Presentation from Jason Devereux at Offshore Europe 2013. Paper written by Jenny Gilroy and Derek Dumolo of Lloyd's Register Constiling's Human Factors team.
Hydrocarbon releases (HCR) are a major problem offshore, and most importantly are seen as a direct precursor to potential major accidents (MAs) (Oil and Gas UK, 2010). The UK HSE believe that of the occurring HCRs, 50-70% have causes linked in part or in whole to “things people do (or don’t do) when designing, maintaining and operating systems”, (Step Change in Safety, 2010) i.e. issues associated with Human Factors (HF).
An offshore operator contracted LR Consulting to conduct an independent HF-focussed organisational assessment into the underlying contributory factors to HCRs on their platforms, in order to support their own internal initiatives to reduce HCRs. The aim of LR Consulting’s assessment was to help the organisation confirm and identify the key areas of focus in order to combat HCRs and prioritise further actions going forward.
LR Scandpower adopted a systematic approach to investigate the HF contributions to HCRs on the organisation’s platforms, including a Thematic Analysis of past incident data, offshore interviews and onshore interviews with staff and detailed analysis of findings to identify common emergent themes issues. Eight key areas were identified as priorities for further action, and LR Consulting provided the operator with recommendations for improvements and/or remedial actions to deal with identified contributory factors
This presentation will explain the approach followed by LR Consulting and the findings from the study, including the key Human Factors causal factors that were identified. It will also highlight the key lessons learned that are considered to be potentially relevant to the wider offshore sector.