Human and organisational factors in end of service life and decommissioning

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  • Published: February 2019
  • REF/ISBN: 9781787250543
  • Edition: 1st
  • Status: Current

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Health, safety, wellbeing and performance of those working on sites, both on and offshore, undergoing decommissioning can be adversely affected by changes in the nature of the tasks performed and the conditions under which they are performed. This publications explores the human and organisational factors (HOF) that are relevant to ensuring safe and effective decommissioning. It describes a generic decommissioning life cycle, as well as the potential HOF problems that can arise during decommissioning and guidance on how they can be addressed.

Guidance on managing human and organisational factors in decommissioning, published in 2010, originated within the nuclear industry. It was kindly donated to the Energy Institute by Magnox Sites and retained its essentially nuclear plant decommissioning focus. The 2010 guidance will remain available from our website for reference; however, this new version broadens the scope of the original to include material of more specific interest to other industrial sectors, in particular onshore process industry and offshore oil and gas. This guidance is applicable to all major accident hazard industries and to many others since the HOF requirements are largely the same across all sectors.

The guidance in this publication is aimed both at the specialist HOF practitioner and anyone who wishes to know more about the subject. It will allow practitioners to determine whether they have adequately considered all HOF aspects of decommissioning, and help other readers to test their understanding of the issues and determine whether specialist help is needed.

Please note this publication does not provide details on how to decommission major hazard facilities.

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