24th Annual HPRCT Conference
June 19-22, 2018
Marriott Riverwalk
San Antonio, Texas
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Thursday, June 21 • 3:10pm - 4:00pm
Identifying Human Error in Safety Critical Tasks: Tool Development and Testing

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This presentation will discuss the development of a Safety Critical Task Analysis (SCTA) tool used to identify opportunities for human error and its benefits. It will also describe the successful collaboration between BP and BHGE in the development, testing, and implementation of the tool in different work processes.

In recent years, safety leaders have focused attention on systemic issues that can contribute to human error when completing tasks. Reduction of error traps and implementation of strong defenses play an important role in today’s view of on-the-job safety. Having strong barriers is especially important where there are safety-critical tasks. With that in mind, BP developed a tool to identify error traps and expose potential for barrier failure in collaboration with BHGE.  The team tested the tool across multiple activities including mud logging and directional drilling operations. The tool’s main objectives are to:
  • Identify the possible human errors during the Critical Task
  • Identify which of those errors can lead to the Critical Task failing, leading to a failure of the barrier based on safeguard and mitigations in place. 
  • Assess the risk associated with the error.
  • Identify ways to eliminate error traps and strengthen barriers.

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Sarah Acton

Human Factors Lead, Baker Hughes
Sarah Acton bio- Sarah Acton has a BS degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and an MA in Human Factors Engineering. Ms. Acton has nearly 20 years of experience working with various aspects of human behavior and performance in safety-critical environments. She has spent her... Read More →
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Chris Parker

Senior Human Factors Consultant, BP
Mr. Parker is an internationally recognized Human Factors Engineer and Ergonomist. He is educated and practiced in the application and integration of Human Factors Engineering (HFE) and related disciplines for both commercial and government clients for over 20 years. Mr. Parker began... Read More →

Thursday June 21, 2018 3:10pm - 4:00pm CDT
Salon E

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