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Don't miss this SPE Distinguished Lecturer!

"Human Factors in Barrier Thinking"

Ron McLeod

Ron McLeod Ltd.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

5 PM - 7 PM

Landmark Hotel Sukhumvit, Bangkok

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The oil and gas industry places great reliance on layers-of-defenses, or barrier thinking, to protect against process safety incidents. Human performance continues to be the single most widely relied on barrier: whether as a defense in its own right, or in implementing, inspecting, maintaining and supporting engineered defenses. Human error, in its many forms, also continues to be a significant threat to the reliability of engineered and organizational defenses. While approaches to developing and assuring layers of defenses strategies have become increasingly formalized and rigorous in recent years, many organizations struggle to know how to ensure the human defenses they rely on are as robust as they reasonably can be when those strategies are developed and implemented. Drawing on the 2005 explosion and fire at the Buncefield fuel storage site as a case study, the presentation considers issues associated with the independence and effectiveness of human defenses. The key idea SPE members should take away from the lecture is that organizations can improve the strength of their human defenses by being clearer about exactly what it is they expect and intend of human performance to protect against threats. The presentation sets out challenges organizations can use to ensure the human defenses they rely on are as robust and reliable as they reasonably can be.


Ron McLeod holds a BSc in Psychology, an MSc in Ergonomics and a Ph.D. in Engineering and Applied Science and is Honorary Professor of Engineering Psychology at Heriot-Watt University. He has more than 30 years experience as a Human Factors specialists and was Shell’s Global Discipline Lead for Human Factors until March 2014. He has been active in organisations including the UK National Advisory Committee on Human Factors, the Process Safety Leadership Group, as well as the IOGP, SPE and CIEHF. He has published in scientific journals and has authored or contributed to numerous technical standards and best-practice guides.  His first book, “Designing for Human Reliability:  Human Factors Engineering in the Oil, Gas and Process Industries” was published by Elsevier in 2015.

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