OTC: May 2nd – 5th, 2011
The Macondo well (Deepwater Horizon) explosion threw into sharp relief the need for robust human engineering services and competence management; a theme that is expected to feature prominently in the presentations and discussions over the coming days. The OTC’s technical program is hosting a high-profile track entitled “Post-Spill Deepwater Gulf of Mexico and Beyond”, featuring a panel of experts and high-level government officials addressing issues relating to risk, drill safety, energy development and spill response for future oil and gas projects.
One year on, what lessons have been learned, and what can we do to ensure such disasters are averted in the future?;
This tragic event has undoubtedly prompted widespread change to HSE policies governing the way companies work in the Gulf of Mexico. Regulators are now focussing strongly on the 3Ps of safety: people, plant and process. The human factor looms large in their work. Operational regulations will now demand greater control of risks stemming from human error, evidence-based assurance of crew competencies and measures to control risks due to organizational failures.
It is glaringly clear that businesses facing the challenge of managing large-scale, high-value assets need access to advice and support to ensure they comply with these new standards of operation. The financial, legal and environmental costs are potentially so high that firm understanding and compliance with these new regulations proves critically important.
So how may Lloyd’s Register assist?
Lloyd’s Register’s Human Engineering Services are tailor made for the challenges companies face in managing complex asset-intensive processes that place a heavy reliance on the skilled performance of their workforce.
Our presence at the OTC (Booth #5763) provides an opportunity for companies to discover more about how to improve control over human factors issues and safeguard their organization’s operating integrity.
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By W Ian Hamilton, Technical Director, Human Engineering Ltd, Lloyd’s Register Group