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The paper outlines a systemic approach to understanding and assessing safety capability in the offshore oil and gas industry. We present a conceptual framework and assessment guide for understanding fitness-to-operate (FTO) that builds a more comprehensive picture of safety capability for regulators and operators of offshore facilities. The FTO framework defines three enabling capitals that create safety capability: organizational capital, social capital, and human capital. For each type of capital we identify more specific dimensions based on current theories of safety, management, and organizational processes. The assessment guide matches specific characteristics to each element of the framework to support assessment of safety capability. The content and scope of the FTO framework enable a more comprehensive coverage of factors that influence short-term and long-term safety outcomes.

Original publication

DOI

10.1016/j.aap.2013.12.005

Type

Journal article

Journal

Accid Anal Prev

Publication Date

07/2014

Volume

68

Pages

156 - 171

Keywords

Offshore safety, Organizational assessment, Safety capability, Safety culture, Accidents, Occupational, Humans, Models, Organizational, Models, Theoretical, Oceans and Seas, Oil and Gas Fields, Organizational Culture, Organizational Objectives, Risk Assessment, Safety Management, Systems Analysis