Oil and Gas

IHF possesses significant operational and corporate experience within Oil & Gas. Our pragmatic approach to Human Factors issues and challenges within Oil & Gas has seen IHF successfully collaborate with major North Sea operators such as BP, EnQuest, Nexen and Maersk to deliver cost effective and measurable outcomes that reduce opportunities for human error whilst improving business efficiency.


IHF designs, develops and delivers highly experiential and interactive training for organisations of all sizes within the Oil & Gas sector. These courses include:

  • Major Accident Hazard awareness (MAH)
  • Human Factors Awareness (HFAT)
  • Safe Working Behaviours/Behavioural Based Safety (SWB/BBS)
  • ePtW systems
  • O&G Duty Holder
  • Train the Trainer
  • e-Learning

Document Design & Use

IHF is highly skilled at Gap Analysis, development and production, and re-design and reformatting of documents in isolation or as part of a wider HF intervention.


IHF are industry experts on Fatigue Risk Management (FRM) – audit, re-design, implementation and review.

Workload & Staffing Levels

Task Analysis and Time Line Analysis, and measuring the impact of Performance Influencing Factors (PIFs) are some of the techniques IHF have used to improve safety and business performance as a result of improving inefficient workload and staffing levels.


IHF can conduct evaluation of communication, decision-making, awareness, workload and Team Performance Analysis within the framework of the SHELL model.


Safety Critical Task Analysis (SCTA), Cognitive Task Analysis (CTA), Task Analysis (TA), Human Risk Analysis (HRA)

Competence Management

CoW Training, NOTECHS Assessment & Measurement

Safety Systems

Procedural Review, Barrier Models, SHELL, Dirty Dozen



Qualitative Hazard Analysis


Quantitative Risk Analysis

HEART, CREAM, ATHEANA, THERP, Goal Structured Notation

Management of Change (MoC)

Gap Analysis, Document review & Design/Re-Design


Task Analysis, Cognitive Task Analysis, Safety Critical Task Analysis, Organisational Walkthroughs

Emergency Preparedness & Response

Reliability Assessment, Analysis, Assessment and development of Procedures

Incident/Accident Investigation

Critical Incident Technique, Root Cause Analysis, Fault/Event Tree Analysis

Project Planning, Design & Execution

HFIP, ISSoW replacement programs

Safe Work Practices and Permit-to-Work

CoW, ePtW/PtW, Working at Height, Confined Space Entry, ISSoW & ISSoW Replacement Planning, implementation & Training

Process Equipment Design

HMI style-guide authorship, Verification, Design layout to BS EN & ISO standards


Development of Labelling schema, Zonal Analysis

Control Centre Design

Development of Mock-ups, Participatory design Review, Ergonomic Design & Layout, Link Analysis, Workload Analysis

Facilities & Workstation Design

Link Analysis, SHERPA, Anthropometric Assessments, Ergonomic Assessments, Tooling Layouts

Remote Operations

Management of Organisational Change, Link Analysis, Workload Analysis, Design of Remote Access HMIs, Simulation and Procedural development

Alarm Management

Task Analysis for alarm scenarios, FEED of Alarm Systems, Overhaul of alarm triggers, colour schemes and alarm philosophy, Assessments Reviews, Audits and Development, Manuals and Procedures, Qualitative Reliability Assessment


AI Design (Assessment and Review), HMI Design and Verification, Development of Wireframes

How have we helped our clients? The following provides an insight into what we have done for them and what we can do for you


Nexen (CNOOC)

IHF were brought into Nexen in 2011, specifically to develop new management and safety-management systems. At the heart of this project was the design, implementation, training and sustainment phases of a new Control-of-Work (CoW) system (including a new electronic Permit-to-Work (ePtW) system) which produced a more efficient and reliable safe-system-of-work across Nexen’s North Sea assets


IHF’s work for BP Global Upstream and UK Operations included the re-writing and re-formatting procedures and checklists, from diverse areas such as over-side working, temporary habitats, ground excavation, working-at-height, risk assessment and mechanical and electrical isolations. In a nutshell, this was all associated with existing control-of-work systems. IHF also developed a fatigue-management strategy for UK-use, including theoretical and practical applications, from a human-factors perspective.


Maersk Oil engaged IHF Ltd to oversee an overhaul of their CoW system. This included task analysis, process mapping and involved considerable human-factors input to existing and newly-developed procedures.


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

Courses and Training

We at IHF can help your business in many different ways. We have extensive knowledge in many different parts of the oil and gas industry, here are a few of our most popular courses and training alternatives

Introduction to Human Factors

Introductory course for Human Factors and how they can impact your work.
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Situational Awareness

We guide you through a number of SA hazard risks and how to recognise them.
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Human Dynamics Training

Reduce human error, increase reliability and harness the collective power of a team with with our Human Dynamics Training.
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Risk Assessment Team Leader

The RATL course is aimed at experienced risk assessors, to enable participants to preside over better semi-quantitative risk assessments.
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