Measuring and Improving Blended Project-Safety Culture in Operations of Offshore Oil and Gas Facilities
Date & Time
Thursday, October 7, 2021, 10:15 AM - 10:45 AM
Ivan Damnjanovic

In a broad sense safety culture can be defined as a group of socio-psychological factors that determines organizational commitment to safety. One way of thinking about safety culture is “what we do when no one is looking”. Trying to measure and therefore manage “what we do when no one is looking” behavior represents a challenge. This challenge is particularly visible in highly fragmented industry segments such as offshore facilities where many of the standard activities are planned and executed by third-party contractors, hired part-time workers, and/or onshore-based specialized teams. In such environment, the question is not only how to measure the factors that contribute to and define safety culture, but also what safety culture are we trying to measure? Owners? Contractors? Specialized teams? By considering this viewpoint on safety culture two specific issues arise: 1) How can one assess the blend of safety cultures in ad hoc (project) teams? and 2) How does contractors’ project culture affects safety culture? The answers to these two questions hold the key to better understanding of what the current safety culture is and what needs to get done to improve it. In this presentation we discuss the methods the contractors and offshore facility operators can use to align their success factors and defines the culture that promotes safety.

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