Improve Safety,

Reduce Incidents,

Save Lives

Monday 9th – Tuesday 10th November

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Day 1 – Monday 9th November 2020

09:00 – 09:15 EST

14:00 – 14:15 BST

Logins Open

Meetings & Networking Session 1

09:15 – 09:30 EST

Welcome to the Congress

Hosted by: Paul Clark

09:30 – 10:30 EST

Opening Keynote Panel

Moderated by: Bob Moschetta, Paradigm HP

Title: Courageous Leadership

This year, more than any other year we have seen examples of all different types of Leadership, some inspirational and some not so much.  Navigating your people and your organisation through these unprecedented challenges successfully has required courage.  What traits do courageous leaders have and how can we capture the courageous leadership spirit that we have seen during the pandemic and distill that into the traits of a newly developing leader in the years to come?

10:30 – 11:20 EST

Roundtable Sessions 1 & 2

Session 1:

Hosted by: Axiom Medical

Title: TBC


Session 2:

Hosted by: Derek Sang, Technical Training Manager, Bulwark Protective Apparel, VF Corp

Title: Ask Us Anything! Care, Maintenance, and Education of your workforce related to Flame Resistant Apparel is key to a successful protective apparel program.  Are you in compliance or skating on thin ice?


This dialogue session will bring together individuals representing viewpoints on internal protective apparel programs.   Current standards for FR apparel are always changing.  In this roundtable session, the panelist will review the latest changes to NFPA 70E (Arc Flash), NFPA 2112 (Flash Fire), NFPA 2113 (Care & Maintenance) and invite important dialogue from the audience related to their respective programs.  The number one citation issued by OSHA related to protective apparel programs is ineffective care & maintenance.  We will discuss proper education in the standards and understanding the underlying technology of these personal protective tools in order to facilitate improved compliance within your organization.  The tools and technology have significantly improved over the last few years.  Are we in compliance with the latest technology and standards requirements?  

Roundtable members should expect to depart with a better understanding of how to improve their protective apparel programs through better education, improved resources, and new technology.

11:20 – 11:40 EST

Networking & Meetings 3

11:40 – 12:10 EST

Workshop 1

Hosted by: Jennifer Guidry, Vice President, Global HSE, Precision Drilling Corporation

Title: Human & Organizational Performance – how we design work



12:10 – 12:30 EST

Networking & Meetings 4

12:30 – 13:00 EST

Workshop 2

Hosted by: Britt Howard, Group Director, Assurance, Worley

Title: Engaging the Work-Family During Normal Times and Covid-19 Time

We will review how important it is to engage our work family that are working in the field / on the shop floor during COVID-19

The presentation will cover the review of how important it is engage the work family through all levels of the organization especially in the field or on the shop floor during normal times and COVID-19 time. Discussion points will include the importance of engaging work family members at home, in the office, and in the field / on the shop floor in person and virtually. With Universal COVID-19 Spread Prevention steps in place globally, leadership must approach the engagement styles and principles. We will share amongst the participants the importance of company values and how they must be communicated and the work family behaviors should be consistent with them.

3 key take-ways:

  1. Understand why work family engagement is important to morale, efficiency, and stress management.

  2. Learn inspiring ways to engage work family members during COVID-19 Spread Prevention Lock Downs / Isolation.

  3. Understand why company values should be established, communicated, and exemplified at all times, but most importantly now.

13:00 – 13:40 EST

Lunch & Meetings & Networking 5&6

13:40 – 14:10 EST

Workshop 3

Hosted by: Nippin Anand, Founder, Novellus Solutions

Title: Are we really learning from accidents?

A short presentation to illustrate why relying on accidents as a proxy of safety can prove misleading.

Many organisations collect copious data about accidents and incidents with the objective to improve safety. This presentation will challenge your views about accidents and encourage you to think differently about the relationship between accidents and safety. The participants may feel uncomfortable at the end of this session which, in our view, is an ideal space to experience learning and transformation. 

Key takeaway 

The leap from candles to lightbulbs did not come from asking the same questions. 

Innovation requires shifting perspectives.

14:10 – 14:30 EST

Meetings & Networking 7

14:30 – 15:00 EST

Workshop 4

Hosted by: John Green, SNC Lavalin

Title: Shifting Gears

Many organisations are looking to improve the management of safety and many safety practitioners are wondering what this looks like and how they can support of even initiate such change. This session will examine the key areas of focus as well as the personal changes needed within the safety profession to allow such occur.

15:00 – 15:20 EST

Meetings & Networking 8

15:20 – 16:00 EST

Workshop 5

Hosted by: Larry Wilson, Author and Co-CEO, SafeStart International

Title: Defenseless Moments: A Different Perspective On Serious Injuries And Fatalities

Recordable injuries have come down over the last 10 years but serious injuries and fatalities have not–why? One potential explanation is that the standard model or matrix for risk assessment (probability of severity vs. probability of occurrence) didn’t include human factors: The component or piece of metal doesn’t care if it fails or breaks, but we do. In this session participants will learn what really causes the majority of serious injuries and fatalities. It is not intuitive.  More importantly, they will also learn four critical error reduction techniques that have been proven to significantly reduce serious injuries with over 4,000,000 employees in 66 countries, 24/7.


