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: Kingsley.firstname.lastname@example.org)
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 (http://www.energyinst.org.uk/humanfactors/bn).
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 arrangements||Major hazard potential||Task related occupational safety|
|Safety information bulletin (click to download)|
|1 Manual and mechanical handling|
|2 Safety when using ladders|
|3 Assessing staffing requirements for hazardous situations|
|4 Improving alarm systems|
|5 Lifeboat design and body size|
|6 Managing organisational change|
|7 Integrating human factors into design and modifications of plant|
|8 Using sleep contracts to manage fatigue risk|
|9 Workspace modelling|
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: email@example.com). 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: firstname.lastname@example.org).
How to access the publications
Each Safety information bulletin can be downloaded from the table above.
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