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Human factors 2017

Human factors application in major hazard industries
17 - 18 October 2017
Energy Institute, 61 New Cavendish Street, London W1G 7AR

This biennial 2-day conference returns in 2017, exploring the practical application of human factors in the management of major accident hazards (MAH).

The event will focus on two key themes: 

  • Safety II - Safety as success not failure: exploring human factors in improving performance rather than focusing on human failure.  Exploring human factors outside of safety.
  • Good safety is good business: safety is the outcome of a well-managed process.  Safety therefore goes hand in hand with good business.

Topics will include:

  • Using leading indicators in the prevention of the incidents; measuring success using indicators
  • The power of a safety intervention
  • Human and organisational factors in end of service life and decommissioning, or life extension
  • Working with contractors proactively
  • Humans as positive component of safety management system
  • Setting up humans to succeed, not fail
  • Use of new technology; overcoming challenges
  • Applying human factors to improving areas of business risk management other than HSE management
  • Identifying weak signals 
  • learning from incidents, including management level learning
  • Case studies on business benefits of safety performance (or vice versa)

See below further details of the programme and speakers.

This conference is organised by the Energy Institute Human and Organisational Factors Committee and the Stichting Tripod Foundation.


Early bird offer

Book your place before 31 July and save 20% on the cost.

Booking fees - excluding VAT      Early-bird rate
(until 31 July)
    Standard rate
(after 31 July)
EI Member     £335+VAT     £400+VAT
EI Company Member     £395+VAT     £475+VAT
Non Member     £460+VAT     £550+VAT



Here are just some of the topics and speakers you can expect to hear at this conference:

Human factors in barrier management
Dr Ian Randle, Managing Director, Hu-Tech Human Factors

Engaging our greatest safety asset - the workforce
Mark Wilson, HSE Performance & Strategy Manager, ConocoPhillips

80% of accidents are caused by human error: fact or myth? Lessons from the modern view of accident causation
Dr Marcin Nazaruk, Human Performance Lead Advisor, BP

Human error: a cause or just a symptom?
Tim Southam, Principal Human Factors Engineer, Monaco Engineering Solutions

Identifying and analysing, weak signals and indicators to prevent disasters
David Ramsay, Group Managing Director, Kelvin TOP-SET

Organisational dysfunctions: early warning signals for major (and other) accidents
Frank Verschueren, Inspector Labour and Process Safety, Department of Chemical Risks

From individual behaviour as a reason for blame to system weaknesses as a cause of incidents: a case study of the re-design of the just culture process in an international energy company
Dr Diane Chadwick-Jones, Director, Leadership and Culture, BP

Setting up humans to succeed, not fail - behaviour based reliability program in a petrochemical unit
Dr José Lopes Alves, Director, Interface Consultoriad 

The importance of relationships in learning from incidents
Victoria Murphy, Postgraduate Researcher, Open University

Encouraging safe behaviour by aligning rewarding practices with cultural preferences  
Beate Houette, Research Associate, Robert Gordon University

The journey towards mastering safety culture, the missing link
Paul van der Griendt, Partner, CEO, Zhimble

Statistical analysis of oil and gas industry accidents in europe using human and organisational factors
Bassey Bassey GradEI, Research Student, Coventry University

Exploring the potential of operating discipline as a leading indicator of occupational and process safety outputs
Dr Matthew Lawrie, Company Director, Culture Regeneration Associates


Who should attend? 

This conference will be of interest to anyone managing health, safety and the environment, including process safety and occupational safety, as well as those with a specialist interest in human factors and ergonomics. This will include those with responsibilities for managing competence and training, risk assessment, incident investigation, analysis and learning from incidents processes – including users of Tripod Beta and other methodologies. 

The conference will enable the learning and sharing of good practice between companies and industries, and offer excellent networking opportunities with delegates from around the world representing operating companies, suppliers, consultancies, and academia.



Registration information

Francesca Ferrari
t: +44 (0)20 7467 7192

Sponsorship opportunities

Luigi Fontana: 
t: +44 (0)20 7467 7182

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