Safety challenges for the human factor in the maritime industry

During the 2019 Hellenic American Maritime Forum in Athens, Mrs. Panagiota Chrysanthi, DDPA/EMR, Andriaki Shipping Co. Ltd, provided her opinion on safety challenges in the shipping industry, and the crucial role that human factor plays. As noted, from 2012-2016, 75% accidents were due to human error. She also added that the industry has not done enough to prevent human errors.

Infographic: What is EPIRB

EPIRB or Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon is a safety device carried by a vessel to alert search and rescue services, allowing them to quickly locate you in the event of an emergency. When activated it transmits a coded message on the 406 MHz distress frequency which is monitored by the COSPAS-SARSAT satellite system.

Watch: Maturity ladder helps companies understand where they stand in safety

Safety culture is an organisational culture in which not only safety, but also occupational health a given priority in the way people think and act. The best way for one to get an insight into what’s safety, is in terms of the maturity ladder, in which each level has distinct characteristics and is an improvement on characteristics and is an improvement on the one before.

Watch: Safety culture is the base for a company’s performance

Securite Industrielle, focusing security measures, presents what is the safety culture noting that in short, the group develops its culture through shared behaviors and attitudes. Yet, do companies mostly focus on safety culture or their productivity, labor relations, and profitability?

Watch: What is safety culture?

HSE Solutions present Mrs Jen Webster, a child psychologist at the Health and Safety Laboratory, who provides a clear explanation of what is the safety culture, and help organisations understand and improve their safety culture using their ascent model. Thus, she explains what is the safety culture, why it is important and how you can measure it.

Watch: What are the challenges when trying to improve safety culture

In this video, international safety expert Professor Patrick Hudson highlights the challenges that organisations face as they try to implement processes to improve their safety performance. He discusses his safety culture ladder model, and how companies can assess their safety maturity by using this model. Many organizations believe that they are in a pretty good place and they are definitely moving up the ladder, but the do not apply any safety plan.

Watch: How can an organisation improve its safety culture

Professor Patrick Hudson examines leadership in the context of the cultural safety that an organisation has. He explains that unlike other forms of leadership, safety leadership is for everyone and involves publicly reaching for one level higher on the culture ladder than the organisation is currently placed. Most organisations are facing problems in safety. In order to excel in this sector they need a roadmap. This is what the safety culture ladder offers

Safety Culture and Management

While speaking at the last SAFETY4SEA Conference in Athens, Mr. Neale Rodrigues, Divisional Director, Britannia P&I Club, spoke on safety culture and management. He compared the two models of safety, starting with the current Safety-I model which is based on a reactive response, and going on to talk about Safety-II which promotes a proactive response to risk.

USCG: Safety tips ahead Hurricane Florence

The US Coast Guard is alerting mariners and the public to remain vigilant with the passage of Hurricane Florence and it strongly encourages everyone in the Coastal North Carolina region to heed the warnings and direction of local emergency response personnel.

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