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Hazardex 2017 Conference: Measuring Competence – Facing up to Reality!

Author : Ian Travers - Lockheed Martin UK

03 November 2016

It is well acknowledged that a significant, if not the most prominent, underlying cause of major accidents and loss of containment incidents is human error. Yet so few organisations have effective KPIs or performance measures to monitor this critical aspect of process safety measurement. Few, if any, have effective leading indicators. 

As human performance is an outcome of Competence Management then it is important that this aspect of risk management is monitored and measured. 

This paper explores the options for directly measuring the outcomes of Competence Management Systems. Many organisations consider this as being too difficult and confrontational but positive options are available to measure human performance which can support and build on process safety behavioural safety programmes. I have drawn on my experience of investigation of major accidents and from my work with major hazard companies in developing targeted KPI programmes to underpin this approach.
 
About the Speaker

Ian Travers is Principal Consultant (Process Safety), Lockheed Martin UK Information Systems and Global Solutions. He spent over 25 years with the HSE, latterly as Deputy Director, Chemicals Regulation, and has extensive experience in the regulation of major hazard industries and in the investigation of major incidents.

He led the joint HSE and industry response to the major fire and explosion at the Buncefield fuel depot in the UK and established the UK Process Safety Leadership Group.


He also chaired the international expert panel to publish the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Guidelines on Process Safety Governance which is now the global benchmark on Process Safety Leadership.


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