IADC Health, Safety, Environment & Training Conference & Exhibition

Start: 18 February 2020
End: 19 February 2020

Venue: Omni Hotel Houston Westside
Location: Houston, TX, USA


Registration Information

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  • Registration fee: IADC Member: $550  Non-Member: $685
  • Employees of federal regulatory agencies may be eligible for a 50% discount on conference registration.
  • Speakers, sponsors and exhibitors are not eligible for online registration. (Complete the Conference Registration Form PDF below)
  • In order to receive a letter of invitation, IADC requires payment via Wire Transfer. The wire transfer information is included on the registration form. (Complete the Conference Registration Form PDF below)
  • Click here to download the Conference Registration Form (PDF format)

For questions regarding the conference, please contact Stephanie Carling at stephanie.carling@iadc.org or +1.713.292.1945.


The IADC Health, Safety, Environment, & Training Conference & Exhibition will be held 18-19 February 2020 at the Omni Houston Hotel Westside.  This conference examines a range of topics impacting accident prevention, environmental protection, competency, and training in the drilling industry.

Conference Program

Tuesday, 18 February

7:15 am Registration, Coffee Service & Exhibition Texas Ballroom & Foyer  

7:30 am Speaker Briefing (Speakers, Moderators & Session Chairs only) Texas Ballroom 5-7

8:15 am Welcome & Introduction Texas Ballroom 5-7

  • Jason McFarland, President, IADC
  • Cody Ashley, Co-Chair, IADC HSE Committee; Latshaw Drilling

8:35 am Keynote Presentation: Julie Robertson, 2020 IADC Chair; Chairman of the Board, President & Chief Executive Officer, Noble Corporation
Julie Robertson was named Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of Noble Corporation in January 2018.  Previously, she served as Executive Vice President of the Company from February 2006 and as Senior Vice President – Administration from July 2001 to February 2006. Ms. Robertson also served continuously as Corporate Secretary of Noble since December 1993 until assuming the Chairman’s role in 2018. She also served as Vice President – Administration of Noble Drilling from 1996 to July 2001. She earned a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin and attended the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard School of Business.

9:05 am Chemical Safety Board Workgroup Recommendations
This panel will address the recommendations made by the Chemical Safety Board regarding the Pryor Trust Well Blowout.  It will highlight their current status, as well as the importance of industry collaboration toward addressing and improving safety.

  • Holly Hopkins, Sr Policy Advisor, Upstream & Industry Operations, API
  • Charles Barbee, Director of Recommendations, US Chemical Safety Board

10:05 am Coffee Service & Exhibit Viewing 

Session Chair: Carlos Arriola, ExxonMobil
10:40 am WellsInMind: Chris Parker, Human Performance Lead Advisor, Global Wells Organization, BP
Human Performance plays an important role in the overall safety of drilling operations. Though the industry has made significant strides with many corporate initiatives, to help advance these efforts an Industry Work Group is exploring an integrated and collaborative approach that will establish an online Human Performance resource. This site will provide access to common definitions, training, and practical workplace tools. It will also share best practices and work to create an industry-wide Human Performance organization based on the success of the global DROPS initiative. This initiative is called WellsInMind, is an independent Forum across the Wells and Drilling sectors that has launched a pilot website for practical and applicable content.

11:10 am Featured Address: Craig Rucker, President, CFACT
Craig Rucker is a co-founder of CFACT and currently serves as its executive director. For over 20 years, Craig has provided expertise to a wide range of government, academic, media, and industry forums. He serves as co-host of CFACT’s daily national radio commentary called “Just the Facts” that has been airing on some 125 radio stations from coast to coast since 1993. Rucker has written extensively on numerous environmental policy issues, and his work has been featured in such media outlets as CNN, the BBC, USA Today, the Des Moines Register, the Cleveland Plain-Dealer, The Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post. Rucker has had primary responsibility for helping build CFACT’s Collegians program on more than 40 campuses across the country, and has attended or brought student delegations to major United Nations conferences in Copenhagen, Istanbul, Kyoto, Bonn, Marrakesh, Cancun, and Montreal. Rucker has a wife and four sons, and currently resides in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.

