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Framework for the assessment of the safety culture in the oil and gas industry.

  • Rocha, Raoni1
  • Duarte, Francisco2
  • Lima, Francisco P A3
  • Mercado, Marina2
  • Araújo, Adriana4
  • Garotti, Luciano5
  • Campos, Magno1
  • 1 Department of Production Engineering, Administration and Economics, Federal University of Ouro Preto (UFOP), Campus Morro do Cruzeiro, s/n, Ouro Preto, CEP 35400-000, Brazil. , (Brazil)
  • 2 Production Engineering Program, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Av. Pedro Calmon, 550, Rio de Janeiro, CEP 21941-901, Brazil. , (Brazil)
  • 3 Department of Production Engineering, Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), Av. Pres. Antônio Carlos, 6627 - Pampulha, Belo Horizonte, CEP 31270-901, Brazil. , (Brazil)
  • 4 Petrobras, Safety, Environment and Health, R. Marquês de Herval, 90, Santos, CEP 11010-310, Brazil. , (Brazil)
  • 5 Petrobras, Research and Development Center (CENPES), Av. Horácio Macedo, 950, Rio de Janeiro CEP 21941-970, Brazil. , (Brazil)
Published Article
International journal of occupational safety and ergonomics : JOSE
Publication Date
Dec 11, 2023
DOI: 10.1080/10803548.2023.2293389
PMID: 38083834


AbstractApproaches to safety culture assessment may have many limits if supported exclusively by quantitative methods. Based on that, a research team developed a quantitative-qualitative approach to assess the maturity of the safety culture on an oil platform. To that end, the team sought to develop and test a method consisting of an initial ethnographic phase followed by 4 other distinct phases: definition of homogeneous groups; production of customized questionnaires; quantitative evaluation; and qualitative assessment. The results show the emergence of trends, from pre-defined themes in the safety culture to specific levels of maturity for each of the homogeneous groups. At the same time, it was possible to perceive that the maturity level of the groups is defined from the daily work practices developed by each one of them. This experience allowed us to propose a framework for assessing the maturity levels of safety culture for the oil and gas industry.

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