What would you do to drive better performance and gain industry alignment in the health, safety, security, and environmental (HSSE) sphere? The industry is often judged by regulators, the public, and governments, on the basis of its lowest performers. Is there a way to build a more consistent and collaborative culture across the industry so that everyone shares the same objectives of reducing safety incidents to zero and protecting the environment?
These were some of the issues of the first young professionals (YP) session at the 2011 SPE Americas E&P Health, Safety, Security, and Environmental (HSSE) Conference held 21–23 March in Houston. The session, organized by a YP committee of the Gulf Coast Section, included presentations from industry experts on some of the challenges the industry faces in aligning HSSE performance expectations among organizations and personnel. In breakout sessions, participants formed teams to develop an approach or idea to address specific challenges. Student participants focused on water resource management and created a plan of action for sustainability.