Speaker World Usability Congress 2016

Michael Hanna

Management Systems Coordinator, Oil and Gas Industry

Safety and Usability in the Oil and Gas Industry


Usability in the Oil and Gas worker is a matter of life and death.  Operational behaviors involving risk must be driven by procedures – that is the law.  Traditionally documents are well written and technically accurate but are not engineered for usability.  The results can be fatal.  Usability engineering save lives.  We can demonstrate, with real world examples, how usability engineering can reduce accidents.


Behavior driving procedures cannot be crafted with the traditional tools of technical writing.  Users are not readers. The pressures of regulatory compliance, process complexity, and a wide spectrum of risk require documents to compensate for human behavioral needs. By applying research about human behavior, the Petrochemical industry is adopting behavioral methodologies to make the workers safer and more efficient.  Safety and Usability cannot be separated.

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