.

XVI International Forum on Industrial Safety was held in St. Petersburg from 5 to 8 June

The final presentation in the first session was the report of one of the heads of the Department of Petroleum Resources of the Republic of Nigeria Mrs. Sibeudu Onyebuchi. Oil and gas are still the main sources of energy in the world, and, emphasizing that Nigeria is the largest producer of oil on the African continent, Mrs. Sibeudu provided statistics that allow to get acquainted with the country's oil and gas industry. Mrs. Sibeudu’s main focus was on the government's desire to reduce the number of accidents occurring at oil and gas companies. At the moment the number of these accidents is unacceptably high - on the average there is one accident per week. Most of these accidents occur due to the so-called "human factor", which calls for staff development. To achieve this goal, the Government of Nigeria is implementing a training program for personnel: starting in the fourth quarter of 2018, all employees of processing enterprises will have to undergo a basic training course on occupational safety and industrial safety. According to the target indicators of the program, 120 thousand people will have to undergo such training. The implementation of this program, according to the forecasts of the Department of Petroleum Resources, will reduce the number of accidents by 50%. Also, a certain innovation for the oil and gas industry in Nigeria will be the introduction of requirements for assessing the mental health of workers. "The importance of this innovation is due to a change in the nature of the errors allowed by personnel - from behavioral to cognitive and logical," the speaker noted.

The second session of the Forum "Best practices to ensure trouble-free operation" was opened with welcoming words on behalf of the President of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs Alexander Shokhin and from the Minister of Labor and Social Protection Maxim Topilin. In his greeting, Mr. Topilin emphasized that labor protection always goes hand in hand with industrial safety.

The second session was opened by Mikhail Savin, Deputy Head of Fire Rescue Robotics Research Center of EMERCOM, who told about innovative developments to ensure trouble-free operation of the enterprise. The main accent of the presentation was demonstration of a robotic platform intended for conducting exploratory work in emergency situations.

The subject of occurrence and prevention of emergencies at production was raised by the representative of the Czech company RSBP in Russia Maxim Shershon. As an introduction, talking about the company RSBP, which provides comprehensive services in the field of safety and labor protection when working in a potentially explosive environment, Mr. Shershon spoke about materials with explosive potential.

Tatyana Bobrovitskaya, General Manager for HSE in Shell Russia, in her presentation "Ensuring process safety in Shell" drew attention to the importance of such a question as a safety culture. While telling about the 12 vital rules adopted in Shell, Bobrovitskaya stressed the importance of forming a safety culture among workers, implying that safety rules must be respected not as requirements from management. "Personnel should be aware that their safety and life depends on quality of fulfillment of these rules," Tatyana said.

Also, on June 6, the parallel section of the Forum - "Trends and Innovations in Ecology" opened. 8 speakers were announced to participate in the section moderated by Alexander Stakanov, Director of GCE - Ecology.

On June 7, Alexander Moskalenko, President of GCE Group, made his traditional presentation at the main section of the Forum. This time Mr. Moskalenko’s subject was the risk-oriented approach, problems and issues arising in the course of its implementation. Alexander Vladimirovich told about the concept of acceptable risk and also agreed with Chris Mawer from BP in the fact that the risks to reduce to "zero" is impossible. The main risk for any company is the risk of death. "The concept of risk is embedded in all minds: the risk has ceased to be something new and unexpected," Mr. Moskalenko said stressing that for effective risk management it is necessary to derive the so-called "risk limits".

One of the parallel sections, which took place on June 7, was devoted to practical matters. It was a section on ensuring a safety culture at the enterprise. Within the framework of this section, challenges related to creating safe working conditions at potentially hazardous enterprises were discussed, as well as changes in the specific regulations. In addition, training "Stay alive, or five steps towards zero accidents" was held. The training was conducted by Business Relations representative Denis Kuzmin, a specialist in occupational safety and health. After a brief presentation on the topic of "zero accidents", the coach suggested that the participants split into three teams and study labor protection cases. The cases study evoked a lot of emotions and a lively discussion of their results. Participants who attended the training noted the relevance of the proposed approaches and the need for training at their enterprises.

The Forum ended on June 8. On this day, the participants enjoyed the cultural program, visited the Pavlovsk park with the palace, the former residence of the imperial family, and the world-famous Amber Room, a masterpiece of 18th-century art located in the Catherine Palace.

Forum participant’s opinion

«I would like to congratulate the organizers of the IX International Forum on Industrial Safety – the GCE Group and its partners for holding the Forum and for gathering the representatives of public authorities from numerous countries, the representatives of industry as well as safety experts to discuss ‘what’s new’ in safety.»

Lukasz Wyrowski

Lukasz Wyrowski, Officer in Charge, Secretariat of the UNECE Convention on the Transboundary Effects of Industrial Accidents