The UK Experience In Managing Risks Arising From Human Error

Global Congress on Process Safety
2011 Global Congress on Process Safety
Global Congress on Process Safety
March 13, 2011 - 8:00pm

Following the Piper Alpha incident in the North Sea, both offshore and onshore Oil and Gas operators in the UK were required under the COMAH (Control of Major Accident Hazards) regulations to submit a Safety Case setting out how the risks in their installations were to be managed. After many years of this regime, it was realised that few Safety Cases considered the risk potential of human activities in these installations, even though the majority of major accidents could be clearly traced to errors either at the operational, design or safety management level. A new regime was implemented, in which there was a clear requirement to address human caused risks in a systematic and auditable manner. This paper sets out the regulatory requirements and processes for assessing human caused risks, and describe a series of case studies based on actual assessments to illustrate the tools and techniques that have been applied to satisfy these requirements. The extent to which the application of these tools could have anticipated and prevented some of the human failures that contributed to the Deepwater Horizon incident will be discussed.
Professional Development Hours
0.5 PDHs
You will be able to download and print a certificate for these PDH credits once the content has been viewed. If you have already viewed this content, please click here to login.

Would you like to access this content?

No problem. You just have to complete the following steps.

You have completed 0 of 2 steps.

  1. Log in

    You must be logged in to view this content. Log in now.

  2. Purchase Technical Presentation

    You must purchase this technical presentation using one of the options below.
    If you already purchased this content recently, please click here to refresh the system's record of ownerships.


Credits 0.5 Use credits
List Price $25.00 Buy now
AIChE Members $15.00 Buy now
AIChE Undergraduate Student Members Free Free access
AIChE Graduate Student Members Free Free access
Skill Level: