EI issues invitation to tender for project S1602 ‘Contractor management during outages’

February 16, 2016

The EI has issued an invitation for project S1602 ‘Transient contractor and supplier risk management and assurance during outages/turnarounds’.  This project aims to produce guidance to help companies manage and ensure the safety of contractor operations during outages/turnarounds, where it is presumed there is less opportunity to integrate contractor and operator management systems and culture compared with long term operations.

Closing date for submitting proposals is 14th March 2016.  Contact Stuart King for more information: sking@energyinst.org

EI issues invitation to tender for project S1603 ‘Implementing smart technology in the energy sector’

February 15, 2016

The EI has issued an invitation for project S1603 ‘Implementing smart technology in the energy sector’.  This project aims to produce guidance to help companies understand the risks and opportunities in implementing ‘smart’ technologies into the energy sector, how to assess the risk, what type of technology will be implemented and why, etc.

Closing date for submitting proposals is 14th March 2016.  Contact Stuart King for more information: sking@energyinst.org

Conference: Human factors application in major hazard industries, 6 and 7 October 2015, Aberdeen, UK

August 4, 2015
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This conference, organised by the EI’s Human and Organisational Factors Committee and the Stichting Tripod Foundation, returns in 2015 to explore the practical application of human factors in the management of major accident hazards (MAH) in the energy and allied process industries.

The programme brings together experts in the field of human factors, specifically within major hazard industries. Talks, case studies, and shared experience will provide delegates with the tools and techniques that are needed to:

  • assure high performance through the application of human factors
  • effectively investigate and analyse incidents
  • embed learning from incidents
  • prevent incidents before they occur



8.15   Registration and refreshments

Plenary 1: Human factors application

9.00   Chair’s opening: an introduction to the EI and HOFCOM
Robert Miles, Technical Director, Hu-Tech Risk Management Services

9.15   Keynote: The next leap in managing safety: moving from triangles to curves
Professor Jop Groeneweg, Project Manager Human Factors, Centre for Safety Research, Leiden University

10.00  Resilience in defence: the use of leading indicators in the human performance battle
Mark Wilson, Operated Assets HSE Manager, ConocoPhillips

10.30  Total’s approach to managing human factors
Ann Clark, Head of Training, Development and Competence, Total

11.00  Refreshments

Plenary 2: Fatigue management

11.30  Assessing the risk from fatigue to oil and gas operations:  IOGP/IPIECA guide to best practice
Professor Ron McLeod, Independent Human Factors Consultant

12.00  Fatigue and shiftwork in 24/7 control rooms: assessment and management in practice
Dr Colleen Butler, Human Factors Specialist, Health and Safety Laboratory (HSL)

12.30  Effective employee training to minimise the risk of fatigue in the workplace
Elaine J Skilling, Principal Consultant Ergonomist, The Keil Centre

13.00  Lunch

Plenary 3: Performance and teamwork

14.00  Enhancing the performance of plant personnel during severe accidents
David Pennie, Principal Human Factors Consultant, Greenstreet Berman

14.30  Solid Anchoring: recognising and mitigating human factors during mobile oil rig moves
Jim Bennett, Senior HSE Specialist, Anartya

15.00  A knowledge based model for delivering competence in high hazard environments
Robert Miles, Technical Director, Hu-Tech Risk Management Services

15.30  Refreshments

Plenary 4: Safety culture

16.00  The magic bullet for safety behaviour: the combined impact of leadership and safety climate
Dr Shama Egbe, Independent Human Factors Consultant

16.30  Preventing incidents before they happen: integrating different actions
Elena Blardony Arranz, Incident Advisor, REPSOL

17.00  Human factors: culture and mind-set challenges
Dr Mohammad Aref, HSSE Manager, Weatherford

17.30  Day one closing remarks

18.30  Conference dinner – an additional charge is applicable for the dinner


8.00   Registration and refreshments

Plenary 5: Approaches to learning from incidents

8.45   Chair’s opening: an introduction to Stichting Tripod Foundation
Robert Miles, Technical Director, Hu-Tech Risk Management Services

