It’s 30 years since the world looked on in horror as the terrible events of Piper Alpha unfolded.

Learnings taken from that tragedy have ensured health and safety offshore is entirely different now.

How the legacy of Piper has shaped current operations and how we continue to create an even safer future was the focus of this conference – organised by Oil & Gas UK in association with the International Regulators’ Forum. Together we turned the spotlight on health and safety plant, process and people in the past, present and future.

Lord Cullen – who chaired the public inquiry into Piper Alpha – reminded delegates of the need to build on safety lessons drawn from investigations of Piper and other major accidents for our industry and its people today and tomorrow.

Specifically, we considered how the business environment affects health and safety; the impact of increased efficiency and lower costs, new operators, technological advances and engaging a ‘digital’ generation of workers. We also explored the importance of learning lessons as well as transferring experience from one generation to the next.

These topics and others were brought to life in plenary and workshop sessions by key industry and regulatory figures from around the world as well as experts from other industries.