Industry leaders in HSE met in Dubai for a series of talks on how digitalisation, and keeping workers connected, can bridge the safety gap for oil and gas companies. Click through gallery for the names and titles of participants

Roundtable participants

Miroslav Kafedzhiev:

VP and general manager, Middle East, Russia, Turkey, Africa, Honeywell Safety and Productivity Solutions (panel co-chairman)

Abdullatif Albitawi:

UAE branch treasurer, IIRSM

Alex George

: Corporate HSE director, China State Construction Engineering Corporation

Ephraim Ebodaghe:

HSE director, Dragon Oil

Irfan Syed:

Product marketing leader, Middle East, Russia, Turkey, Africa, Honeywell Safety and Productivity Solutions

Kaushik Roy:

Head of risk management advisory, Middle East, DNV GL

Mahmoud Sofrata:

Sales director, Middle East, Russia, Turkey, Africa, Honeywell Industrial Safety

Mike Sutherland:

Vice president, Offshore Operations, McDermott

Moheeb Obaid:

HSE manager offshore, ADNOC Drilling Moderated and co-chaired by Carla Sertin, editor, Oil & Gas Middle East

When we talk about a “connected worker”, we are talking about a connected, digital, safety solution that integrates smart, wearable sensors with a cloud-based software platform. It represents a new era of safety for workers.

  • What we are talking about here is the critical importance of the human element. If a worker is properly educated and trained, safety improvements can be expected.

  • Leveraging digitalisation for the sake of it, however, is not the answer. There should be clear health, safety and productivity benefits to implementing digital technology.

  • Organisations need to feel confident that their systems can be fully secured when considering investments in connected digital technologies.

  • As the industry continues to evolve and digitisation becomes more widespread, the way we provide safety solutions is changing, too. Providing safety as a service, rather than products, is increasingly gaining traction