11:55 am Luncheon & Exhibit Viewing Lakeview Room

Moderator: Richard Grayson, Nabors Corporate Services
1:15 pm Improving Well Control Knowledge Retention and Competence: Brooke Polk, Director Program Development & Technology, Mark Denkowski, Patty Tydings, IADC
According to numerous recent scientific studies, spaced micro-learning is the key to knowledge retention. This form of structured continuous learning combats the “Ebbinghaus Forgetting Curve,” which illustrates the rate at which people forget what they have learned. Based on this proven strategy, IADC has created a new system, Knowledge Retention and Education for Our Workforce (KREW), to improve retention of the well control concepts our rig crews have learned in their WellSharp courses. To establish a baseline of knowledge-retention data, IADC has reviewed the current scientific literature and conducted a study involving WellSharp trainees who were returning to renew their credentials after 2 years. The research reveals a wide variation in data related to retention, depending on a number of factors, but IADC’s study of WellSharp trainees shows that they forget about 31% of what they learned initially. This presentation will reveal the full set of data gathered in this research.

1:45 pm How to Accommodate Automation with Competency Assurance
The pace of industry’s change is led by its technology, particularly in terms of automation. As a growing facet of daily rig operations, automation is creating new and more complex challenges for competence assurance. In this panel discussion, panelists will share how their companies are incorporating automation content into their evaluation of knowledge and skills, managing the technology aspects of their competence programs, proactively addressing the challenges as they arise, and managing the changes that are needed for assuring competence.   

  • Deric Simmons, Director, Organizational Development & Learning, Precision Drilling
  • Additional panelist to be named

2:45 pm Coffee Service & Exhibit Viewing  

3:15 pm Engineering Controls to Reduce Drill Site Hazards: Barbara Alexander, Sr Service Fellow, Bradley King, John Snawder, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
Physical hazards in oil- and gas-drilling may be more visible than exposure hazards. Hazardous exposures on a drilling site include ergonomic risks, dermal exposures and inhalation of vapors, mists and particulates. Usage of an effective engineering control is a preferred method of reducing or eliminating a hazardous exposure. NIOSH researchers have identified several areas where engineering controls such as local exhaust ventilation or ergonomic lifting devices can safeguard worker health.

3:45 pm API Onshore Safety Program Panel
This panel will cover the scope and direction of API’s Onshore Safety Program Proposal and provide viewpoints from their executive steering committee at the drilling contractor, well servicing and allied trade perspective.

  • Emily Hague, Sr Policy Advisor, Upstream and Industry Operations, API
  • Kenny Jordan, Executive Director, Association of Energy Service Companies
  • Warren Hubler, VP, HSE & Training, Helmerich & Payne IDC 

5:00 pm Welcoming Reception & Exhibit Viewing Texas Ballroom & Foyer

Wednesday, 19 February

7:15 am Registration, Coffee Service & Exhibition Texas Ballroom & Foyer

8:20 am Welcome & Introduction Texas Ballroom 5-7

  • Rhett Winter, Director, Government & Industry Affairs – Onshore, IADC
  • Lisa Mullens, Chair, IADC Workforce Development Committee; Transocean

8:35 am Human & Organizational Performance: Bethany Moore, Process Quality Engineer
Human & Organizational Performance (HOP) revolutionizes reliability culture by shifting our focus from inevitable human mistakes towards holistic system weaknesses. This presentation will introduce fundamental lessons learned through the lens of a dedicated HOP implementer.

9:20 am Evolving OSHA Issues Directly Confronting the Oil & Gas Drilling Industry: Patrick Veters, Partner, Jane Heidingsfelder, Partner, Jones Walker LLP
The United States Supreme Court of Chao v. Mallard Bay Drilling, is still evolving and reverberating throughout the drilling industry today.  In addition, drilling contractors now must confront new safety obligations and potential liabilities across Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, New Mexico and Oklahoma under OSHA’s Multi-Employer Citation Policy in light of the recent Acosta v. Hensel Phelps decision.  This presentation will arm drilling contractors with real-life solutions to address and hopefully minimize their potential liability exposure.

