24 Mar

By Lauren Crichton

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Aberdeen Expert Awarded Industry-Critical Survey Contract

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

Dr Margaret Crichton, managing director of Aberdeen-based People Factor Consultants (PFC), 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 cognitive, 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.

Commenting on the project, Dr Crichton says: “At PFC, we specialise in the crucial combination of technical and non-technical skills essential for workplace safety and performance. 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, found at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/iogp_baselinesurvey, should be completed by drillers, toolpushers and drilling supervisors and can be accessed from 23 March to 1 May 2015.

As providers to a substantial number of the world’s leading oil and gas companies, PFC offers a portfolio of 15 technical and non-technical training courses, many of which are City & Guilds-accredited, as well as providing tailored training and consultancy services to high hazard industries on a worldwide basis. PFC leads the way in ensuring that all industries comprehend the importance of complementary technical and non-technical skills training.