At the annual Energy Industry SHE Management Conference on the 4th and 5th May Powering Improvement was featured prominently in the first session following the keynote speakers. Peter McCormick (PI Coordinator, ENA), Roger Bibbings (Occupational Safety Adviser, RoSPA), Dan Shears (National Health, Safety and Environment Policy Officer, GMB Trade Union) and John Steed (HM Principal Specialist Inspector, HSE) all spoke on the topic and promoted the PI intiative to the assembled industry delegates. All the presentations given at SHE2012 can be downloaded from the Energy Networks Association website here.
Mike Leppard (ENA) travelled to Asunción, Paraguay to deliver a presentation on Powering Improvement at the biannual ISSA International Health & Safety conference being held there. The website for the conference can be found here.
A joint workshop with ISSA, the International Social Security Organisation, gave representatives of the UK electricity industry the opportunity to spread the Powering Improvement message beyond UK shores. At the workshop in Linosee Germany, delegates from across Europe took the opportunity to discuss the implications of asset management and maintenance on safety and share best practice across national borders.
The first Powering Improvement Workshop of 2012 was held on the 22nd March to discuss the interlinked relationships between asset management, maintenance and safety. Speakers from HSE and Scottish Power imparted their views on this complex issue to delegates who then broke into syndicate groups for further debates. The workshop concluded with two presentations outlining signifigant historical failures in asset management and maintenance - BP Texas City as a macro-example from abroad and a fatal accident involving failure of test probe bushings in the UK. The agenda and presentations from this workshop can be found on the General Tools page of the PI website.