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Title: Adapting Human Reliability Analysis from Nuclear Power to Oil and Gas Applications

ABSTRACT: Human reliability analysis (HRA), as currently used in risk assessments, largely derives its methods and guidance from application in the nuclear energy domain. While there are many similarities be-tween nuclear energy and other safety critical domains such as oil and gas, there remain clear differences. This paper provides an overview of HRA state of the practice in nuclear energy and then describes areas where refinements to the methods may be necessary to capture the operational context of oil and gas. Many key distinctions important to nuclear energy HRA such as Level 1 vs. Level 2 analysis may prove insignifi-cant for oil and gas applications. On the other hand, existing HRA methods may not be sensitive enough to factors like the extensive use of digital controls in oil and gas. This paper provides an overview of these con-siderations to assist in the adaptation of existing nuclear-centered HRA methods to the petroleum sector.
  1. Idaho National Laboratory
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Conference: European Safety and Reliability (ESREL), Zurich, 9/7/2015 - 9/10/2015
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Idaho National Laboratory (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States)
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United States
human reliability analysis; nuclear power; petroleum; probabilistic safety assessment