Aberdeen safety expert wins international oil and gas research project

Dr Margaret Crichton
Dr Margaret Crichton

Dr Margaret Crichton, managing director of Aberdeen-based People Factor Consultants, has been appointed by the International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (IOGP) to lead an industry-critical baseline survey project.


The online survey will assess the extent and use of non-technical skills behaviours in the global upstream oil and gas industry, initially focusing on key roles within well operations teams – drillers, toolpushers and drilling supervisors.


These social and personal resource skills contribute to safe and efficient task performance in the workplace, and are becoming increasingly recognised in the industry as vital factors in the reduction of the potential for errors.


In her role at PFC, chartered psychologist Dr. Crichton offers global consultancy and training services in non-technical skills and human factors, primarily for high hazard organisations.


Dr Crichton commented: “High hazard organisations must ensure that safety is always the highest priority and non-technical skills such as decision making, stress management and situation awareness are crucial to that safety culture.


“The results of the survey will allow us to analyse the influence of non-technical skills within oil and gas working environments, and determine to what extent these skills need to be developed and improved. The survey will be released globally and will offer those who take part an invaluable opportunity to influence change within the oil and gas industry.”


The survey should be completed by drillers, toolpushers and drilling supervisors by 1 May 2015.

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