HSE culture in the petroleum industry – the relationship between behaviour and culture

The petroleum industry is characterised by stringent demands and ideals relating to work by the companies on health, safety and the environment.

Oil company credibility depends on responsibility for safety, both personal and of others, being taken seriously at all levels of the organisation and throughout the supply chain.

The Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) Norway’s project on trends in risk levels (RNNS) on the Norwegian continental shelf is important for understanding various safety and risk trends in these waters.

Efforts by the PSA and the industry to give HSE culture a content have been under way for a time, and a pattern is beginning to emerge in the various approaches to the concept.

A PhD study at the University of Stavanger is taking a more detailed look at clarifying concepts related to behavioural and cultural perspectives on HSE culture.

The project aims to find a more unified approach to the cultural concept and to define an interface between behavioural and cultural perspectives.

It will also investigate which measurement tools and methods might prove to be useful instruments, indicators or approaches to an understanding of HSE culture.

Supervisor UiS; Associate professor Preben H. Lindøe
PhD-scholar; Jorunn E. Tharaldsen