Webinar Examines Human Factors Technical Report

By Staff Report 27 May 2014

An online seminar set for 28 May will look at SPE's recent technical report on human factors in the oil and gas exploration and production (E&P) industry.

In July 2012, SPE held a 2-day summit on human factors to create a common understanding of the strategic challenges for the E&P industry, to identify what is known and unknown in the field, and to explore possible actions to accomplish the needed change indicated by the US National Commission on the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling report.

The result was a technical report based on discussions and conclusions at the summit intended to provide guidance on the human factors risks in E&P operations and offer solutions for reducing those risks and increase safety.

The challenges the industry faces as it tries to move further toward a culture in which process safety is as well managed as personal safety is currently in the industry is defining what a safety culture is and working on human factors risks that could affect this culture. In civil aviation, a series of major accidents led to the introduction, mandatory requirement, and acceptance of human factors methodologies called crew resource management (CRM). Similarly, the nuclear power industry identified and acted upon the concept of its safety culture after a small number of major incidents. The challenge to the E&P industry is to achieve a similar breakthrough by confronting the human factor as an issue in process safety both onshore and offshore.

The speakers for the seminar will be Kenneth E. Arnold, a consultant with more than 45 years of industry experience, including 16 years at Shell; J. Ford Brett, a consultant in the area of petroleum project management; and Andrew Dingee, safety consultant for BP and chairman of SPE's human factors technical section.

Register for the webinar here.