You’ve heard of the HOF Blog (after all, you’re reading it!) but who are the HOFCOM?
The EI offers a strong human factors technical work programme with a focus on the energy industry, making a large collection of human factors resources (tools, guidance documents, etc.) available freely on its website, www.energyinst.org/humanfactors. Furthermore, we’ve been adding to that collection by 2 or 3 titles per year, developed training courses and ran conferences.
But have you ever wondered who makes it all happen?
The Human and Organisational Factors Committee (HOFCOM) was formed in 2001. Comprising representatives from BP, Shell, ConocoPhillips, Magnox Sites, the Health and Safety Executive, and specialist consultants, all giving their time freely, the HOFCOM steers the EI’s human factors work programme.
Meeting 4 times per year, the HOFCOM is responsible for proposing new human factors projects for funding by the EI’s Technical Partners. Ideas for projects may arise from issues encountered within committee member’s own companies, current ‘hot topics’, regulatory concerns, or in response to incidents. While committee members draw on their own experiences and those of their respective companies, they leave their ‘corporate hats’ at the door – ensuring proposed projects are for the benefit of all industry rather than just one particular company.
The HOFCOM will define the project and then oversee its development by a subject specialist contractor. After carefully selecting a contractor to develop the work, the HOFCOM then steers the project from start to finish. In the process, they will call upon the help of industry and subject matter specialists to peer review work, the goal being to ensure that the finished product meets a high standard and the needs of the energy industry, whether operating companies, regulators or consultancies.
The result? In just the last few years alone a wealth of new resources has been produced, for example:
- Guidance on managing human and organisational factors in decommissioning – based on work contributed by Magnox Sites, provides guidance on human factors issues which should be considered within a decommissioning operation. Additionally, it provides a wealth of generally applicable human factors guidance.
- Human factors performance indicators for the energy and related process industries – joint HSE/Lloyd’s Register/EI research report setting out a method for developing performance indicators that focus of human and organsational factors.
- Workforce involvement poster pack – supports safety managers and leaders running workforce involvement campaigns.
- Guidance on human factors safety critical task analysis – provides a 7-step plan for integrating human factors into safety critical task analysis (SCTA), allowing the reader to participate fully in SCTA, and act as an intelligent customer of SCTA services.
- Human factors briefing notes resource pack (second edition) – revised and expanded, each briefing note provides an introduction to a pertinent human factors issue, guidance for managers, case studies and ‘health check’ questions to gauge if there is a problem with that issue in the company, and an introduction to solutions to such issues.
So there you have it, now you know who the HOFCOM are and what they do. The question is: how could you become engaged? This could be through reviewing work, highlighting key areas for future development, or, if you are an employee of one of the EI’s Technical Partner Companies or its Technical Company Members for the safety theme, you might want to consider becoming a member of the HOFCOM. Contact Stuart King email@example.com for more information.