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

For sponsorship opportunities contact Luigi Fontana:
t: +44 (0)20 7467 7182