The oil and gas exploration and production industry is a dynamic one, with consequential higher rates of fatalities than the overall U.S. average. The first intervention often used to reduce or manage fatality rate is the implementation of safety training programs, and most are focused on hazard recognition or risk perception. Risk perception is the subjective judgment that people make about the frequency and severity of a particular risk. However, many safety training programs fail to transfer to the workplace, and the way risk is perceived may play a role in this. This study is a review of literature conducted in order to identify barriers that delimit the perception of risk in the petroleum industry to the extent that safety training transfer in the workplace is impacted. The four barriers identified are lack of individual motivation, groupthink, absence of organizational and supervisory leadership initiative, and the encumbrance of regulatory models.

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