Management of Organizational Change

In response to significant incidents across the oil and chemical industries a number of different regulations and recommendations have appeared requiring extensive study and documentation of any changes that are made to staffing levels, staffing arrangements and job duties in a production facility. Lack of Management of Organizational Change was highlighted by the Baker panel as a contributory factor in the recent Texas City incident. Industry standards, such as OSHA 1910, the Chemical Manufacturers Association Management of Safety during Organizational Changes, ordinances in Contra Costa County, California, UK Health and Safety Executive regulations, as well as overall Best Practices in Management of Organizational Change, all place extensive requirements on production Companies. It can be difficult to manage these requirements and ensure changes are well conceived, well executed and safe.

Service Description

We will come to your site and put on a three day workshop to review Management of Organizational Change Best Practices with key personnel on your site. This is an excellent tool to create awareness within your organization, since many sites do not fully understand the potential impacts that changes in staffing levels, staffing arrangements and job duties can have on an Organization. Nor do they understand that current Best Practices, and in some regions regulations, require a formal Management of Organizational Change process.
The workshop covers the following topics:

  • What is MOOC?
  • Industry regulations and best practices
  • What triggers a MOOC?
  • Who make up a MOOC team?
  • UCDS MOOC methodology
  • Case studies from client facility

For additional information or to book a workshop please contact us.

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Situation Awareness

Abnormal situations encompass a range of events outside the “normal” plant operating modes, e.g. trips, fires, explosions, toxic releases or just not reaching planned targets. In the past incidents such as Piper Alpha, Milford Haven, Flixborough, Texas City and the 2003 northeast electrical blackout have all been attributed, at least in part, to a fundamental lack of good situational awareness. Early work of the Abnormal Situation Management Consortium® included a survey of the US petrochemical industry. Based on their research the consortium estimates industry losses of around $20 billion per year from abnormal situations, approximately equal to the total annual profits of that industry. Furthermore these studies indicate that companies achieving Best Practices in operations can improve productivity by 5-12%. To learn more Click Here


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About the Control Room Operator Performance Group

The purpose of this group is to share ideas and solutions that contribute to improving the performance of the control room operator. Abnormal situations can be managed safely and effectively if we provide our operators with the right training, workload, environment, and interfaces.