9.00   Keynote: Mind the gap: exploring LFI using the Hearts and Minds learning from incidents tool
Dr Matthew Lawrie, Director, Culture Regeneration Associates

9.45   Intercepting the cognitive biases in the incident investigation process
Julia Burggraaf, Product and Services Manager, CGE Risk Management Solutions

10.15  Shell’s approach to LFI
Razif Yusoff, Global Safety Manager: Incident Investigation and Learning, Shell

10.45  Refreshments

Plenary 6: Proactive LFI

11.15  Guidance on Learning from Incidents
Richard Roels, Senior Consultant, DNV GL

11.45  Learning human factors lessons – before you have an incident
Johnny Mitchell, Registered Occupational Psychologist, The Keil Centre

12.15  Proactive incident investigation
Lisbeth Holberg, International Lead Investigator, Accredited Tripod Trainer and Independent Consultant

12.45  Lunch

Plenary 7: Have we learned?

13.45  10 years on from Texas City
Sue Briggs, Learning and Development Consultant, AKT productions

14.15  Multiple incident analysis
Dennis Evers, Technical and Process Safety Engineer, Centrica

14.45  Refreshments

Plenary 8: Bow Tie

15.00  Human factors in barrier thinking:  What can a bow-tie analysis reveal about an organisation’s intentions and expectations of human performance?
Professor Ron McLeod, Independent Human Factors Consultant

15.30  How human factors can be taken into account in Bowtie risk modelling
Ben Keetlaer-Qi, Product Manager, CGE Risk Management Solutions

16.00  Chair’s closing remarks

Who should participate?
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 and fatigue. The event will also be of keen interest to those involved in incident investigation, analysis and learning from incidents processes, including users of Tripod Beta and other methodologies.

To book your attendance online please click here, or download the booking form and return it to Francesca Ferrari:
t: +44 (0)20 7467 7192
e: fferrari@energyinst.org

For sponsorship opportunities contact Luigi Fontana:
t: +44 (0)20 7467 7182
e: lfontana@energyinst.org

Learning from incidents seminar 5: Linking research and practice in learning from incidents, 11 June 2015, London

April 30, 2015

‘Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Learning from Incidents’ (IP-LFI) ESRC Seminar Series

11 June 2015, 10am-5pm (registration from 9:30am)

British Safety Council, 70 Chancellors Road, London W6 9RS (Hammersmith)


You are invited to join an interdisciplinary group of researchers, practitioners and policy-makers from across Europe to explore how organisations can learn effectively from incidents across different sectors: energy, health, finance, construction and further afield.

So far this seminar series has explored key issues and gaps in the field of learning from incidents and has devised a set of preliminary research questions for an interdisciplinary R&D agenda (Seminar 1); examined various theoretical perspectives (Seminar 2) and methodological approaches (Seminar 3) to learning from incidents, from a range of disciplines across Engineering, Social and Life Sciences; and discussed examples and issues from policy and practice perspectives (Seminar 4).

In this fifth seminar we shall discuss how to strengthen the link between research and practice in learning from incidents (LFI). How could researchers, practitioners and policymakers collaborate to advance learning from incidents? What models and frameworks could effectively facilitate cooperation between these different stakeholders? What are the key priorities in learning from incidents and what could researchers do to help practitioners and policymakers improve LFI? How can LFI research be best communicated to practitioners and policymakers?

These questions will be addressed through the keynote talks and group discussions at this seminar. The keynote speakers are:

  • Dr Ritva Engeström, Senior Researcher, Centre for Activity Theory and Developmental Work Research, University of Helsinki, Finland: “Change Laboratory and Developmental Work Research”
  • Professor Eve Mitleton-Kelly, Director of the Complexity Research Group, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK: “Addressing complex problems through collaboration: A complexity theory approach”
  • Professor Lasse Gerrits, Chair in Governance of Complex and Innovative Technological Systems, Otto-Friedrich University, Bamberg, Germany: “Back to normal: Generating resilience in complex systems”

Participation is free. A buffet lunch will be provided.

