The fifth annual OPITO Safety and Competence Conference (OSCC) has been announced. OPITO are unique in focusing solely on safety and competency in the oil and gas industry. The conference, titled ‘Leading from the Front-line’, will take place on the 4th November 2014 in the Fairmont Hotel, Abu Dhabi.

The aim of the conference is to explore the dynamic of effective leadership and change management in regards to human behaviour, and in relation to safety.

There are over 400 delegates and 25 exhibitors expected at the event, where leading figures from the oil and gas supply chain and world-renowned experts in change management will participate in keynote sessions and a panel debate focussing on ‘how leadership can implement long-term high value change and ultimately a safer workplace’.

David Doig, Group Chief Executive for OPITO, has stated:

‘The OSCC is the only global event focused on debating the issues around safety and competency in our industry in the way it relates to people. It brings together industry leaders, government bodies, regulators and training providers to share new thinking and best practice. This platform provides a unique opportunity to hear from safety leaders from other industries, learn about new thinking, find out more about global standards and new training practices and network with industry decision-makers who are committed to making the oil and gas sector safer for every employee, anywhere in the world.’

Last year’s conference was opened by the Minister of Energy for the United Arab Emirates, Suhail Mohamed Al Mazrouei, and attracted over 350 delegates from 25 countries. Judging by the expected increase in figures for the 2014 conference, next year’s is surely to have an even greater turnout. (, 17 March 2014)

You can see what’s involved in the Oil & Gas industry by checking out OPITO’s case study:

‘The importance of sustainable purchasing and supply’