Oil and Gas

IHF have worked in the Oil & Gas sector in Aberdeen for nearly 6 years with large operators such as Nexen, BP and Maersk Oil. Our approach to control of work has adopted a Human System Integration (HSI) approach with a focus on simplification, removal of ambiguity and contradictions and providing as usable a system as possible. This is key in reducing opportunities for human error. IHF’s work in O&G concentrates on the application of HF methodologies and techniques in:

  • Control of work processes
  • Fatigue
  • Integration of safety and business critical software systems
  • Human-machine interface
Sustainment concentrates on training, refinement based on customer feedback and investigation of near-misses and incidents from an HF perspective.


Fatigue is an increasingly important performance-shaping factor in the UKCS, particularly because of changes in risk profiles. IHF provide a comprehensive approach to fatigue management through:

  • Training
  • Providing fatigue-reducing equipment
  • Identifying and plugging any gaps in existing arrangements
Our training ranges from HF awareness courses, including e-learning, to bespoke courses for senior management, and specialist offerings such as risk-assessment team leader training.


Control of Major Accident Hazards

“COMAH operators may choose to draw on external, competent support to help inform and direct certain aspects of HF integration (e.g. a Chartered Ergonomist or a Chartered Human Factors Specialist accredited by the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors). This is acceptable, provided the COMAH operator maintains an effective intelligent customer capability. In any event, COMAH establishments should aim to secure local ownership of key HF standards and their implementation. This will usually involve the introduction of measures to develop and maintain a suitable level of ‘in-house’ HF expertise (either at the establishment, or via a central/corporate HF support function).”

At IHF we draw upon our considerable experience in safety-critical operations in both military and civilian settings where tight tolerances and situational awareness are vital. Our work in Oil & Gas and Aviation have honed our ability to locate where humans are most vulnerable within a system. Our certified ergonomists are ready to assist you in keeping your people and your operation safe and compliant. HF assessment also helps organisations streamline and improve their processes proactively and can make a measurable improvement to overall efficiency and productivity.

We are accredited by the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors.


If you have any questions about human factors and what we can do for your business, please don't hesitate to contact us.