HSL is to run a 1 day course on Big Bad Things Workshop.
Please email your expression of interest
Many organisations have become very effective at managing
'conventional' health & safety issues, driving down the high
frequency, lower consequence occupational safety events, such as
slips, trips and falls within their businesses. However, effective
performance at managing these events does not necessarily correlate
to the prevention of high-consequence / low frequency catastrophic
events, which by their nature tend to be harder to predict and
often involve complex, interconnected systems failure. Our
experience is that time-poor managers within organisations often
focus heavily on occupational safety at the expense of preventing
and mitigating catastrophic event scenarios.
The interactive design of our workshop allows organisations to
make real progress in developing an organisational risk profile and
risk management strategy on the day. Action planning ensures that
next steps are identified by the end of the workshop.
This one day 'hands on' workshop is designed to be delivered at
HSL as an in-company course; it can also be delivered at the
customer's site. The nature of the workshop is that it allows
delegates to focus on their own site during all of the exercises to
allow real insight to be gained.
HSE - through its Buxton based Health & Safety Laboratory -
has over 100 years' experience of industrial incident
investigation. During this time, its experts have analysed
the immediate and root causes of many thousands of incidents
including events at chemical plants, industrial manufacturing
plants, oil refineries, blast furnaces and rail crashes. Our
specialists have real world experience in understanding
catastrophic events and their precursor which is continually
refined in the light of research and lessons learned from incident
investigation. One of our strengths is in the integration of
multidisciplinary teams of specialists who have both the breadth
and depth of knowledge to turn our learning into pragmatic,
evidence-based advice. For example, we have studied those
organisations/sectors with a long track record of preventing
catastrophic events and have undertaken research to understand the
features of these corporations - termed "High Reliability
Organisations" (HROs) and their leadership teams.
The course will cover:
- A pre-course exercise based on a real incident case study
enabling you to identify the challenges associated with preventing
Big, Bad Things at your site. This will also allow us to tailor the
course to the specific plant and activities at your sites.
- Session 1 - expanding on the challenges of managing potentially
catastrophic risks and lessons from the major hazard sector as to
what 'good' looks like. This session culminates in you producing a
written risk picture for your site.
- Session 2 - an opportunity to look in detail at a particular
scenario at your site and identify hidden mechanisms of failure and
codify prevention and mitigation barriers graphically.
- Session 3 - an interactive training session led by a Human
Factors specialist aimed at getting you to understand the
challenges of human interaction with engineered plant and how to
influence positive outcomes.
- Session 4 - building on your risk picture and scenario analysis
to refine a bow-tie diagram showing barriers and using this to
understand controls. This will include barrier vulnerability, links
to management systems and the effectiveness or otherwise of
existing site initiatives and performance metrics. This
session culminates with an action planning exercise.
The course aims to ensure that you and your team can develop
proportionate, intelligent and targeted risk management strategies
which work for their site and stop carrying out activities which
add minimal value to control of risk. The course is delivered by
former HSE Inspectors with extensive experience in managing major
accident hazards and a Human Factors professional.
Who should attend?
The workshop is designed for corporate teams with responsibility
for risk management. These teams often include managers, technical
specialists, operations, maintenance and safety professionals who
are aware that catastrophic events will impact on asset management,
business continuity and company reputations but need support in
developing an appropriate risk management strategy.
Please email for a quotation.
"I'd be very likely to recommend the course as an overview to what
actions could be taken to consider and ultimately avoid
John Ellis, Celsa
Please note the invoice option is not available within 4
weeks of the course date, or for overseas customers. If you
are selecting the invoice option for payment, it will be mandatory
to input a purchase order/reference number as we are unable to
process booking forms without this.
For further dates and additional information email: firstname.lastname@example.org
or contact the Training & Conferences Unit
at HSL directly on +44 (0)203 028 3704.
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