UKPIA Announces Pan-sector Process Safety Forum
UK Petroleum Industry Association Limited

Oil & Gas UK
13th January 2009

PRESS RELEASE

Process Safety Forum formed to encourage cross-industry best practice sharing and learning.


UKPIA(1) and Oil & Gas UK(2) announce that in conjunction with the Chemical Industries Association and Nuclear Industry Association, a pan sector Process Safety Forum has been formed.

The Forum has been set up to provide a platform whereby initiatives, best practice, incident learnings and process safety strategy can be distilled and shared across all the industry sectors, with the aim of preventing major incidents.

Commenting on the establishment of the Forum, Chris Hunt Director General of UKPIA commented: “This is an important step forward for our industries. Incidents in the downstream oil industry in recent years have focussed attention on the need for greater sharing of knowledge and best practice across the high hazard sectors. Through the Buncefield Standards Task Group and its successor the Process Safety Leadership Group(3), the value of a wider pan industry dialogue has been demonstrated, to complement the existing safety forums within these sectors.”

Malcolm Webb, chief executive of Oil & Gas UK said: “As an industry, we are committed to making the UK offshore sector the safest place to work in the world-wide oil and gas industry; managing process safety plays a major part in achieving this. The upstream industry is already sharing best practices and learning from each other on a regular basis, especially in asset integrity and process safety. Our sharing website, workshops and network meetings are innovative tools which bring the whole industry together on the issue of safety. We are keen to share our experiences with other sectors and equally to learn from them.”

The inaugural meeting of the forum is scheduled to take place in early February to appoint a chair, approve aims and objectives and establish a work programme.

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Enquiries:

Nick Vandervell +44 (0)20 7269 7604
Chris Hunt +44 (0)20 7269 7601

Oil & Gas UK:
Britta Hallbauer +44 (0)1224 577331        
 
Notes to editors:

  1. UKPIA represents nine oil refining and marketing companies operating in the UK, which also own approximately 2,200 of the UK's 9,382 service stations. Oil & Gas UK is the leading representative organisation for the UK offshore oil and gas industry.  Its members are companies licensed by the Government to explore for and produce oil and gas in UK waters and those who form any part of the industry's supply chain.
  2. Oil & Gas UK is the leading representative organisation for the UK offshore oil and gas industry. Its members are licensed by the Government to explore for and produce oil and gas in UK waters and those who form any part of the industry’s supply chain.
  3. The Process Safety Leadership Group (PSLG),formed in July 2007 as the successor organisation to the Buncefield Standards Task Group, aims to build upon the work of the Task Group, particularly in relation to maintaining leadership to improve operating and process safety standards in the petrochemical sector. It is also taking forward outstanding matters arising from the BSTG work and examining any other recommendations coming from the Buncefield MIIB’s report.

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If you need more information,
please contact either:

Nick Vandervell
+44 (0)20 7269 7604

Chris Hunt
+44 (0)20 7269 7601