Sites: GlobalSpec.com | GlobalSpec Electronics | CR4 | Electronics360
Login | Register
The Engineer's Place for News and Discussion®


Oil & Gas Technology

The Oil & Gas Technology Blog is the place for conversation and discussion about Drilling, Refining, Exploration, and Distribution. Here, you'll find everything from application ideas, to news and industry trends, to hot topics and cutting edge innovations.

Previous in Blog: Picking on Peak Oil   Next in Blog: Running over the Relics
Close

Comments Format:






Close

Subscribe to Discussion:

CR4 allows you to "subscribe" to a discussion
so that you can be notified of new comments to
the discussion via email.

Close

Rating Vote:







4 comments

Competence or Just Compliance?

Posted November 02, 2011 7:18 AM

Is compliance a good substitute for competence? Not according to OPITO, the Offshore Petroleum Industry Training Organization. The organization identified widespread conflict between the effort companies make to ensure that their systems are compliant, and the need to accurately assess the competency of employees to handle routine operations as well as emergencies. OPITO went on to cite the lack of global competency standards as a core issue, and recommends the industry take a new look at prioritizing competency over compliance.

The preceding article is a "sneak peek" from Oil & Gas Technology, a newsletter from GlobalSpec. To stay up-to-date and informed on industry trends, products, and technologies, subscribe to Oil & Gas Technology today.

Reply

Interested in this topic? By joining CR4 you can "subscribe" to
this discussion and receive notification when new comments are added.

Comments rated to be Good Answers:

These comments received enough positive ratings to make them "good answers".
3
Guru
Hobbies - CNC - New Member Hobbies - DIY Welding - New Member Engineering Fields - Electromechanical Engineering - New Member

Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 11081
Good Answers: 139
#1

Re: Competence or Just Compliance?

11/02/2011 9:02 AM

You can be in compliance right up to a disaster.

Competence on the other hand, in though the process is in compliance has a better chance of recognizing the warning signs and issuing corrective action to avoid a disaster.

__________________
phoenix911
Reply Good Answer (Score 3)
Guru
Hobbies - DIY Welding - New Member, but planning to be an Old Member Popular Science - Weaponology - New Member United States - US - Statue of Liberty - 56 Year Member

Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Cheyenne, America
Posts: 5568
Good Answers: 214
#2
In reply to #1

Re: Competence or Just Compliance?

11/02/2011 9:20 AM

"You can be in compliance right up to a disaster."

I like that. Well said. I see a lot of the head-in-the-sand, lockstep type procedures that lead directly to a disaster or catastrophe of some type.

Critical path method: A construction management technique where you lose your shirt under complete control.

__________________
Semper Ubi Sub Ubi
Reply
Guru
Hobbies - CNC - New Member Hobbies - DIY Welding - New Member Engineering Fields - Electromechanical Engineering - New Member

Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 11081
Good Answers: 139
#3
In reply to #2

Re: Competence or Just Compliance?

11/02/2011 9:35 AM

I've done my job and in Compliance, WHAT HAPPENED, THATS NOT MY RESPONSIBLITY.

__________________
phoenix911
Reply
Guru

Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 1756
Good Answers: 59
#4

Re: Competence or Just Compliance?

11/03/2011 12:22 AM

Buerocrats love perfect compliance and abhor innovation they can't grasp. Hence no innovation is permitted and competence is downgraded.

Innovative people and outfits innovate, try things out, and proceed with discipline. Discipline is thought out, and self imposed.

Reply
Reply to Blog Entry 4 comments
Interested in this topic? By joining CR4 you can "subscribe" to
this discussion and receive notification when new comments are added.

Comments rated to be Good Answers:

These comments received enough positive ratings to make them "good answers".
Copy to Clipboard

Users who posted comments:

Doorman (1); leveles (1); phoenix911 (2)

Previous in Blog: Picking on Peak Oil   Next in Blog: Running over the Relics