Theme 1: Cost of Life
Cost of life is a concept already used in other industries such as aviation and nuclear. The workshop discusses the question whether the concept of assessing cost of life is feasible and whether it could be used for the pipeline industry. Further issues: How have other industries introduced it, and how has it been received by safety regulators?
Theme 2: Safety Culture
Safety levels have improved in various industries over time, or rather accident rates have come down. Looking at other industries, for instance the chemical processing industry, achieving lower accident rates over time can be attributed to several major driving factors and corresponding areas: technical factors, human error factors, socio-technical factors, and intra-organizational factors.
The objective of the workshop is to investigate these different factors, to determine where the pipeline industry stands today, and which role these factors play in achieving a zero-incidents mindset.
Theme 3: Collateral Damage
The term collateral damage refers to the aggregate of all damaging consequences of an event (casualties, property damage, environmental damage, fines, etc.). Collateral damage from pipeline failures can result in losses of billions of dollars.
How does the pipeline industry prevent these high-consequence failures – or is the industry simply focusing on all failures (small and big)? How have operators reacted to these failures, and how have they changed, including lessons learned. How do other industries manage these high-cost failures, and how are these incidents reduced?