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5 principles for upgrading your behavior-based safety programs

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Imagine using a piece of technology from last century to solve a problem in this century. Unfortunately, that’s what’s happening for too many organizations in the world of safety. By some accounts, behavior-based safety was introduced into the American workplace as far back as the 1930s. Since then, it has become a mainstay for many US organizations trying to keep their workers safe. The problem is that times have changed, but behavior-based safety hasn’t. It’s still largely a pencil-to-paper system of peer-to-peer observations that leans too heavily on identifying and disciplining bad worker behavior...

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Premier Oil’s MacLaurin: Industry can’t remain ambivalent about climate change

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Corporate responsibility is a must, not a luxury, and drilling contractors and operators must work together to align their thinking and messaging around safety and environmental protection, Phil MacLaurin, Country Manager for Premier Oil, said in a keynote address at the 2018 IADC Drilling HSE&T Asia Pacific Conference on 25 January in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. “In our industry, effective environmental and safety management must always be paramount… The expectations of society are evolving. They are becoming more demanding and sophisticated.”...

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EY poll shows disconnects between oil and gas industry, general public

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Perceptions matter, and there continue to be major disconnects between how the oil and gas industry perceives itself and public perceptions. In a presentation at the 2017 IADC Annual General Meeting in Austin, Texas, on 9 November, Deborah Byers, US Oil and Gas Leader for EY, presented results from the company’s Oil and Gas Perception Poll, conducted early this year. A total of 1,204 Americans ages 16 and older were surveyed, along with 109 oil and gas executives. The findings illuminate the need to change public perception to secure the future of the industry. Watch the video to learn about the survey’s results...

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HSE&T Corner: Supervisors should seek to understand internal, external factors that influence employee behaviors affecting safety

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Performance management and feedback play a critical role in developing and instilling a safety culture within a company. Too often, however, when an incident occurs, supervisors and managers forget that behavior does not occur in a vacuum, Michael LeBlanc, Consultant Manager for Intertek, said on 17 October at the 2017 IADC Human Factors Conference in Galveston, Texas. “When we think of performance management, we have to take into account what goes into an employee’s decisions,” he said. Understanding both the internal and external factors that influence an employee’s thinking and decisions can help a supervisor learn to change how they think about and approach safety...

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Procedural adherence teams help align employee, company values and reduce incidents

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The industry’s traditional approaches to investigating and preventing incidents – including audits and reports – don’t work, Jerold Timpson, President of Kaufman Global, said in a presentation at the 2017 IADC Human Factors Conference in Galveston, Texas. These methods rely on human memory, which is fallible, and often require people to incriminate themselves, which they’re unwilling to do, he explained in a video from the conference on 17 October. In the video, he also discusses the benefits of using procedural adherence teams to align values and reduce incidents...

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To address human factors, industry must improve implementation

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The oil and gas industry is now devoting significantly more time and energy to accounting for human factors when writing procedures and creating new training programs. However, human factors is not new to the industry. Groups like the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (IOGP) have been looking into human factors for 20 years, Chris Hawkes, Safety Director for IOGP, said during a panel session at the 2017 IADC Human Factors Conference in Galveston, Texas. Events like Macondo have brought this discipline into even sharper focus, he added. In this video from the conference on 17 October, Mr Hawkes explains why their industry needs to better account for how human performance is impacted by the need for social survival. He also discusses how the industry, which is excellent at developing recommendations and guidance, can be better at their implementation....

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