OGF Article What is Normal Behavoir at Your Work Sites?


Recent accidents in the oil and gas industry have renewed interest in whether behavioral sciences can provide insights that can be translated into safety interventions. These are typified by the human factors approaches to safety management. Many of these methods are based on an understanding of the behaviors enhancing or limiting human performance, especially in demanding conditions. The best known is crew resource management (CRM), originally developed by the airline industry in the early 1980s after it realized that many of the accidents involved aspects of human behavior rather than just technical failures. The European aviation industry adopted the term "nontechnical skills" for the components of CRM, such as decision making and team work, and the behavioral rating tools that are used to evaluate them.