Day 2 – Tuesday 10th November 2020

09:30 – 10:30 EST

Opening Panel Discussion

Moderated by: Larry Wilson, Author and Co-CEO, SafeStart International

Title: Key Performance Indicators that get Senior Management Attention


  • Jim Spigener, Chief Client Officer, Dekra
  • Alex Carnevale, Chief Performance Officer, Etex
  • Dr. Waddah Ghanem, Senior Director, Sustainability, Operational and Business Excellence, Emirates National Oil Company
  • Paul Hendry, VP-HSE, Jacob’s Engineering
  • Dr. Anthony Panepinto, Director HSE, Sr. Epidemiologist, Procter & Gamble


10:30 – 11:20 EST

Roundtable Sessions 3 & 4

Session 3:

Hosted by: Huco Consulting


One of the main challenges EHS&S leaders all face is in finding the right tactics to achieve their objectives. As your company grows (or becomes lean), and has greater need for data, what is your strategy to adapt and use new tools, features or functionality? Pencil whipping, or simply requiring interaction metrics with software is an ineffective way to increase user adoption of new software and technology. During this session we will discuss best strategies to address tactics that can be used to overcome common challenges as your organization adapts to new tools and technology including: 1) Starting with the end in mind, 2) Achieving alignment with IT & 3) Determining the right tactics for your objectives .

Session 4:

Hosted by: Enhesa

Title: Lessons learned in the aftermath of COVID-19


In the aftermath of COVID-19, companies around the world are struggling to understand the “new normal” and determine what it means for their global operations. It is difficult to implement a company-wide policy when there are great differences in how jurisdictions continue to react to the global pandemic. During this session, we will explore some best practices for going back to work and maintaining a healthy workplace moving forward. We will also explore the social and psychological implications of COVID-19 as they will continue to impact operations for months to come. 

11:20 – 11:40 EST

Meetings & Networking 10

11:40 – 12:10 EST

Workshop 6

Hosted by: Corrie Pitzer, CEO and Founder, SAFEmap International 

Title: The Holy Grail in safety: Predicting and preventing fatalities. Is it possible?

Despite our advances in technology and analytics, there is one thing still elusive and unknown to us: where and when will the next fatality happen? This session will cover a process of discovering a new ‘layer’ of high risk exposures in an organization – the potential fatal events that exists only for a few minutes, even seconds, then disappear, or are so deeply hidden from normal assessment processes that it may never be discovered, until it happens. It is called ‘far misses’.

  • Understanding of the 6Y model of “human interaction with risks”

  • Cultural drivers of risks exposure

  • Risk discovery a process. 

12:10 – 12:30 EST

Meetings & Networking 11

11:40 – 12:10 EST

Workshop 7

Hosted by: Paradigm HP

Title: Organisational Drift – Human Error or Custom and Practice?

Organisational drift is the slow erosion of correct process and procedure; it is the gap between what management think should be happening and reality!  Or as we call it “Work as Imagined vs Work as Done” and, while the job is getting done successfully, it is all too easy to turn a blind eye, assume that everything is good and not ask some difficult questions.

When things don’t go according to plan and there is an incident or some other sort of failure in achieving the desired outcome, organisational drift can be passed off as Human Error but, often in these instances, there was no ‘error’.  An error is something we didn’t intend to do but organisational drift is different – we did intend to do it that way and we were fully cognisant of that intent.  The complication is that we might not recognise or accept that we were violating a rule but that we were simply following custom and practice.

This workshop explores

  1.       The dichotomy of human error verses organisational drift and

  2.       Why determining which we are faced with when things go wrong is absolutely critical for recovery and organisational learning, and

  3.       Some exploratory questions you can ask in your workplace to uncover organisational drift BEFORE things go wrong!

13:00 – 13:40 EST

Lunch and Networking & Meetings 12 & 13

11:40 – 12:10 EST

Workshop 8

Hosted by: Rosa Carrillo, President, Carrillo & Associates

Title: The Relationship Factor of Safety Leadership

The Objectives

  1.     Understand why the research on the relationship factor is it important to who your organization’s levels of engagement and safety performance.

  1.     Leave with specific ideas to help you implement the relationship centered approach.

  1.     Name the factors that create psychological safety, and how it impacts safety performance 

Research shows that to improve safety performance we need to go beyond rules, procedures and engineering improvements. Safety professionals will need to enhance their knowledge and skills in the Socio emotional arena and in workplace psychology. 

This presentation introduces Relationship Centered Leadership, a framework and methodology that individuals, teams, organizations, and even larger social systems can use to build trust, accountability, and high performance with compassion, curiosity, and courage. The focus is on improving safety performance.

14:10 – 14:30 EST

Networking & Meetings 14

14:30 – 15:00 EST

Workshop 9

Hosted by: Robert Sheninger, Talos Energy

Title: Providing Effective Training in the Age of COVID

If you asked your employees how effective is your HSE training program what would they say? Most of us would hope to hear things like our organization’s training is value-added, content is fresh and the time spent in training is well spent. Unfortunately, this is not predominantly the case since we often hear that training is boring, stale and not an effective use of one’s time. The challenge we all face when it comes to HSE training, especially today when in-person options are limited, is that it is a critical component of our businesses to ensure we have competent individuals who can make sound decisions, speak up when something is not right and provide proactive feedback when needed. In this session you will see how Talos Energy created a paradigm shift in training mentality come the conventional to unconventional leading to a vast improvement in the learning experience for both employees and contractors. 


Key Takeaways:

  •         Current challenges and obstacles in training development and delivery  

  •         New techniques employed to create organization-specific training material that could be easily delivered to an infinite number of employees at minimal cost 

  •         Opportunities to create micro-learning opportunities and regular updates to existing material to improve the learning

15:00 – 15:20 EST

Networking & Meetings 15

15:20 – 15:50 EST

Workshop 10

Hosted by: TBC

Title: TBC


15:50 – 14:15 EST

Closing Ceremony

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