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a spotlight on the human aspects of accident prevention


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Check lists – who needs them?

Have you flown on holiday recently?  Travelled to work by helicopter?  You may have noticed that your pilot and co-pilot always follow pre-flight check lists, no matter how experienced they are.  The simple process of checking off everything that needs to be done and having someone else confirm each step eliminates, or at least greatly reduces, the risk of human error.

In the offshore workplace, what is your hazard/risk check list and who cross-checks it with you?  How good are your personal hazard-spotting and risk-management tools and do you use them every time you start work?

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A learning culture or a blame culture?

Signs of a Learning Culture Signs of a Blame Culture
Everyone is encouraged and feels motivated to report their safety concerns People who report are seen as troublemakers
People receive feedback and are commended for bringing risks to management’s attention  People are  blamed or held accountable for creating the risks in the first place
Procedures are clear and simple and have been developed in consultation with the workforce Too many rules and procedures, complex and difficult to follow, no workforce involvement
If you want to improve safety culture, consider asking your workforce for their views – is the perception that the safety culture is biased towards learning or blame?