9:50 am Coffee Service & Exhibit Viewing

10:25 am HSE Contractor Panel
Moderator: Dave Massey, The REACH Group
HSE professionals often have multiple responsibilities in their job roles, this panel will discuss some of their biggest challenges as it relates to our industry today, and how they address those challenges.

  • Neil Hall, VP HSE, Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc.
  • Michael Lawson, VP HSE & Training, Valaris plc
  • Mike Truitt, Director HSE, Independence Contract Drilling
  • JR Norton, Drilling Engineer, Norton Energy Drilling LLC

11:55 pm Luncheon & Exhibit Viewing

1:15 pm Attracting YP’s to Industry
Moderator: Shellie Stone, HR Director, Precision Drilling Corporation
It is often said that there is a lack of young professionals in our industry for various reasons.  This panel will address that perspective and what we can to do to attract and retain young talent.

  • Spencer Nyffeler, Student
  • Samantha Elliott, Environmental Engineer, E.I.T, Shell Lubricants Americas
  • Katina Noble, Organizational Development Supervisor, Helmerich & Payne IDC

2:45 pm Adjournment

Unassigned Papers of Note:
The following presentations may be included in the conference if a scheduled paper becomes unavailable. In addition, these presentations will be made available in the IADC conference proceedings, should the author so desire.

Developing Tomorrow’s Leaders to Solve Tomorrow’s Problems: Matthew Roberts, Lead Human Factors Instructor, Maersk Training
In the ever-changing world of Oil and Gas, technology is at the forefront change.  Are today’s drill crews equipped to make the decisions technology thrusts upon them?  Is the industry selecting the right people to make those decisions?  This presentation aims to highlight the generational differences in Crew Resource Management (CRM), specifically how different generations make decisions, influence the decision-making process and equipping tomorrow leaders for success.  Specific attention will be paid to the human-machine interaction with new technology that may be unfamiliar to experienced generations.

Baker Hughes’ Carbon Footprint Reduction Journey: Jeanne-Mey Sun, Executive -Energy Transition and Clean Energy Solutions, Dina Kuykendall, Chuck Brecher, Wilson Leong, Baker Hughes, a GE company
Baker Hughes, a GE company has made a commitment to reduce its Scope 1 and 2 carbon equivalent emissions to net-zero by 2050. As of late July 2019, we are the first and only energy service and equipment provider to have made this commitment, which is aligned with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 1.5 degree climate change scenario. In addition to our commitment on Scope 1 and 2 emissions, Baker Hughes is also working to reduce its Scope 3 emissions. This includes being a net-zero partner to our customers by helping reduce their carbon footprints from using our products and services.

Addressing Global Injury Trends with Fitness for Duty Testing and Ergonomics: The Role of the Safety Professional: Trevor Bardarson, President, WorkSaver Employee Testing Systems LLC
With the aging population, declining fitness levels and rising levels of obesity, employers have no choice, they must be aggressively proactive to survive current global injury trends affecting employee health. Utilizing fitness for duty testing and ergonomic interventions, employers are seeing a drastic reduction in injury rates and significant increases in productivity as well as improvements in safety. This presentation will focus on how to design an ADA and EEOC compliant fitness for duty program as well as specific ergonomic interventions for the aging workforce and the declining fitness levels of new employees.