Registration is required. To register for the seminar, please go to: https://eventbrite.co.uk/event/16547197112/

To join our LFI seminars community and to be kept up to date about the forthcoming events sign up at lfiseminars.ning.com http://lfiseminars.ning.com

Human Factors Foundation Training Course, 22-26 June 2015, London

April 9, 2015

A five-day training course to teach the fundamentals of Human Factors

This 5 day course delivers a comprehensive introduction into human factors for non-specialists. It provides a practical, engaging and interactive background to key topic areas, as well as to how human and organisational factors (HOF) can be applied within the workplace. Successful candidates will receive the Human Factors Foundation Certificate from the Energy Institute, allowing you to demonstrate the skills that have been gained during the course.

Why Human Factors?

The application of Human Factors principles is imperative for reducing occupational safety risks, improving productivity and ensuring the health of the workforce.  By implementing Human Factors principles, organisations can significantly reduce the risk of Human Error, which accounts for nearly 90% of accidents.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course participants should understand:

  • The meaning of HOF and the scope of the subject
  • Common approaches to the management of HOF
  • The benefits of applying these approaches in a major accident hazard context
  • How HOF techniques can be integrated with other risk management activities


Member price: £1,550.00 (+VAT) Non-member price: £1,800.00 (+VAT)

Click here for more information about the Human Factors Foundation training course

Click here to book online

Call for abstracts: Human factors application in major hazard industries, 6-7 October 2015

April 2, 2015

The deadline has been extended to submit an abstract for this biennial two-day conference, which returns in 2015 and will explore the practical application of human factors in the management of major accident hazards (MAH) in the energy and allied process industries. The event will focus on two key themes:

  • Assuring human factors performance: How can we ensure high performance through human and organisational factors?
  • Preventing incidents before they happen: How can we effectively investigate and analyse incidents and embed learning. How can we prevent incidents before they occur?

This conference, organised by the Energy Institute (EI)’s Human and Organisational Factors committee and the Stichting Tripod Foundation, will enable the learning and sharing of good practice between companies and industries, and offers excellent networking opportunities with delegates from around the world representing operating companies, suppliers, consultancies, and academia.

Call for abstracts

The deadline for submitting an abstract has been extended until 30 April 2015. Don’t miss this final opportunity to put forward your submission for an oral or poster presentation on the following key topics:

Assuring human factors performance:

  • Competence assurance
  • Non-technical skills and crew resource management (CRM)
  • Alarm handling
  • Risk analysis
  • Fatigue management
  • Other topics will be considered

Preventing incidents before they happen:

  • Safety culture
  • Human and organisational factors in Bow Tie diagrams
  • Embedding learning from incidents
  • Quality incident analysis
  • Other topics will be considered

To submit your contribution you will need to:

  • prepare an abstract of up to 500 words on the topic you intend to present in Microsoft Word format
  • indicate the presenter and co-authors with their affiliation and contact details
  • submit the abstract to Stuart King: e: sking@energyinst.org;

Submissions will be evaluated by the organising committee and successful entrants will be notified shortly after the submission deadline. Final deadline for abstract submission is Thursday 30 April 2015.


A range of sponsorship opportunities are available for this event. For details please contact Luigi Fontana: e: lfontana@energyinst.org;

EI appearing at Hazards 25 conference – 13-15 May 2015, Edinburgh

April 1, 2015

The EI will be speaking at the IChemE Hazards 25 conference in May.  Steve Sharwen (ABB, member EI Area Classification Working Group) will provide an overview of key changes in the 4th edition of EI’s hazardous area classification publication (‘EI 15’); whereas Dr Ed Smith (DNV-GL, author to EI Human and Organisational Factors Committee) will describe work to prepare comprehensive guidance on learning from incidents.

EI will also have an exhibition stand, so come over and find out more about the technical work we are doing.

For full details on the conference programme, and to book your delegate place, visit the main conference website: