Abu Dhabi to host fifth annual OSCC in November 2014

Suhail Mohamed Al MazroueiThe fifth edition of OPITO Safety and Competency Conference (OSCC) will be held at the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr Hotel in Abu Dhabi, the UAE, on 4 November 2014

Suhail Mohamed Al Mazrouei, minister of energy for the UAE, will inaugurate the gathering of oil and gas operators, contractors and the supply chain. Together with training organisations, the delegates will discuss and examine how to improve standards of safety and competency to protect the workforce and the industry’s reputation.

Some of the keynote speakers to attend the event are Bob Stewart, commentator on conflicts; Karen Darke, inspirational mountaineer; and Peter Cohen, motivational speaker, who will talk about this year’s theme ‘Leading from the front-line’. The event will be chaired by Gordon Ballard, chairman of OPITO and Schlumberger UK Limited.

Al Mazrouei said, “The safety of those working in the energy industry is an absolute priory and it is vital that we continue to discuss how we continually improve the standards of safety and competence. OPITO has provided the industry and all stakeholders with a highly valuable platform and we are delighted they continue to run this event in the UAE. I urge as many people from the industry in our region to attend and demonstrate their commitment to the safety of their workers.”

According to organiser The BIG Partnership, OSCC 2014 will explore the dynamic of effective leadership and change management on human behaviours in relation to safety. The event will also outline how the industry can support a safer and more competent workforce.

David Doig, group chief executive of OPITO, added, “This year’s conference will provide delegates with valuable lessons on the impact effective leadership and change management can have on workplace safety.

“As the conference reaches its fifth year, it is encouraging to see support continuing to grow as we examine ways we can further improve safety worldwide. Previous conferences have been very successful in stimulating debate and we expect this year’s OSCC to provide further thought and discussion as well as influential networking opportunities.”

Shell is the headline sponsor of the event, which is also supported by IHRDC, Maggie Braid Associates and Petrofac.

More than 400 delegates from around the world are expected to attend this year’s event.

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