Angela McLean

Angela McLean

Human Factors Advisor

Ensuring the safety and wellbeing of our staff and the provision of a safe place of work is a priority for Chrysaor. People like Angela McLean, human factors advisor work hard to continuously improve our methodology.

Human factors is an essential component in Chrysaor’s effort to operate in a safe and efficient manner. It plays a key role in the design of tools, equipment and user interfaces in a way that safely augments our work performance.

Angela has worked in the oil and gas industry for 30 years. After completing a communications degree as a mature student, she returned to the industry in health and safety roles supporting the maintenance of safety cases and the Control of Major Accident Hazards (COMAH) reports. Today, she is responsible for coordinating Chrysaor’s human factors programme, which involves liaising with stakeholders and collaborating with consultants to ensure it is delivered in accordance with company strategy.

In her time within the industry, she has come across the term ‘human factors’ many times, but each time it was fleeting and poorly understood. ‘There were a lot of discussions about it, but there was no clear or consistent understanding and discussions petered-out,’ she explains.

‘When I joined Chrysaor, it was refreshing to discover their approach was to integrate it into everything we do as a key part of our major accident prevention strategy. We have taken time to understand industry guidance and from this we have developed a comprehensive plan to improve human factors across the business.

Our crews are fully involved in the development and review of all our safety critical procedures and some operational integrity issues have been addressed as a result of their feedback. This ensures the safety of our people and plant and reduces the potential for a major accident. It also highlights where engineering controls need to be considered to reduce human intervention. Tantamount to this is continued collaboration with frontline personnel to ensure the procedures are accurate, fit-for-purpose and allow more efficient and safe execution of safety critical tasks.’

Angela recently completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Ergonomics and Human Factors with the University of Derby and she is now completing vocational courses at her own pace while applying the principles to real-world scenarios.

With her systematic approach and enthusiasm for learning, her actions support all of us in carrying out our day-to-day activities at Chrysaor in a safe and efficient way.

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