Considering most of the rigs deal with human-machine interface systems, the role of human factors is at the heart of any successful operation. Eye-tracking technology can be useful in real-time operation centers where ocular movement data can improve the professionals’ performance. The Step Change in Safety Human Factors Workgroup strives to improve basic knowledge and understanding of human factors to ensure related risks are managed and controlled properly. The objective of this paper is to highlight the ability to do this proactively through engagement with the workforce. There are downsides to a "hearts and minds" behavioral safety approach.
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This study aimed to investigate the pulmonary functions of silica-exposed workers and their health-related quality of life in an insulator manufacturing industry. Exposure to welding fumes may result in disorders of the pulmonary, cardiovascular, and reproductive systems. Welders are also at a greater risk of developing symptoms similar to those seen in individuals with idiopathic Parkinson’s disease.
While drug use is a problem among industrial workers nationwide, it raises particular concern in the oil patch as US production surges to record levels in what is already one of the nation’s most dangerous sectors. Inhalation of crystalline silica dust is second only to asbestos as a hazard to construction workers. This video discusses important things to know. Evaluation of Occupational Ocular Trauma: Are We Doing Enough To Promote Eye Safety in the Workplace? The use of eye PPE among workers who sustain an eye injury in the workplace remains low.
This systematic review aimed to evaluate the association between shift work and eating habits and suggests that shift work can affect the quality of workers’ diets. Shift workers show changes in meal patterns, skipping more meals and consuming more food at unconventional times. The aim of this review was to assess the risk of cardiovascular disease events associated with shift work and determine if there is a dose/response relationship in this association. Shift work can interrupt circadian rhythms. A new study shows that exposure to certain types of light can improve alertness in shift workers.
Considering most of the rigs deal with human-machine interface systems, the role of human factors is at the heart of any successful operation. Eye-tracking technology can be useful in real-time operation centers where ocular movement data can improve the professionals’ performance. What Does It Take to Have a Career in Process Safety? Experience working in operating plants at the start of the career can be important to building a successful career in process safety. Twenty-something Jaime Glas is not your typical young professional.
In both developed and developing countries, noise is regarded as the most common occupational hazard in various industries. The present study aimed to examine the effect of sound pressure level on serum cortisol concentration in three different times during the night shift. An examination of studies on air pollutants associated with oil and gas extraction finds that measurements near operational sites have generally failed to mark levels above standard health benchmarks; yet, many studies find poor health outcomes increasing as distance from these operations decreases. "I have some patients whose symptoms I can’t explain," physician Ulrike Meyer said, describing nosebleeds, rare cancers, and respiratory illness among a dearth of data. A partnership between ConocoPhillips, Marathon Oil, and XTO Energy has resulted in the opening of a new clinic catering to the safety and health of oil and gas employees in Carlsbad, New Mexico.
Investigating the causal factors of electric line worker incidents is of high priority due to the decades-long record of incidents in the electric power industry. According to Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS, 2018), 152 electrical line installer fatalities occurred in the U.S. in 2011 through 2016. For the individual years, the fatality numbers were 26, 27, 27, 25, 26 and 21, respectively. These rates often account for the ranking of electric line installers among the most dangerous professions in the U.S. Major contributors to electric line work incidents include electrocutions, machines, tools and vehicles (BLS, 2018). Closer inspection of these contributors reveals that their antecedents consist of attentional, strategic or knowledge factors (Reason, 1997). The study presented in this article investigates the role of sustained attention as a primary contributor to electric line worker incidents.
Little research exists concerning the safety of electric power line installers and, to the authors’ knowledge, no research is available regarding attentiveness as a causal factor of installer incidents. Specifically, the effect of sustained attention and vigilance (cognitive skills of immediate relevance to incident prevention for these workers) has not been examined. Past studies of cognitive-training regimens have evaluated both the effect on the trained task and transfer of training benefit to related but untrained cognitive tasks.