Causal Factors

One of the changes to the 2010 Health & Safety data submission was the request to allocate 'causal factors' to fatal incidents and high potential events. To standardise the response an IOGP list of causal factors and a glossary was provided to the member companies as part of the 2010 User Guide, section 4.12 and Appendix 3a. The causal factors list is divided into two sections:

  • People (Acts) classifications usually involve either the actions of a person or actions which were required but not carried out or were incorrectly performed. There are four major categories of actions, with an additional level of detail under each of the major categories.
  • Process (Conditions) classifications usually involve some type of physical hazard or organizational aspect out with the control of the individual. There are five major classification categories, with an additional level of detail under each of the major categories.

The summary results of the annual survey and full list of causal factors used can be downloaded here in Excel format