Aberdeen Members Group

Annual Technical Seminar: Human Factor - Consideration for the Contemporary Energy Industry

Date From: 13 September 2012
Location: Scotland
Description: There is an increasing emphasis on the importance of managing Human Factors to achieve improved safety and business performance in the oil and gas industry. IChemE's Aberdeen Members Group will hold its annual half-day technical seminar at the University of Aberdeen from 12:00-17:00 on 13 September 2012 on the subject of Human Factors.
Event Type: Member Group
Venue: King’s College Conference Centre, The University of Aberdeen
Organiser: IChemE Aberdeen Member Group
Contact Name: Mohammed Moonis
Contact Phone: +44 (0)1224 880945

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There is an increasing emphasis on the importance of managing human factors to achieve improved safety and business performance in the oil and gas industry. Major accidents, including the Gulf of Mexico, Texas City and Buncefield, have once again highlighted the importance of addressing this topic and the need for new thinking and practice. This half-day seminar will go beyond technical design principles and explore a number of advanced topics.

Speakers and topics:

Caroline Sugden (Health and Safety Laboratory) will discuss what makes a high reliability organisation and give valuable insight into the Human Factors work funded by the regulator (UK HSE).

Tony Atkinson (ABB) will present a case study of assessments of 10 control rooms across a single UK organisation including: human-machine interfaces, operator response to alarms, control room environment and management of fatigue, alertness and shift work.

Mervyn Barr (Sett for Safety) will discuss Safety Leadership Challenges in the modern oil and gas industry, covering issues such as: what leadership means in a safety context, how everyone can be an inspirational safety leader; leadership and robust safety cultures as well as an industry case study.

Ian Hamilton (ERM) will present on Integrating human factors into risk assessment covering the role of human failure in safety incidents; the need to address human failures in order to fully assess risk; elements and organisation of Bowtie diagrams; and, the incorporation of human failure cases into Bowties along with technical safety elements.

Neill Renton (Genesis, University of Aberdeen) will then chair an open panel discussion to debate some of the issues raised with all speakers and delegates.

The Aberdeen Members’ Group look forward to welcoming you to this unique opportunity for discussion and debate of this increasingly important subject with peers and industry experts on 13th September.

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Costs for lunch and attendance are £90 for members and £100 for non-members. Student members can attend for the reduced price of £20. All prices include VAT.

For further details please contact Mohammad Moonis or telephone +44 (0)1224 880945. However to register, please book onto the event online.

Details of how to travel to the Kings College Conference Centre are available through http://www.abdn.ac.uk/maps/old-aberdeen-download.php (Building 28 on the map).

The IChemE Aberdeen Members’ Group looks forward to welcoming you on 13th September.

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