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Hazardex 2019 Conference Presentations - Forty Years of Major Hazard Prevention

26 November 2018

Are Major Accidents as rare as you think they are? In six years, there have been at least 14 major accidents since Macondo, with 137 fatalities. Is the UK still a world-class safety leader? Are you aware that in some other parts of the world they have surpassed the UK sector? In this presentation, Terry will pose some challenging questions on the "art of keeping hydrocarbons where they need to be – contained!"

Areas covered will include:

• Major Accidents – “Could never happen to me!”

• World Class Safety – “are we doing enough?”

• Process Safety – who knows?

• Sharing lessons learnt – “do we share?”

• Ageing assets – “are we pushing too hard?”

The introduction of Common Industry Process Safety Fundamentals, alongside the life-saving rules, has the potential of reducing fatal events by 75%.


Terry Cooper’s last position before retirement was Global Head of Integrity & Major Risk Management at Total Exploration & Production, ensuring that major risks are known and managed throughout the organisation’s chain of command, from CEO to Operator/Technicians.

Terry is a chemical engineer by training, with 40 years of experience in the Petrochemicals, Oil and Gas Industries. He started his career in 1979 with Davy McKee International, a design and engineering contractor. 

In 1985 he joined Total in Paris specialising in process engineering, following which he moved offshore to the Alwyn North Platform and then became responsible for new business opportunities for the St Fergus gas terminal and southern North Sea assets.

After several assignments overseas on projects and commissioning, Terry returned to Total UK to take on a leadership role as the Alwyn and Dunbar Operations Manager. After a hectic three years Terry became the HSE Director, during which time he started Total’s Safety Culture behavioural programme.

In 2007 he moved to Kazakhstan, as Production and Maintenance Director for the giant Kashagan project.


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