IChemE 6th Regional Process Safety Seminar - Influencing Human Performance

Process safety – who should be accountable?

17 - 18 August 2015

Despite this century’s increase in process automation and the proliferation of smart technology, humans remain an essential component of the working environment. The demands on human performance have however changedsignificantly over the years with the end result that employees, organizations and leaders have to adapt continuously.

Management and organisational factors have a large influence on accidents and incidents, either directly or through their impact on the behaviours of employees. How can an organisation motivate their people to exhibit the right behaviours and ensurethat the barriers in place to prevent, control and recover from an incident are effective?

This seminar will bring together thought leaders to share how cultural or behavioural interventions can be successfully implemented in tandem with engineering as well as having technical and systems aspects in place and adequately managed.

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ERM at the Seminar

ERM is a leading authority on Human Factors within Oil and Gas and has been invited to share its expertise and lessons learned with regard to how management and organizational factors have a large influence on accidents and incidents, either directly or through their impact on the behaviors of employees. ERM will have an excellent opportunity to provide inputs into the discussions presented at the seminar from a Human Factors and Sustainable Safety view point.

ERM partner and human factors specialist Charles Van Schalkwyk will speak at the seminar and ERM is also sponsoring the event.

Charles van Schalkwyk
ERM Partner
Safety and Risk Practitioner & Human Factors Specialist

Charles is Safety & Risk Practitioner and a Human Factors Specialist (MSc), with over 12 years’ experience within Oil & Gas. He is a member of the Ergonomic Society of South Africa (ESSA), Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES), Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), IChemE, and a Certified and Registered Member of the Institute for Ergonomics and Human Factors (MIEHF # 2508). 

His experience includes numerous Risk & Safety projects for various Oil and Gas companies and operators, including but not limited to: BP, PDO, ADNOC, ADMA, Dolphin Energy, Petronas, HESS, Qatar Gas/Petroleum, Dubai Petroleum, Teekay, Bumi Armada, BW Offshore, etc. In addition, he has five year experience acting as Regional Human Factors Specialist and Technical Authority throughout Asia Pacific for Shell Eastern Petroleum Ltd. The diversity of his experience includes Human Factors Engineering, Hazard Identification Studies (HAZID)/ Hazard and Effects qualitative analysis, Process Safety Management (PSM), ALARP & Bow-Tie Analysis, HSE & Process Critical Activities, Safety Critical Task/Element identification and analysis , Performance Standards (PS), Written Schemes of Verification (WSV), HSE/ Safety Cases (Design & Operational), Human Factors and Safety Case Integration, and Human Error and Incident/Accident investigations.

In addition to his primary qualifications Charles holds an Executive MBA degree with a focus on business strategy risk analysis and direct investing & divesting within the oil & gas industry.


Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia