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    IMCA safety seminar set for February 2003

    Organisations and Associations // December 6, 2002
    IMCA's second annual safety seminar is to be held on 6-7 February 2003 at St James' Park, Newcastle UK, home of Newcastle United Football Club.

    The event aims to build on the success of the earlier "Working Safer Offshore" seminar, looking at where delegates left off then, how far we've come since and how we can continue improving safety performance.

    Early in 2002, IMCA's Council, comprised of senior representatives of leading international contractors, published the following statement: "The target for IMCA is an injury-free work place. As part of the process to achieve this, a substantial continuous improvement in the LTIFR (lost time incident frequency rate) figures is to be achieved in 2002 by making use of the IMCA initiatives and by each member's use of its Safety Management System. Accordingly, IMCA encourages all members to set aggressive targets in order to achieve the ultimate goal of an injury free workplace."

    Accordingly, the seminar includes sessions focusing on current IMCA safety initiatives and inviting input from delegates based on their experiences either implementing their own safety initiatives or as part of the offshore workforce striving to stay injury-free; together with small group discussion sessions, reporting back to the seminar as a whole, on how management and workforces can work together to enhance safety.

    One of the most popular and valuable sessions at the 2002 event was a series of frank presentations from those involved in offshore incidents, including what went wrong, the effects on those involved, what had been learnt and how similar incidents can beprevented in future. Extended sessions have been included this time around, to allow similar lessons to be learned and safety information shared.

    Presentations and discussion sessions also include a focus on the IMCA safety flash system, for disseminating information on lessons learned from offshore incidents, including the opportunity for feedback on how this can be put to even better effect.

    Day 1 includes a session entitled "Safety Trading" where a number of IMCA's contractor members will be exhibiting, including posters, handouts, etc. and sharing their good ideas, current initiatives, experiences and best practice from their own organisations with the opportunity for delegates to spend time discussing with each company various aspects of how they are trying and succeeding to improve offshore safety; and learning from each other.

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