OPITO 2014 to address importance of effective leadership in energy sector

DavidDoigDavid Doig said that it is the employers only who can ultimately drive long-term, high value change in an organisation. (Image source: OPITO)The OPITO Safety and Competence Conference (OSCC) 2014, which will be held on 4 November in Abu Dhabi, will address the importance of effective leadership required for safety and competence in oil and gas industry

The fifth annual OSCC is a global event focussing on safety and competence in oil and gas industry. The conference at Fairmont Bab al Bahr Hotel will be officially inaugurated by Suhail Mohamed Al Mazrouei, minister of energy in the UAE.

The event will bring together global oil and gas industry leaders, government bodies, regulators and training providers to share thinking and best practice.

David Doig, group chief executive of OPITO, said, “The oil and gas industry has to change in its approach to safety and competence. Staying the same is simply not good enough. Despite improvements, too many major and minor incidents and accidents are still happening from the Gulf of Mexico to the North Sea, from the Middle East to Southeast Asia.”

According to Doig, it takes bold and inspirational leaders to make change happen effectively, to bring people on board and make them part of that change. “This will ensure that they embrace the change rather than fear it. New ways of doing things will only happen if people understand why they need to change,” he added.

Sponsor Shell will also outline how the exploration and production company is stepping up its approach to leadership in safety through a new global programme.

Doig noted, “The nature of our industry which operates some of the most complex technology in some of the most hazardous areas in the world, dictates that there will always be risk. It is how we effectively prepare and support our people to reduce the risks that ultimately dictate our success.”

OPITO works all over the world to implement global safety standards for oil and gas industries.

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