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Human Factors Information Paper

Graham Marshall - Sunday, April 21, 2013

Enclosed here is a Human Factors Information Paper produced by NOPSEMA in Australia and addressing issues around personnel resourcing on offshore platforms. 

It makes for interesting reading.

It makes the following key messages:

  Appropriate personnel resourcing processes contribute to effective risk management;

  An understanding of the impact of time pressure and fatigue on human reliability should be applied to resourcing activities;

  Emergency response positions should be well resourced at all times;

  Maintenance activities should be designed and scheduled to reduce the likelihood of error, particularly in relation to interruptions and time pressure;

  Maintenance activities should be subject to independent checks to mitigate any errors that may have occurred prior to task closeout;

  Supervisors should develop a working knowledge of human error and performance shaping factors, and should apply that knowledge in their daily activities;

  Organisational systems and structures should be in place to support supervisors in managing relevant performance shaping factors; and

  Supervisors should not be overburdened with administrative tasks; rather their priority should be to spend sufficient time coaching their employees.

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