Conference Program Committee

Carlos Arriola, ExxonMobil
Cody Ashley, Latshaw Drilling
Eliot Doyle, Valaris plc
Jennifer Guidry, Precision Drilling Company
John Karish, GTZ Consulting LLC
Kyle Cordis, Cactus Drilling
Melvin LeBlanc, Shell E&P
Nicolas Le Gouhinec, Valaris plc
Richard Grayson, Nabors Industries
Rium Johnson, National Oilwell Varco
Warren Hubler, Helmerich & Payne IDC
Brooke Polk, IADC
Mark Denkowski, IADC
Rhett Winter, IADC


3M Personal Safety Division
Cudd Well Control
Custom Safety Products
Dooley Tackaberry
First Competence Ltd.
Moxie Media
Psychemedics Corporation
The Reach Group
Red Wing Shoe Company
RelyOn Nutec
RIDE International Inc.
RPS Manufacturing Solutions
Safety Management Systems, LLC
Smith Mason & Co, LLC
Vigil Antislip LLC
Wayne Enterprises
Well Control School
Wild Well Control
Worksaver Employee Testing Systems
IADC Bookstore
IADC Accreditation & Credentialing

Exhibition Information

Cost for the 10′ x 10′ space is $2,000.
The space will be set with a skirted table, two chairs and access to electricity.
With the space, you receive one complimentary conference registration and up to two additional registrations at half price.
No refunds for cancellations will be issued.

  • Exhibitors can set-up after 3:00 pm on Monday, 17 February. All booths must be completely set up by 6:30 am on Tuesday, 18 February.

  • You may tear down your booth space after the last coffee break ends on Wednesday, 19 February.

  • The exhibitor space is a 10′ x 10′ area. It will be set with a 6′ skirted table and two chairs with access to electricity. Please do not exceed 10′ across, as the space in the exhibition area will be limited.

  • Wall space for signs/banners will not be available. All signs/banners must be affixed to the table or free standing.

  • All personnel working the exhibition must be registered. With your space, you will receive one complimentary registration and up to two additional registrations for half price or $275.

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Exhibitions at IADC events will be limited to showcasing products and services that advance technology, competency or HSE. Exhibitions centered on recruitment or employment should not take space at IADC events.

For exhibition details, please contact:
Stephanie Carling, stephanie.carling@iadc.org or Lori Gagula, lori.gagula@iadc.org at +1.713.292.1945.

Sponsorship Opportunities

There are four levels of sponsoring: Diamond sponsors, Platinum Sponsors, Gold Sponsors, and Silver Sponsors. Event sponsorships are also available and will be categorized by monetary contribution with the appropriate level of sponsorship. Please find the benefits of the sponsor packages below. The conference sponsor will receive high profile recognition before, during and after the conference.

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Diamond $25,000
(10 Comps*)


Platinum $15,000
(5 Comps*)


Gold $10,000
(3 Comps*)


Silver $5,000
(1 Comp*)


Event sponsorships are also available!

For more information please contact:
Stephanie Carling, stephanie.carling@iadc.org or Lori Gagula, lori.gagula@iadc.org at +1.713.292.1945.

* Comps refer to number of complimentary registrations

Hotel Information

Please make your room reservations directly with the hotel.
Please be sure to mention IADC to obtain discounted rate.

Omni Houston Hotel Westside
13210 Katy Freeway, Houston, Texas 77079
Phone: +1.281.558.8338   Fax: +1.281.558.4028
Single/Double Occupancy……..$154/$164
Rates available until 27 January 2020.
Click here to make your hotel reservations online.
Click here to view the hotel website.

Warning: Please note that there is a company named Exhibition Housing Services (EHS) actively approaching conference delegates and exhibitors by phone and email trying to sell hotel rooms at the Hotel for a cheaper rate than the published rate on this conference website. Please note that Exhibition Housing Services does not represent IADC or the hotel, nor has IADC or the hotel authorized EHS to use their names or trademarks on information they send out to exhibitors and delegates.

To avoid being a victim of fraud, please do not give out your credit card details to any other party and make your hotel reservations exclusively through the Hotel.


Press Policy

Complimentary press registration is limited to one (1) person per company. This individual must be a titled editor, writer, reporter or other bona fide editorial representative of a legitimate industry or consumer publication. Publishers and sales and marketing specialists are excluded from this complimentary registration practice and must pay the full conference registration fee to attend an event.

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