(Why) Are Cognitive human factors missing from the ...

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11th International Symposium on Human Factors in Organisational Design and Management (ODAM 2014) CPH Conference

(Why) Are Cognitive human factors missing from the blunt end in the oil and gas industry?
Author:Stig O. Johnsen (SINTEF, Norway)
Date: 2014-08-19     Track: E - Organization & management     Session: E5 - Participatory ergonomics

The International Association of Oil & Gas producers (OGP) prioritized "more attention paid to HF" as one key issue after the Macondo disaster. We have explored if there is sufficient attention to HF in Norway and why HF is missing through HF verification of four control centers. Our assessment is that HF is poorly prioritized and HF experts and focus is often missing from user organizations. HF must focus on cognitive and organizational factors from the start and organizations should have competence to involve HF experts. Validation and verification from certified HF experts should be performed as early as possible.