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Oil and Gas

Oil and Gas

Human factors in oil and gas production

The international Association of Oil and Gas Producers has published guidance for Well Operations Crew Resource Management (WOCRM) training for Oil and Gas producers.

WOCRM training provides the knowledge, skills and motivation for wellsite crew involved in safety critical operations in order to:

  • Perform effectively in a team context.
  • Recognise deterioration in cognitive and interpersonal skills in themselves and others.
  • Enable crew members to intervene and to accept interventions from others in a timely and effective manner.

Crew Resource Management (CRM) derives from training programmes developed in the aviation industry has proven to be effective in addressing the human factors and non-technical skills failures that can lead to incidents and accidents. Effective implementation of CRM can potentially reduce the risk of adverse events in other industries. In the aviation, nuclear and marine industries, operational staff regularly receive CRM training to maintain or improve their non-technical skills. In the UK, it is mandatory for commercial pilots to not only receive regular CRM training but also to have their CRM skills formally assessed as part of their regular licence revalidation.


Adverse outcomes in well operations have been associated with failures in non-technical aspects of performance — team working, risk assessment, leadership, decision making, and communication. The Macondo blowout being one high profile example.

Human factors training for oil and gas producers

We offer a range of human factors based training programmes for oil and gas production companies. We can also develop and deliver bespoke programmes to meet specific company requirements.

In-company training

We host a full schedule of training courses at our purpose-built facilities in the UK. We also deliver in-company training courses, at your choice of location, worldwide. In-company training can be tailored to offer a cost-effective and bespoke solution to suit individual company requirements.

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