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Human factors safety information bulletins

To encourage information sharing on the successful application of human factors methodologies to petroleum and allied industries operations, the Energy Institute Human factors working group, with the support of EI technical partners, commissioned an external consultant1 to establish a series of Safety information bulletins based on:

  • Lessons learned from incidents or near misses;
  • New methods of working; or,
  • Novel human factors techniques.

1 Kingsley Management Ltd. (e:

The series has been further extended to include Safety information bulletins on the concept of sleep contracts and an ergonomic/anthropometric assessment of an offshore installation workspace design.

What do they cover?
Each topical bulletin provides an overview, describes the issue in detail, provides flowcharts, illustrations, etc. and gives references, such as to pertinent EI Human factors briefing notes ( 

Whilst some Safety information bulletins are relevant to offshore or onshore operations, others are relevant to both sectors. They cover a spectrum of issues, from occupational safety through to those with major hazards potential:

Human factors aspect
Organisational arrangementsMajor hazard potentialTask related occupational safety

(including ergonomics)

Safety information bulletin (click to download)    
1  Manual and mechanical handling   tick 
2  Safety when using ladders   tick tick
3  Assessing staffing requirements for hazardous situations tick tick  
4  Improving alarm systems
  tick  tick
5  Lifeboat design and body size
6  Managing organisational change tick tick  
7  Integrating human factors into design and modifications of plant  tick  tick
8  Using sleep contracts to manage fatigue risk tick tick  
9  Workspace modelling   tick tick

Using the Safety information bulletins
The bulletins communicate to professionals in the petroleum and allied industries, how human factors methodologies have been successfully applied to its operations. You should consider applying such approaches to your scenarios.

In the year since the launch of the first seven Safety information bulletins, there have been between 600 and 2500 downloads per bulletin; the most popular being No.1 Manual and mechanical handling and No.4 Improving alarm systems.

Developing the Safety information bulletins
If you have information on the successful application of human factors methodologies to share with other professionals in the petroleum and allied industries, the EI Human factors working group would like to hear from you. Download the Microsoft Word template and forward your draft to Stuart King (e: The EI Human factors working group will review your draft with a view to adding it to the series of Safety information bulletins.

Should you find the Safety information bulletins to be a useful resource or have any other comments, the EI Human factors working group would like to hear from you. Contact Stuart King (e:

How to access the publications
Each Safety information bulletin can be downloaded from the table above.

The Energy Institute wishes to record its appreciation of the work carried out by Bill Gall (Kingsley Management Ltd.) in developing the initial series Safety information bulletins, the contributions made by other authors and the direction to this project given by members of the EI Human factors working group. It wishes to recognise the contribution made by those individuals, companies and organisations that provided comments in the technical review or supplied resources to develop and support this project.

The Energy Institute gratefully acknowledges the financial contributions towards the scientific and technical programme from the following companies (Technical Partners list).

Publications information
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The information contained in the Safety information bulletins is provided as guidance only and while every reasonable care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of its contents, the Energy Institute cannot accept any responsibility for any action taken, or not taken, on the basis of this information. The Energy Institute shall not be liable to any person for any loss or damage which may arise from the use of any of its publications.

The above disclaimer is not intended to restrict or exclude liability for death or personal injury caused by own negligence.