There is an element of risk in all we do. Workplaces, especially those at sea, are dynamic and risks constantly change in shape, probabilities and exposure. But it’s clear from the evidence that the current safety measures alone aren’t managing risk effectively and delivering the required outcomes.
The management of Safety is perhaps the most practical of all the risk management disciplines. Accidents, injuries, equipment damage and environmental pollution are all visible consequences of inadequate risk management.
In response to the increasing awareness of the value of proactive risk management (as well as the introduction of the international ISO 31 000 Risk Management Standard), we have developed a new suite of auditing and training services to assist the maritime industry in meeting the risk management challenge.
It’s about a new way of thinking. It’s all about RISK...
Independent physical risk audits can be particularly useful in identifying hazards, assessing risks and identifying control measures. We can conduct an audit, and present you with a comprehensive report (with photographic evidence), based on the above. In addition, we can assist with the development of detailed company-specific risk management programs, mentoring and training.
We have now developed 4 risk-focussed in-house training workshops. As in-house sessions, these workshops can be particularly effective when utilising company-specific guidelines and conditions.
There is an element of risk in all we do. Workplaces (especially on fishing vessels) are dynamic and risks constantly change in shape, probabilities and exposure.
Operational Risk Management (ORM) is a decision-making tool used by fishing vessel personnel at all levels to increase operational effectiveness by identifying, assessing, controlling and monitoring risks. ORM increases the ability to make informed decisions – on a continuous basis.
Step 1: SEE the Hazard: A hazard is defined as any real or potential condition that can cause degradation, injury, illness, death or damage to or loss of equipment or property. Experience, professional competence, and specific analytical tools help identify risks.
Step 2: ASSESS the Risk: This is the application of quantitative and qualitative measures to determine the level of risk associated with specific hazards. This process defines the probability (likelihood) and severity of an accident that could result from the hazards based upon the exposure of humans or assets to the hazards.
Step 3: FIX the Problem: Investigate specific strategies and tools that reduce, mitigate, or eliminate the risk. This analysis must take into account the overall practicality and benefits of remedial actions, providing alternative choices if possible. These will include behavioural, engineering, and administrative controls, as well as the appropriate PPE and Safety Gear.
Step 4: EVALUATE the Fix: Once controls are in place, the process must be periodically re-evaluated to ensure their effectiveness. Vessel personnel must fulfil their respective roles to assure that the controls are maintained over time. The risk management process continues throughout the life cycle of the vessel, system or activity.
The preferred option is to present these workshops onboard / in-house, focusing on group participation and practical application. Use is made of the risk-matrix methodology and risk management processes. The workshop follows the 4-step: Identify-Assess-Control-Monitor process outlined. Emphasis is placed on providing delegates with practical decision-making tools and skills.
Successful implementation of the ORM process will increase operational effectiveness while reducing injury potential and minimizing unnecessary loss of assets, both personnel and equipment.
This workshop – Risk Management for Safety Professionals – builds on the practical Operational Risk Management (ORM) workshop and examines in more detail the systems-approach to managing safety risks onboard / in the workplace.
It is aimed at shore Skippers and management personnel responsible for the management of risk in the organisation.
To be truly effective within an organization, risk management should be an integrated part of the organization's overall governance, management, reporting processes, policies, philosophy and culture.
Safety and Risk
Effective workplace Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental Management is best understood in a Risk Management context.
Risk Management practice and Safety (HSE) Management systems are all part of the same process. The one cannot be successful without the other. Thorough risk management forms the basis of an effective safety management system, while the standards and procedures contained in a safety management system all need to be based on the risk profile of the organization.
This 2-day workshop will examine, in detail, the latest risk management theories and strategies, as well as the international ISO 31 000 Risk Management Standard.
A practical plan of action for implementing a risk management plan will be developed.
This workshop will focus on providing delegates with the skills to ensure that their organizations have an appropriate response to the risks affecting them, thus avoiding ineffective and inefficient responses to risk that can unnecessarily prevent legitimate activities and/or distort resource allocation.
It will also provide delegates with a clear understanding of the ISO 31 000 Risk Management Standard, and the means to apply it in the workplace.
Successful implementation of the Risk Management process will increase operational effectiveness while reducing injury potential and minimizing unnecessary loss of assets, both personnel and equipment.
This intensive workshop explores the interface between human factors and risk by examining cognitive and behavioural processes behind risk-taking behaviour. It focusses on developing the understanding and practical strategies needed to identify and manage the factors behind the often unpredictable workplace behaviours identified as factors in accident causation.
The workshop will work towards developing a model – based on cognitive psychology – where the focus is on the ‘cognition’ (understanding) of risk in the workplace, and the accompanying psychological processes required for full understanding.
Understanding human risk-taking behaviour is critically important in successfully managing the Risk Management process, reducing injury potential and minimizing unnecessary loss of all kinds.
The human perception of risk is a complex process and how the human mind processes that information, is essential in understanding why workers often take risks that would seem strange in hindsight. To do this we will examine the following:
- An introduction to Human Factors in Safety
- The implications of adding ‘behaviour’ into the Hazard definition
- Understanding Risk
- Risk-taking behaviour
- The role of Culture, Motivation, Perception, Decision-making and Attitudes
- The foundation of Error
- Risk Homeostasis as a concept
- Incentive programs and risk-taking behaviour.
- Measuring risk-taking behaviour – the role of Audits
- Human Risk Management Tools
The workshop will be of particular benefit to organisational and vessel Safety and HR Professionals seeking an understanding of human risk-taking behaviour.
In November 2009, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) released the first international risk management standard titled ISO31000:2009 Risk Management – Principles and Guidelines (ISO 31000).
This non-certifiable Standard aims to provide organisations with principles, guidance and a common platform for managing different types of risks, from many sources irrespective of the organisations size, type, complexity, structure, activities or location.
ISO 31000 is comprised of three major sections: principles for managing risk, framework for managing risk, and processes for managing risk. The standard presents 11 principles to be addressed in order to effectively manage risks and achieve objectives. Among some of the more important principles are: Risk management creates value; risk management is part of decision making; and risk management is an integral part of the organizational process.
The framework section of the standards looks at the framework needed to provide the foundations and arrangements that will embed the management of risk in all levels of the organization.
This workshop is information- and workshop-based, and will systematically work through the Standard and provide guidance on its implementation. Delegates will have the opportunity to apply new knowledge immediately by means of structured workshops on the day.
There are a number of tips and guidelines for implementation that will be discussed and workshopped by delegates – all practical information that can be taken back to the workplace and implemented immediately.
After completing this workshop delegates will have a full understanding of the intent of the Standard, as well as the mechanics of implementation. Delegates will be able to describe the major theoretical concepts and explain how they impact on, and influence the organisations’ Risk Management program.
The workshop will be of particular benefit to organisational and vessel Safety and HR Professionals seeking an in-depth understanding of the ISO 31 000 risk management standard.
Interested in Risk Management Training?
We can provide bespoke driven Risk Management training and consultancy for your business.