Lecturer 2014-15 Lecture Season
Assuring an Adequate Safety Culture in Facilities Operations
Kenneth E. Arnold
We all agree it is
necessary to have an adequate safety culture to minimize the possibility of
major accidents. This presentation explains what is meant by a “safety
culture”, and provides guidance as to what is required to develop an adequate
culture of safety and assure it actually exists in practice. A change in safety requires a change in
attitudes and actions on the part of both management and worker. Both the Operator and the regulator have a
role to play in making this happen.
Arnold has almost fifty years of industry experience with 16 years at Shell Oil
Company. He founded Paragon Engineering
Services in 1980 which was voted one of the best places in Houston to work by
the Houston Business Journal. In 2005
Paragon was purchased by AMEC. In
September 2007, Ken retired from AMEC and formed K Arnold Consulting, Inc.
(KACI). In 2010 he joined WorleyParsons
as a part-time Senior Technical Advisor while maintaining KACI for independent
is co-author of two textbooks and author of over 50 technical articles on
safety management, project management and facilities design. He has twice been chosen as an SPE
distinguished lecturer. He has twice
served on the Board of SPE, is currently Treasurer-Elect of The Academy of
Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas and a former member of the Marine
Board of the National Research Council.
He was Chair of the National Research Council Committee which prepared a
report for the Department of the Interior on “Evaluating the Effectiveness of
Safety and Environmental Management Systems for Offshore Operations”.
has taught facilities engineering at the University of Houston as well as for
several oil companies. He is a
registered professional engineer and serves on the advisory board of the
engineering schools of Tulane University and Cornell University and the
Petroleum Engineering Advisory Board of University of Houston.
Arnold was an SPE Distinguished Lecturer in 1994-95 & 2002-03.