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Document ID (ISN)106297
CIS number 07-477
ISSN - Serial title 1080-3548 - International Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics
Year 2006
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Meshkati N.
Title Safety and human factors considerations in control rooms of oil and gas pipeline systems: Conceptual issues and practical observations
Bibliographic information 1st quarter 2006, Vol.12, No.1, p.79-93. 49 ref.
Abstract Oil and gas pipeline systems are run by human controllers who use computer-based workstations in control rooms. This article reviews human factor elements that could contribute to the lack of controller success in preventing or mitigating pipeline accidents. These elements exist in the work environment (e.g. shift hours, shift length, circadian rhythms, fatigue, ergonomics, workplace distractions) and in the design and operation of the computer system. This article discusses the critical effects of human and organizational factors and highlights the role of their interactions with automation in the safe operation of complex, large-scale pipeline systems. A case study demonstrates the critical role of human organizational factors in the control room of an oil and gas pipeline system.
Descriptors (primary) human factors; petroleum and natural gas industry; human failure; computer-assisted control
Descriptors (secondary) automation; work organization; case study; shift work; vigilance tasks; man-computer interfaces; fatigue; psychology of work organization; ergonomics; hours of work; control panels and desks; piping
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Ergonomics and work organization
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
Browse category(ies) Petroleum and natural gas industry
Psychological factors