Health and Environmental Hazards Forum 2016

Join experts, authorities, consultants, HSE managers and environmental specialists, title holders and companies from the oil and gas industry in a conference that will help organizations understand the requirements and the pathways to avoid Environmental Hazards. 

 In June 2016 the Offshore Safety Directive Regulations were approved by the Romanian Parliament, implementing the requirements of EU Directive 2013/30/EU. The Directive aims to minimize the risk of accidents and limit their consequences for offshore oil and gas operations. The translation of the Offshore Safety Directive (Directive 2013/30/EU) into national law requires Romania to put in place a regulatory framework to help prevent accidents as well as to respond promptly and efficiently in case such accidents occur in an offshore oil or gas installation. 

Considering the very high rate of industrialisation in the European Union the Seveso Directive has contributed to achieving a low frequency of major accidents. The Directive is widely considered as a benchmark for industrial accident policy and has been a role model for legislation in many countries worldwide. Major industrial accidents involving dangerous chemicals pose a significant threat to humans and the environment. 

 To minimise the associated risks, measures are necessary to prevent major accidents and to ensure appropriate preparedness and response should such accidents nevertheless happen. An outline of Seveso III Directive changes will be presented with transposition aspects to local legislation.

Language: English and Romanian (with simultaneous translation provided)

Registration: Conference  participation fee is 149 € + VAT/ person.
The fee includes the participation in the conference sessions,  coffee breaks and lunch, as well as the conference proceedings documents. 

All registration fees mentioned above exclude 20% Romanian VAT. 

Registration conditions: The program and the speakers are subject to change. Should the conference be cancelled due to force majeure, unavailability of the conference venue, speakers being prevented or for other good cause, the organizer reserves the right to cancel the conference. In case of cancellation all participants will be informed promptly. In this case, all registration fees will be reimbursed.

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09:00 - 09:30

Delegates registration and welcome coffee

09:30 - 11:00

Opening of the conference and introductory address


  • Cristiana Pasca-Palmer - Minister, Ministry of Environment Waters and Forests



  • Overview of the EU Offshore Oil and Gas Safety Directive
  • Transposition of the Directive into Romanian Law and Establishing the Competent Authority
  • The role of the local government agencies in overseeing offshore operations
  • Introductions - Outline of Seveso III Directive changes and transposition in local Romanian legislation 



  • Anastasios Papandreou - European Commission DG Energy, Gas Markets and Offshore Safety
  • Cornel Zeveleanu – Deputy General Director, Oil&Gas Department, Ministry of Energy
  • Eugen Popitiu - Counsellor to the President of National Agency for Mineral Resources
  • Constantin Gheorghe - Chief HSEQ Officer, Grup Servicii Petroliere SA
  • Sorin Vrincean - Sales Manager, Petroleum Safety Solutions

11:00 - 11:30
Q&A Session

11:30 - 12:00
Networking coffee break

12:00 - 13:30



  • How to deal with emergency situations
  • Overview of the Liability Requirements of the Directive
  • Implementing Performance Enhancing Safety Cases - lessons from the UK
  • Independent Verification Requirements of the New Regime
  • Government inspection schedules - what to expect




  • Francisc Senzaconi- Head of Disaster Prevention Department General Inspectorate for Emergency Situations
  • Maria Nica - Head of Department Risk Management EMAS, National Agency for Environmental Protection
  • Razvan Gabriel Trandafir – General Director, Romanian Naval Authority
  • Rob Steer - Partner, Environmental Resources Management Risk Team
  • William Noble - Verification Technical Authority, Bureau Veritas UK Ltd - Marine Offshore Division
  • Sorin Burtoi - Business Manager Protective Coatings, International Paint
  • Rachel Bennett - Principal Consultant, ERM Risk Safety and Human Factors Team


13:30 - 14:00
Q&A Session

14:00 - 15:00
Networking Lunch

Meeting and networking time

Anastasios Papandreou
European Comission DG Energy, Gas Markets and Offshore Safety

Mr. Anastasios Papandreou is an energy expert in the European Commission, DG Energy – Unit for Security of Supply. 

He is responsible for maters of the Offshore Safety Directive, its implementation by the European Member States and the coordination of the EU Offshore Authorities Group. He was also part of the negotiations for the 3rd Energy Package and the Offshore Safety Directive during the Cyprus Presidency of the Council of EU in 2012. 

His past experience in the field of energy includes the organization of gas markets and the introduction of LNG, electricity generation, as well as International Treaties. 

Cornel Zeveleanu
Deputy General Director - General Directorate for Oil and Gas, Ministry of Energy

Mr. Cornel Zeveleanu is working since 2003 within the Ministry of Energy, for the General Directorate for Oil and Gas. Over time, Mr. Cornel Zeveleanu has been successfully involved in almost the entire sector specific issues addressed through the legal duties of the specialized structure of the central public authority responsible for the oil and gas sector. Activity carried out in recent years aimed at transposing into Romanian legislation the specific European legislation in the field of oil and gas, and activities necessary to fulfill the responsibilities of the ministry in the sphere of security of gas supply and the establishment of minimum stocks of crude oil and petroleum products.

