Expert agrees human error causes up to 96% of incidents in oil and gas sector
Technological improvements and human capital come under the spotlight at the 9th Annual HSE Forum in Energy, which takes place at the Doha Grand Hyatt in Qatar on 30 September to 2 October 2013.
Global consultancy Sentis, a leader in the application of psychology to safety, leadership development and wellbeing in the workplace is actively involved in advancing HSE in the Middle East and an avid supporter of the HSE Forum.
Experts at Sentis, agree that emerging technology is increasingly playing a key role in HSE for the oil & gas industry, by introducing new, more efficient processing techniques and analytics for site component measurement, as well as from a safety perspective increased monitoring, new safety equipment, PPE and site safety measures.
However while these technological improvements will likely realise marginal performance improvements in safety performance, according to Sentis, industry research suggests that 91 percent to 96 percent of incidents within this highly regulated and highly managed industry are due to human error.
“Technology is not a panacea to HSE challenges in itself - it must be aligned with the human resources of any organisation in order to be successful. Combining interactive organisational change programs with innovative new technologies to improve safety culture and performance can help realise this alignment,” said Fadi Merhi, general manager of Sentis Middle East.Merhi added that although the Middle East is at the cutting edge of technical advances in the industry, the majority of organisations are yet to recognise the advances made in enhancing human capital potential in the area of safety performance.
“Right across the Middle East there is a need to improve HSE performance inline with global advancement organisations. Irrespective of oil & gas technological development, progress will be limited unless employees become a focus for safety investment.
“By employing these advanced new techniques, there’s potential for employers across the region to get much more from their human capital. Even a relatively small increase in performance of 1% from each employee, over a 12 month period can have an immense impact on profit.
“Safety is not about protecting workers from something, it is about protecting them for something. Employees can only be protected from their environment to a certain extent - it is only in making safety individually important to them that you witness significant and lasting improvement in organisational safety performance,” added Merhi.
Held under the patronage of HE Dr. Mohammed Bin Saleh Al-Sada, Minister of Energy & Industry and Chairman & Managing Director of Qatar Petroleum, the two-day conference and exhibition, with workshops on day three, is designed to help support initiatives to reduce workplace fatalities and maintain employee wellbeing in the region’s energy sector.