Health and Safety in the Offshore Wind Industry: Lessons from the UK
Join us for the first of our 3-part seminar series held in partnership with the University of Strathclyde and the United Kingdom's Health and Safety Executive (HSE). The series will look at lessons that can be learned from the United Kingdom's experience with offshore wind, the offshore wind training needs for the United States, and implementation recommendations.
With some of the largest offshore wind farms in the world now being planned in the US, the US community will benefit from the UK’s 25 years of experience in this area. There is an opportunity to rethink the US approach to health and safety in this sector, and examples of both successes and challenges in the UK will be helpful to shaping the future of the US offshore wind industry.
Trevor Johnson - HM Principal Inspector of Health and Safety, Energy Division – Health and Safety Executive
Trevor Johnson was appointed HM Inspector of Health and Safety in 1989, based in HSE's Newcastle under Lyme office. He was promoted to HM Principal Inspector in 1999 and transferred to the Edinburgh Office. He has been involved in the regulation of a wide range of industries including Utilities and Construction. In January 2012 He transferred to a new team in HSE’s Energy Division to regulate the Offshore Renewable Energy Sector. In 2017 the scope of this team was increased to include onshore wind.
Beate Hildenbrand - Manager of Offshore Wind, Energy Institute, G+ Offshore Wind Health and Safety Association
Beate Hildenbrand is the Manager of Offshore Wind at the Energy Institute (EI). In this role she supports the G+ Global Offshore Wind Health and Safety Organisation to deliver their work programme since 2018. Within G+ Beate has been driving the Group’s activities in North America which resulted in the launch of the G+ US Focal Group in December 2020.
Beate joined the EI in 2010 as Technical Manager for Environment and Health. In this role she managed the environment and health technical programmes at the EI and worked with the various Committees on issues relevant to the wider energy industry. She took on the position of Manager Offshore Wind in 2018. In 2019 SafetyOn was set up in partnership with the EI as a health and safety group for the onshore wind industry and Beate also supports this group since its beginning as part of her role.
Feargal Brennan - James Blyth Professor of Offshore Engineering; Head of Department of Naval Architecture, Ocean and Marine Engineering, University of Strathclyde
Feargal Brennan's area of expertise is structural integrity and its application to ships, offshore renewables and the Oil & Gas sector. He has published over two hundred papers in peer reviewed technical journals and conferences and sits on numerous national and international committees concerning structural integrity and offshore renewable energy. He is Director of the Cranfield - Oxford - Strathclyde Renewable Energy Marine Structures (REMS) Centre for Doctoral Training and Research Director of the Wind and Marine Systems and Structures (WAMSS) Centre for Doctoral Training. He is Offshore Wind Champion for the Supergen Offshore Renewable Energy programme.
Panos Stavrakakis - Head of the Centre for Organization Health & Wellbeing
Panos Stavrakakis is the Head of the Centre for Organizational Health & Wellbeing, at the UK HSE Science and Research Centre. Panos works with world class scientists to use their scientific expertise and regulatory insight to address a range of occupational risks. Panos served in Hellenic Navy from 1989 to 2011 as a Naval Engineer Officer. He is a Chartered Engineer and Scientist, Fellow member of IMarEST and holds a degree in Marine Engineering, a Master’s in health emergencies management, an MBA and a PhD in Chemical Engineering.
David Gute - Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Tufts University
David M. Gute is a professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Tufts University. He holds a joint appointment with the Department of Public Health and Community Medicine at the Tufts University School of Medicine, as well as at the Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. He directs a M.S./Ph.D. program in Environmental Health and previously served as the academic director of the Tufts in Talloires program. Prior to joining the Tufts faculty, Gute served as an assistant commissioner responsible for personal and environmental disease risk factor reductions with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and as an epidemiologist with the Rhode Island Department of Health. He has served as a consultant for a number of organizations, including the World Health Organization and AcademyHealth. Gute is a Fellow of the American College of Epidemiology.