HSE event: How do you implement Safety-II and Learning from Normal Work?

At Dansk Offshore’s HSE event in Esbjerg on February 27 from 12:30 – 16:00, Human Factors Specialist Thomas Koester from Noble will introduce the audience to the practical implementation and roll-out of Safety-II and Learning from Normal Work (LfNW) on board drilling rigs in operation.

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The oil and gas industry has for decades learned about safety from the analysis of failure, adverse events, incidents, and accidents. This approach is called Safety-I. Safety-I has helped the industry reach a plateau of general high levels safety, measured as the absence of incidents, compared to other industries, but there is still room for further and continuous improvements.

Researchers in human factors and safety have suggested that safety critical industries, in the future, should not only learn from failure, but also from the normal everyday successful work. This approach is called Safety-II.

At Dansk Offshore HSE event on February 27 2024 in Esbjerg, Human Factors Specialist Thomas Koester will use the safety culture transformation in Noble Drilling as a case.

Thomas will tell the participants about the practicalities of the implementation, what to consider, what tools and methods to use and what barriers and difficulties you might experience – and how to overcome them.

Focus will be on the practical aspects of implementation and less on the theoretical and academic background behind the new view on safety.

12.30 – 13.00 Lunch
13.00 – 14.00: Theory and background of Safety-II and Learning from Normal Work 
14.00 – 14.25 Networking and coffee
14.25 – 15.30: Group exercise, practical experiences, perspectives, conclusions and takeaways
15.30 – 16.00 Networking and coffee

About Thomas Koester: Thomas Koester graduated with a master’s degree in psychology and computer science in 1998. He worked as a human factors specialist and consultant in many different industries including maritime transportation, energy industry, railways, healthcare and hospitals until 2020 when he joined Maersk Drilling as Human Factors Specialist.He currently works as Human Factors Specialist at FORCE Technology on assignment for Noble Drilling A/S with a focus on investigation and operational learning.