In regards to safety, the strategy that combines accountability, situational awareness, decision making and leadership and is developed by the top management of a company (e.g. CEO) is called Safety Intelligence.
The aim is to use this knowledge, in order to forge the top management leadership abilities and improve the communicative skills of the personnel, either on board or ashore, by changing their behaviour.
So far, during various Safety Culture assessments, some of the main issues that have been identified are communication and conflict management.
The Safety intelligence course is focused in highlighting the following:
What does really cause poor communication and conflicts between colleagues and departments, as well as seafarers and office personnel?
What is situational awareness, decision making and assertiveness?
What is safety performance management?
Our goal is to build the companies’ employees confidence, both ashore and on-board, in order for them to communicate effectively at all levels. This would not only reduce conflicts within a company but it would also assist towards the enhancement of the Safety Culture.
Mental Health & Well being
Mental Health & Well Being
This seminar aims at introducing the concepts of Resilience & Well-being (in shipping) to the shore and sea personnel of the company. Additionally, the scope of the seminar is to enhance Facilitators and present them techniques to better conduct Modules; in particular, the seminar will promote the importance of resilience with respect to maritime safety, ship productivity and the performance of the human element.
Understanding what is resilience through Stress management technics, Human Factors identification, Attitudes, case studies and role-plays.
The focus is on:
Mental Health & Well Being;
Crises and decision making
Flexible and accurate thinking;
Ability to identify emotional experiences and control emotional response to external events;
Passing from Crew Resource Management (CRM) to Personal Resource Management (PRM);
Chronic Unease, Weak Signals and Human Limitations
Tailor Made Seminar
The overall goal of the seminar is to address issues for the identification and dealing with weak signals; the focus is upon the human element. VENLYS Maritime Specialisation Services will provide its services to establish a tailor-made seminar dealing with Chronic Unease, Weak Signals and Human Limitations; the rest of this brief report focuses on the work to be done for the development of the weak signals part of the seminar.
This process will comprise the following steps:
Conduct of the seminar
The outcomes of the above-mentioned steps will be disseminated to the involved employees through a customized 1-day seminar.
Human Element as a contributing factor for incidents and Non-
technical skills in brief;
Enhancing Situational Awareness with alarms;
Weak signals identification and management;
Improving Decision making with alarms;
How cognitive skills are impaired from human limitations (stress and
Chronic unease and how to control our fast brain;
Resilience as a remedy for alarm negligence.
Human Factor at the Sharp End
Error is a human attribute and human error is a significant factor, consistently related to safety incidents, in the maritime domain. Yet, as pervasive and inevitable as human error is, it has been studied by specialists in many different fields. In fact, in many of these fields, the term “human error” is considered to be an incorrect term, and other terms such as “human liability” or “human failure” are used instead. Beyond differences in terminology and approach, the common link remains an interest in “how”, “why” and “when” human beings make “wrong” decisions or take actions that lead to unfavorable results. Human error, in various high risk industries, often has significant consequences and different types of approaches have been engineered to identify, prevent, or mitigate it. These ways of approach, in terms of Human Factors, will be well explained throughout this course.
The objective of this course is to introduce the participant to the concept of Human Factors in the maritime industry. Upon completion of the course, the participant should be able to define what the human factors are, identify relevant areas of application and appreciate the importance of the human element and the means by which professionals should approach safety in the maritime industry.
On completion of this course you will be able to:
Be conversant with the basic Human Factors concept
Understand key human performance issues relevant to maritime operations
Integrate Human Factors into key areas of the maritime environment
Apply the knowledge of operational Human Factors to safety investigation activities
Behavior Competency Crew Assessment Seminar
IMO Model Course 1.30
With the 2010 Manila amendments to the STCW convention, there is a decreasing emphasis on sea-going experience as a sole criterion for determining competence and more emphasis is put on competence that is formally assessed and recorded combined with important soft skills such as leadership and management. Following IMO’s lead, the industry has included competence-related requirements into guidelines such as the third version of the Tanker Management and Self Assessment (TMSA 3). In addition, the burden of proof is shifted more towards the shipping companies that are in any case responsible for employing competent and qualified seafarers under the requirements of the IMO ISM Code.
But putting regulatory compliance aside, there is a real need in the maritime industry to ensure that seafarers are competent in carrying out the tasks they are assigned to do on-board.
The course adheres the principles laid out in IMO Model Course 1.30 and has been structured with the highest standards of quality by experts in marine safety and human factors.
The main objectives of this course are for the participants to be able to:
Understand the principles of competence-based assessment;
Understand the main aspects of behavioural indicators;
Plan and conduct onboard assessment of competence;
Provide proper feedback and report results;
Underline the importance of a proper assessment process.