HSSE / safety cases
Virtual Reality – can a digital twin help reduce risk within high hazard sectors?
Despite being around for some time, Virtual Reality (VR) has never really gained traction within the high hazard sectors as a tool to help reduce risk. Perhaps this is because it’s seen as a gimmick – a solution without a problem? So what is VR and can it indeed be used to reduce risk?
Black swan or blind spot? The duality of extreme events
A black swan is characterised by Nassim Nicholas Taleb [Ref. 1] as an event which:
1. Is a surprise (to the observer), an 'extreme outlier'
2. Has a major impact
3. Is rationalised by hindsight, as if it could have been expected
Prescriptive safety: have we gone too far?
In NASA's heyday, the safety of the space shuttle was assured by a strict adherence to 'Flight Rules'. These were black and white rules that identified precisely what action should be taken under specific circumstances.
Proportionality – avoiding ‘one size fits all’ solutions
Proportionality is a fundamental attribute of modern risk management.
Emergency broadcast – communicating major accidents events
Major Accident Events (MAEs) are low frequency, high consequence events typified by accidents such as Deepwater Horizon, Fukushima and Texas City. Significant efforts are made by operators to prevent and mitigate these events. But how well do we communicate what these events might be and how we would manage them?
Operationalising your safety case – engaging the workforce
The development or revision of a health, safety, security and environment (HSSE) case inevitably involves significant time and effort, with input from a wide range of people and departments. However, once the HSSE case is delivered, the opportunity to truly embed it in day-to-day operations is often missed, leaving the workforce thinking, "How do I use it and what is expected of me?"