Human Performance


By: Issac Dantin

Recently, I attended a customer meeting focused on human performance. During that meeting, Dr. Todd Conklin taught a new method of thinking that I believe will change how we look at safety. I found myself absorbing it all, but not yet knowing how it all worked together. Dr. Conklin was "Mr. Miyagi" and I was the student painting the fence.

What is human performance?

Human performance

  • is a philosophical shift of thinking

  • is a journey that takes time

  • redefines safety…not the absence of incidents, but the presence of safeguards

  • expands our thinking from “why” to “how”

  • builds error tolerant defense systems

  • builds on our success and targets serious incident reduction and fatality prevention

Human performance is not

  • a program or a single process or standard

  • something that removes individual accountability

  • intended to be a silver bullet

Issac DantinIssac began his career at Danos in 1996 as a roustabout at the Leeville shorebase and worked his way to shorebase supervisor.  He was named Field Employee of the Year in 2007 and was later hired on by Chevron.  He returned to Danos in his current role as safety manager in 2010.


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