IPIECA and OGP held a workshop on Managing fatigue in the oil and gas industry from 11-12 November 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The workshop was hosted by Petrobras and had over 60 participants from Operating and Service companies, Regulators, fatigue consultants and modelers, as well as academics and representatives from other industries. Excessive human fatigue can have significant adverse outcomes on individual safety, health and productivity, and in safety critical industries fatigue can contribute to major incidents.
The first day of the workshop was organised around a series of talks from experts presenting on different approaches available to conduct and interpret fatigue risk assessments. These included key-note presentations from Rafael Moure-Eraso, Chairman of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board and Professor Frida Marina Fischer, President of the Working Time Society. The talks ranged from “Setting the scene on Fatigue Risk Assessment” to “Fatigue tools and approaches that should be used” as well as more practical presentations on validation and interpretation of results of assessments.
The second day provided attendees with a more interactive experience with four group workshops facilitated by experts in the field of fatigue and fatigue risk assessment. The impact on individual safety, health and productivity and the costs to the industry associated with injuries, accidents, lost working time and the reputational damage that can be associated with environmental and other incidents can be excessive, and this practical day allowed attendees to grasp the important issues at hand. Each attendee had the opportunity to participate in all four group discussions:
- What factors are important in making judgments about whether an assessed level of fatigue could be considered tolerable?
- What would your organisation want to see in an OGP-IPIECA Guide to Best Practice in conducting Fatigue Risk Assessments?
- What are the factors that determine whether someone should be considered competent to perform a Fatigue Risk Assessment?
- How important is it that a fatigue risk assessment is based on good quality science?
This two day event was the third in a series of regional workshops undertaken by IPIECA and OGP. The information captured from the three events will serve as a basis for developing an IPIECA-OGP guidance document on how to perform and interpret human fatigue risk assessments.