HSE faster and better – event summary

HSE professionals from every corner of the Netherlands gathered together on 20th of April in Delft for the HSE faster and better event, hosted by RISKID in cooperation with Delft University of Technology and Seaway Heavy Lifting. We had invited 20 HSE professionals and while several invitees had heavy traffic and thus couldn’t make it, the room was nicely packed for Prof. Pieter van Gelder to start off with his key-note speech on State of the art HSE.

Pieter visualized that we live in a world of new technology. Very interconnected, with enormous technological developments (robotics, IoT, 3D printing, wireless data via wearables, social media, big data, autonomous vehicles, new sniff machines, nanotechnology, etc.). But we are at the same time threatened by natural hazards, climate change and smaller buffer capacity because of increasing urbanization and change in land use. He also reminded us that things could go horribly wrong with an in-depth analysis of the Deepwater Horizon incident.

The most important take-away point from Pieter’s speech was that current risk management models, like Bow-tie, do not work very well. These models imply a deterministic decision making process. However, human behaviour is unpredictable and certainly not deterministic. And yet, we keep using deterministic models for our risk management and wonder why it fails? One of Pieter’s concluding statement had the participants in the room all nodding: we need to take into account human and organisational factors.

Next came Marco Schut, HSEQ Director at Seaway Heavy Lifting (SHL), for his speech on the Incident and Injury Free (IIF) philosophy. It was absolutely inspiring to see how at SHL the IIF has been embedded in the DNA of every employee, from CEO to Operations. IIF training and workshops contribute to raising awareness for working safely and not accepting hazardous situations. This is strengthened by the visualization of IIF everywhere at SHL premises with logos, posters and Intranet. Although it is not the goal of the IIF program to lower the statistics on injury and incidents, it certainly doesn’t hurt to show that since the incorporation of it, the numbers of injuries and incidents have been significantly decreased.

Then we have the final part of the event: using RISKID to do a risk assessment on a business case of SHL. Marco’s statement that RISKID helped them to achieve better results and 50% time saving on their Hazid processes must be verified of course; we are all engineers here after all.

After a quick introduction of the Topside Installation case and a short RISKID instruction video, participants simply logged in to RISKID and started brainstorming on the possible hazards and risks for the proposed project. We had to refrain the participants from inputting more risks in the system, because just in 5 minutes, we already had over 30 risks identified. Due to time constraints and demonstration purposes, we had to move on to the next step in RISKID: scoring the risks on probability and impact. Once again participants had no problems executing this step in RISKID. We then went to the most important step in RISKID: Risk discussion. Several risks were highlighted and discussed with the group. Those were the risks that were not in consensus. Interesting discussions came to light when high voters and low voters voiced their reasoning. That was the moment that participants realized how a simple tool like RISKID could support a Hazid process into better results and 50% time saving: online brainstorm and online scoring of the risks leading towards a discussion on the most important risks; that is what it’s all about.

After a hardworking morning, we enjoyed a wonderful lunch together at the hotel restaurant and concluded an educational and inspiring session with a unique combination of scientific, practical and technological views.

See you next time!