Learning the right lessons from incidents and accidents is important. It’s also critical to continually advance your safety improvement efforts. With increasing complexity in our operating environments, the focus of incident investigations tends to concentrate in great detail on uncovering the root cause(s). But too often the solutions implemented are not sustainable – or miss the real underlying issues. Hence the high number of repeat incidents.
In our effort to understand what happened, it can be hard to avoid root cause seduction, oversimplification of causation and focus on blame. Symptoms can be seen as causes, while the underlying systemic issues that produce the symptoms go unaddressed.
At the heart of learning from adverse events is understanding the “what and how” (the conditions that spurred the event) and the “why” (the systemic factors that led to the “what and how”). Getting it right is hard. But even when we do, it can still be a struggle to get the lessons learned out to the right people who need them the most: whether it’s a change in policy or procedure, or a specific communication at the right time.
Now Proscient brings all the activity and risk into one place. It provides everyone with the same, integrated view of the operational reality, so everyone knows what’s happening, where it’s happening and when it’s happening.
Proscient’s Incident and Accident Management capabilities ensure you can record, investigate, audit and manage incidents and near misses based on an integrated view of the operational reality. It allows you to focus on the conditions that were pre-cursers to the incident. This gives you the ability to better understand how all of the risk and activity came together to create the conditions that led to the incident. This provides valuable insight for your investigation of the “what”, “how” and “why” of an incident.
The result? A systematic Incident and Accident Management programme that underpins your organisation’s efforts to learn the right lessons and ensure continuous safety improvements.
Three screens, one operational reality
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"Process safety became part of the vernacular of the energy business… However, it has also led to a reduction in responsibility and understanding of operational risk by operations staff… In other words, operational risk has come to mean process safety and has been separated from operational performance as a whole, with the former managed by safety professionals and the latter by operational professionals."