Organizational Change and Competency Assurance - Panel

Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 3:30pm-5:00pm AWST

Session Chair: 

  • Steve Arendt , VP-Global Oil, Gas and Chemicals at ABS Group 

Session Co-Chair:

Session Description:

Industry mergers and acquisitions, ageing workforces leading to retirement of skilled personnel, exceptional growth in offshore activity and new onshore LNG processing demands, increasing complexity and work pace, financial and productivity imperatives  are among factors that need to be considered in maintaining process safety and competency assurance amidst organizational change.  Such factors and the systems and governance processes to deal with them, need to be part of a Board and senior management’s leadership responsibilities.  They are relevant in all industries involving high risk work such as in the offshore marine sector or the petrochemical industry whether in Australia or elsewhere in the Asia-Pacific.  One way to assess organizational ‘fitness to operate’ that has been applied in the offshore sector involves looking at three intersecting ‘capitals’.  Accelerating individual learning and maintaining competence is another challenge that will be considered in this panel session.

Schedule:

Presentation Speaker
Standards and Governance to Address the Challenges of Organisational Change and Competency Assurance Romanie Hollingworth, Governance Institute
Fitness to Operate and Safety in Changing and Unpredictable Environments Prof. Mark Griffin, The University of Western Australia 
Addressing the Safety Challenges of Organisational Change and Competency Assurance in the Offshore Marine Industry Mark Small, Industrial Foundation for Accident Prevention (IFAP) & Safety Institute of Australia
Lessons Learned and Changes following the Qingdao Accident Mu Shanjun and Zhang Shucai, SINOPEC
Moderated Panel Discussion  Prof. Mile Terziovski, Dean, Curtin Graduate School of Business

Standards and Governance to Address the Challenges of Organisational Change and Competency Assurance

Romanie Hollingworth, Governance Institute

This presentation will provide a short, general introduction to the aims and benefits of compliance and corporate governance standards and principles and will refer to some examples.  It is not only companies that need to be mindful of such standards and principles as a mechanism to minimise the risk of liability, but also directors

Fitness to Operate and Safety in Changing and Unpredictable Environments

Prof. Mark Griffin, The University of Western Australia 

Offshore operations show signs of increasing complexity. In complex systems, people must interact with technology to ensure reliability under changing and unpredictable conditions. We outline how human, social, and organisational capital combine to create overall safety capability. The three capitals encompass the various skills, communication processes, and organisational systems that enable both reliability and innovation. Practical implications for management, regulation, and change are discussed. 

Addressing the Safety Challenges of Organisational Change and Competency Assurance in the Offshore Marine Industry

Mark Small, Industrial Foundation for Accident Prevention (IFAP) & Safety Institute of Australia

Mark’s presentation will provide an insight into how training and competency assurance is conducted in the Maritime Industry. In particular Mark will discuss the use of high tech simulators as an initiative to improve competency assurance. Mark will also provide an overview of the new International requirements for Continued Competence training as mandated by the International Maritime Organisation.

Lessons Learned and Changes following the Qingdao Accident

Mu Shanjun and Zhang Shucai, SINOPEC

The disaster, occurring on Nov. 22th in Qingdao China, resulted in 62 death knell and 136 injuring. It could be considered as a typical black swan event, revealing much management defect existing in petrochemical industry and giving us a costly warning that we should make substantial changes to our process safety. In this presentation, the latest investigation results about this accident will be introduced, and the introspection about the existing defect focusing on the management hierarchy and corresponding obligation as well as competency will also be shared.