Welcome to Pro-Sapien's first ever monthly EHS News Roundup. At the end of each month, we will put together relevant news articles and topics that we think could interest our network. We will post our roundups here on the blog section of our website. Alternatively, you can sign up for our monthly newsletter at the bottom of this page.
We have gathered up some of the most interesting pieces from this month’s Health and Safety news sphere. This month the topics revolve around Health and Safety Culture, Human Factors and Management. As a complex and highly regulated area, Health and Safety calls for collaboration at all levels. Anticipation, prevention and detection of risk signals rely heavily on procedures, monitoring, and of course people. It is us humans that do the work (at least most of it), and aspects such as human factors (also discussed at Offshore Europe 2017) must be placed at the centre of discussion. Workplace design, staff training and good management cannot be forgotten about either, as they all contribute towards a safer work environment. Read more on your preferred topic below.
Improving safety performance using error reduction strategies
Duncan Kerr and Milan Trpin, ISHN
“Studies indicate that the average person can maintain four to seven discrete thoughts at a single point in time, but even that requires a concentrated effort.” Complacency, Complexity and Error Reduction. ISHN brought forward ways to improve safety at workplace. Read full article here »
Safety and Performance Excellence: Weak Signals
Terry L. Mathis, EHS Today
Human factors, such as fatigue, stress and routinized tasks, together with mixed safety messages, can lead to reduced safety. Organizations tend to primarily concentrate on high- probability risks. EHS Today brings forward the importance of taking time to listen to weak signals of low- probability risks. How does your organization consider these risks in day- to- day management? Read more on the topic »
When forgetting is part of learning
Bridget Leathley, Health+Safety At Work
On top of extensive training, it is imperative to retrain staff on skills that might not be reinforced by daily practice. Health + Safety At Work magazine addressed the common skill decay of staff which links to our ability/inability to learn and forget. For instance, skills that are seldom needed can easily deteriorate, if not revised often enough. Revision allows us to reach our potential and stem the downward curve of forgetting. Read more »
Careers advice: The responsibilities of the health and safety manager
Much of Health and Safety is surrounded by industry policies and laws. It is the health and safety manager’s responsibility to make sure that the safety procedures are enforced, and that responsibilities are clearly delegated. It takes a long time to build a safety culture, and there are several boxes to be ticked before an organization’s safety requirements can be met. SHP Online's article on the topic »
Safety Takeaways From Offshore Europe 2017
Hannah Stewart, Pro- Sapien
Pro-Sapien attended this year’s Offshore Europe event in Aberdeen. Despite the state of the Oil & Gas industry, the mood of the event was surprisingly positive as numbers exceeded expectations; with 40,000 attendees, Europe’s largest E&P event has retained its title through an incredibly insightful, engaging and busy four-day program. Read Pro- Sapien's takeaways from the event »
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