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Human Factor Named the Biggest Challenge in Offshore Safety by Oil and Gas Professionals

January 23, 2012

LONDON, January 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –

Results from an industry survey ahead of Oil & Gas iQ’s 2nd annual Offshore Safety
Summit on 19-21 March 2012 in Aberdeen – http://bit.ly/wQyjC4 – where leading HSE and
offshore safety professionals will present vital information and experience on prevention
and response to critical incidents.

According to a recent survey of offshore safety professionals conducted by Oil & Gas
iQ, nearly three-quarters of survey respondents claimed there was more pressure on
offshore operators regarding Health and Safety (HSE) than there had been in previous
years. This is no doubt fuelled by recent oil spill disasters such as the Deepwater
Horizon spill, with 11 workers killed and a further 17 injured.

The survey report is released today ahead of the 2nd annual Offshore Safety Summit,
taking place 19-21 March 2012 in Aberdeen (http://www.offshoresafetysummit.com), and
names problems with technology and equipment as a worry by 10.8 per cent, with a similar
number saying that having the right processes in place and reacting to new legislation
were their firm’s biggest challenges.

At the Offshore Safety Summit 2012, leading HSE and offshore safety specialists from
oil and gas companies (ConocoPhilips, Total, Technip, ENI, Saipem, Talisman Energy, Tullow
Oil, Maersk Oil and Statoil) as well as regulatory bodies and advisors such as the HSE and
the API, will gather to discuss key current topics including: The Step Change Initiative
to reduce hydrocarbon releases by 50%, updated and best practice advice on preventing and
responding to oil spills, detailed guidance on how to develop an adequate risk assessment
strategy, and how to prepare for the regulatory changes on offshore safety about to be
introduced by the European Commission.

The summit programme includes a strategic focus day on human factors and behavioural
safety, which was highlighted in the report released today as the biggest challenge
regarding offshore safety by 48.6 per cent of respondents.

As an advance preview of the topics to be debated at the event, an exclusive interview
with Ian Stevenson, Group QHSE Director at Technip is also available. The interview, “Why
do we always need a wake up call to get HSE right?” hones in on key risk management and
risk perception concerns for all of those operating offshore.

To quote Ian, “…if HSE wasn’t high profile before, it is now extremely high profile.
And we’re seeing that not just from a reputation perspective but all the way through to a
pure technical perspective that it’s caught the attention of not just major oil companies,
but the entire supply chain of the oil and gas business because, clearly, everybody is
affected when an incident like this happens.”

To access the survey report, interview and other additional free learning resources,
visit the Offshore Safety Summit Resource Centre at http://bit.ly/wQyjC4.

About Oil and Gas iQ

Oil and Gas IQ is an information based portal dedicated to providing the latest oil
news and gas news. We explore Oil and Gas industry developments and facilitate the
continued learning of oil and gas professionals. We offer 100 technical and strategic oil
and gas conferences across Europe, Asia, the US and the Middle East. Every year we educate
almost 5,000 strategic and practical executives annually.

Find out more at http://www.oilandgasiq.com

Prices for the Offshore Safety Summit start from GBP 99 and group discounts are also
available for colleagues and divisions. For more information or to register, see the
website http://bit.ly/wQyjC4, call +44(0)20-7368-9300 or email enquire@iqpc.co.uk.

Media contact: Rosa Cortez, +44(0)20-7368-9300, rosa.cortez@iqpc.co.uk or visit


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