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    IMCA safety conference details announced

    News // February 9, 2009

    Offshore health, safety and the environment come under the conference spotlight when the 8th International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) annual safety seminar takes place 11-12 March 2009 at the Minute Maid Park, Houston.

    With its theme ‘Covering the Global HSE Bases’, the two day event features formal presentations; round table discussions; and a safety share fair.

    Jointly organised with the Gulf Coast Safety and Training Group (GCSTG) the seminar, being held in the USA for the first time, has already attracted in excess of a hundred delegates from 10 countries.

    “Safety is the foundation on which so much of IMCA’s work programme is based, so the annual seminar plays an important role enabling delegates drawn from the membership of GCSTG as well as our own organisation, to learn from experiences discussed at the seminar; and to influence our ongoing work programme,” explained IMCA’s Technical Director, Jane Bugler.

    The conference opens with an introduction and welcome by Alan Allred of Aker Marine Contractors Inc, the Chairman of IMCA’s Americas Deepwater Section and Gordon Ganaway, President of GCSTG and a keynote address by Wallace Robertson, Helix Energy Solutions Group and Chairman of IMCA’s Safety, Environment & Legislation (SEL) Committee.

    Over the course of the two days delegates will hear presentations by speakers from leading contractors, oil companies and other specialist organisations on topics including: clients and contractors working together for safety; occupational health and travel medicine; behavioural and culture-based safety; and learning from incidents  by means of a series of case studies.

    During the course of the event there are round table discussions on: client/contractor relationships – working together for safety; toolbox talks – what constitutes a toolbox talk and how to get the most out of them; occupational health onboard vessels; and how to change people’s behaviour so that activities are injury and incident free.

    “The Safety Share Fair, which takes place during the lunch break on day one, sees selected delegates bringing a display of their company’s safety promotional materials to the event, enabling those present to review and discuss successful safety initiatives with each other,” explained Bugler. “We are making small booths available for the purpose and the uptake has been very encouraging”.

    Further details on the event are available at or from or IMCA, 5 Lower Belgrave Street, London SW1W 0NR, UK. Tel: +44 (0) 20 7824 5520; Fax: +44 (0) 20 7824 5521.


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