Constantin Gheorghe
Chief HSEQ Officer, Grup Servicii Petroliere SA

More than 30 years of full-time experience in the oil & gas industry, with 26 years offshore in various positions spanning Central and Eastern Europe, Black Sea, West and North Africa, Brazil and Persian Gulf. In possession of a broad experience in all aspects of drilling and HSE aspects of the E&P activities in the domestic and international petroleum industry, doubled by significant experience in management, operations and coordination. Leading the development and implementation of the HSEQ Management System for GSP group of companies since 2006. Since September 2014, included in the Group of Initiative established by the Government of Romania for the transposition of the new EU Offshore Safety Directive. In February 2015 nominated by the Romanian Government as the technical Expert to represent Romania in the EU Of shore Safety Committee for the transposition of the new Offshore Safety Directive”

Francisc Senzaconi
Head of Disaster Prevention Department General Inspectorate for Emergency Situations

Mr. Francisc Senzaconi is the Head of Disaster Prevention Department within the  General Inspectorate for Emergency Situations.

Rob Steer
Partner Partner Environmental Resources Management Risk Team

Rob has a BSc and Masters in Process Safety and Loss Prevention and has over 25 years of Safety and Risk Management Consultancy experience, primarily in the offshore Oil & Gas industry. Over his career Rob has helped a wide variety of clients assess, understand and develop strategies for managing the Major Accident Hazards and Catastrophic Risks associated with their operations. He has supported the management of HSE Risk throughout the lifecycle of Major Capital Projects and at operational assets. Rob has extensive North Sea and Global offshore Safety Case and HSE Management experience and has most recently been working with a number of Oil and Gas operators in the Mediterranean region to develop strategies for complying with the requirements of the new EU Offshore Oil and Gas Safety Directive/Legislation that has come into force.

Razvan Gabriel Trandafir
General Director, Romanian Naval Authority

Mr. Răzvan - Gabriel Trandafir is a capable, results orientated manager with an extensive experience of leading high performance teams and of successfully increasing efficiency in the naval field. He has graduated from “Mircea cel Bătrân” Naval Academy specialized in ship management and shipping operation , then started his career as Deck officer 3, 2 and 1 on ships engaged in international voyages. Over the years he also trained in different specializations courses , such as Transport and handling of dangerous goods in port areas” , ”Lead Auditor ISO 9001:2000”, ” Assessor of professional competence” and he also has a Masters Degree in Maritime Safety since 2007.


In 2005, Mr. Trandafir started his activity for the Romanian Naval Authority as a Gas Free inspector working his way up to head of the Gas Free Inspections Office in 2008. From 2012 he became the Technical Director of the Romanian Naval Authority, directing various departments such as Ships registration, Flag state implementation, Ships certification and technical inspections, also being involved in different EU funded projects, like the ”Advanced National Networks for Administrations(AnNA)”. As one of RNA`s best experts starting with June 2016 he is acting as RNA`s General Director.

William Noble
Verification Technical Authority, Bureau Veritas UK Limited - Marine Offshore Division

A highly experienced and accomplished Technical Manager, with a comprehensive knowledge of UK Verification legislation, as well as demonstrable experience in the management and delivery of Verification activities. Over twenty years of experience gained within the Oil and Gas industry, and has worked from apprenticeship through a range of technical roles both within the North Sea and overseas, before latterly applying this experience and expertise to Verification. A subject matter expert in UK Verification legislation, its interpretation and application, as well as associated international directives and legislation.

Rachel Bennett
Principal Consultant Environmental Resources Management Risk Safety and Human Factors Team

A psychologist by background she has nearly 20 years Health and Safety experience – starting her career in the Rail Industry before moving into Risk and Safety Consulting and focussing on Oil and Gas -Process Safety, Management Systems, Leadership and Culture. Her specific areas of expertise are in development and implementation of management systems, bowtie training design and delivery, integration of Human Factors in Safety Cases, process safety culture and the design and effective implementation of safety critical procedures, systems and standards. She has expertise in designing effective workforce participation integrating this successfully as part of technical risk and safety programmes.

Maria Nica
Head of Risk Management Departmnet EMAS, National Agency for Environmental Protection

Ms. Maria Nica is the Head of the Risk Management Departmnet EMAS within the National Agency for Environmental Protection in Romania.

Sorin Vrinceanu
Sales Manager Petroleum Safety

Sorin is a safety professional with great experience in oil and gas, both offshore and onshore, delivering safety to companies in Eastern Europe and North Sea throughout the years. He came back to Romania and founded Safety Academy, with a goal and a dream: increasing the level of education and safety in his home country and creating a better work environment for hard working people that put their lives in danger every day.  

Sorin Burtoi
Protective Coatings Business Manager for Romania & Bulgaria at AkzoNobel / International Paint Business Manager Black Sea

Sorin Burtoi is Protective Coatings Business Manager for Romania & Bulgaria at AkzoNobel / International Paint Business Manager Black Sea since January 2007.

He is responsible for providing tailored technical PFP (passive fire protection) specifications for both Oil, Gas & Chemical “Up-stream” & “Down-stream” business segments, consequently contributing to a safer professional environment.


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