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In an era where safety should be at the forefront of every operation, it’s perplexing to still witness a prevalence of outdated and inadequate work procedures. #miningsafety #miningsafetytips #riskassessment #safetymanagement #safetymanagementsystem #safework #SWI

The question that looms large is:

Why are we still grappling with this issue in 2023?

Identifying the Core of the Problem

The crux of the matter lies in the absence of up-to-date, front-line approved procedures that are firmly rooted in risk assessments.

When your front-line workers are not equipped with the right tools and knowledge, you are inadvertently setting them up for failure, exposing them to heightened risks of serious injuries, or worse. This not only jeopardizes their safety but also puts the organization at risk of legal non-compliance.

The Procedural Pitfalls: A Closer Look

Every site we’ve worked with has encountered challenges with its procedural documentation, revealing a pervasive issue across industries.

The gaps in procedures and risk assessments give rise to three critical issues:

Increased Risk for Front-Line Workers: The lack of reliable procedures erodes the confidence of front-line workers in the safety and health management system, leaving them vulnerable to injuries or worse
Legal and Compliance Risks: In the event of a serious incident, any procedural gaps become glaring, potentially leading to recommendations for prosecution and a thorough examination of the safety and health management system.
Regulatory Repercussions: Consistent breaches and gaps in procedures can attract directives from regulatory bodies, further complicating the safety landscape.
A Three-Pronged Approach to Resolution

If you recognise these issues within your safety and health management system documentation, here are three crucial steps to take:

Develop a Comprehensive Process Map: Identify all operational risks and activities, cross-referencing them against legislative and other requirements.
Engage Front-Line Workers in the Review Process: Ensure that all procedures are reviewed and approved by those on the front lines, aligning documentation with actual work practices.
Establish a Risk-Based Foundation for Procedures: Ensure that there is a risk assessment or a risk-based document underpinning each operational procedure, providing a clear rationale for the practices in place.
Empowering Your Safety Journey

Recognizing the gaps is only the beginning. Taking proactive steps to address these issues is what truly transforms your safety culture.

For those in need of guidance, we offer a free template to map out your Safety and Health Management System (SHMS).

Click here to get your free SHMS mapping tool — mailto:admin@impresssolutions.com.au

As always, these are my thoughts. I’m eager to hear yours.

What steps are you taking to ensure the integrity of your safety procedures? Share your insights and join the conversation towards a safer, more compliant workplace.

#shms #sms #safetymanagementsystem #safetyandhealthmanagementsystem #healthandsafetymanagementsystem #criticalriskmanagement #criticalcontrols #criticalcontrolmanagement #miningsafety #safetyinmining #riskassessment #fatalityprevention #mining
In the world of Mining Safety managing critical risks is not just about compliance—it's about preserving lives and ensuring the longevity of your organization.

But how do you determine what these critical risks are?

Understanding Critical Risks
Do you have a prioritised list of all your critical risks?

If you do, it's essential to ask: was this list developed based on the potential consequence of the hazard without any controls in place?

This distinction is crucial.

If your list isn't based on potential consequences without controls, then it might not be a true representation of the critical risks at your site.

The Underlying Problem
If you don't possess such a list, then what data is driving your fatality prevention program?

What determines which risks get a bow tie analysis, critical controls, and performance standards?

Without a prioritised list of critical risks based on potential consequences without controls, you lack a foundational element for your critical risk management program.

From our experience, every client we've worked with has faced one of these challenges:
1. Absence of a list of critical risks.
2. Possession of a list, but not based on potential consequences without controls.

The Implications of Inaction
The repercussions of not addressing this are severe:
1. There's a high likelihood that fatal risks aren't being identified or managed.
2. Leadership teams remain unaware of the critical risks they own and where their focus should be.
3. Frontline workers remain in the dark about potential risks that could harm or even kill them. They lack knowledge about necessary controls before starting a task.

The Way Forward
So, how can you address this?

The first step is to complete a Broad-Brush Risk Assessment (BBRA). This assessment uses potential consequences without controls to identify critical risks.

Following this, residual risk rankings help prioritise efforts, providing a roadmap for your critical risk management process.

This roadmap will guide decisions on which bow ties need completion, in what order, and which risks will get critical control performance standards.

Need Help?
If you're unfamiliar with BBRA or lack a template, don't worry. We offer a comprehensive BBRA template to get you started.

Click here to get your BBRA template — mailto:admin@impresssolutions.com.au

In Conclusion
Risk management is not just about identifying risks; it's about understanding their potential impact and prioritizing them accordingly.

As always, these are our insights on the matter. We'd love to hear your thoughts and experiences.

#CRM #criticalriskmanagement #criticalcontrols #CriticalControlManagement #Miningsafety #SafetyinMining #RiskAssessment #Fatalityprevention #Materialrisks #bowtieanalysis #broadbrushriskassessment #baselineriskasssessment   #CRMFramework #BBRA #CriticalRisks
In the world of workplace safety, the term "Critical Risk" often remains a mystery for many sites. Some sites struggle to define what Critical Risk means for their operations.

Picture this: you visit a site, and you ask two workers about their Critical Risks; you receive two entirely different responses. 
The repercussions of failing to define Critical Risks are profound. It opens the door to two alarming scenarios.  
Firstly, there might be a genuine Critical Risk lurking unnoticed, slipping through the cracks. Alternatively, a Critical Risk may be identified but not effectively managed.  
Shockingly, 80% of the businesses we collaborate with lack a clear definition of Critical Risks. 
Not having clear criteria for Critical Risks leads to three major issues: 
1. Unidentified Risks: Undoubtedly, there could be risks capable of causing harm to people or the plant that remain undiscovered or unmanaged. 
2. Unaware Frontline Workers: The workers who face these potential dangers may be unaware of the risks that could seriously harm them. 
3. Misdirected Efforts: Critical Control Verification programs, no matter how well-executed, might be focused on the wrong areas, resulting in wasted time, effort, and resources. 
Now, let's explore what the 20% of businesses with clear Critical Risk criteria have accomplished: 
1. Consequence Level: They've determined at what point a risk becomes critical. Is it when it poses a single fatality outcome or a multiple fatality outcome? 
2. Consequence Types: They've clearly defined which consequence types are considered within the scope of criticality. For instance, does a risk that could lead to serious harm to the community fall within the scope or outside it? 
3. Efficient Risk Assessment: They've established a streamlined, straightforward Broad Brush Risk Assessment, typically consisting of 60-70 lines at most. This assessment effectively identifies and prioritizes Critical Risks. 
If you find yourself a site where there's confusion about Critical Risks, or if you simply want to gain a clearer understanding of them, we invite you to join our upcoming Critical Risk Webinar. In this session, we will demystify the criteria for defining Critical Risks. 
Register here for our next free webinar - https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUufuGspj0iHdWyDUO_Yxox7ko8LyFa8yNZ   
Your commitment to defining and managing Critical Risks doesn't just safeguard your workers and your operations; it sets the stage for a safer, more productive future.

#CRM #criticalriskmanagement #criticalcontrol #mining #miningsafety #safetyinmining #bowtieanalysis #fatalityprevention #materialrisks #australia #webinar
"I can't find a good safety advisor / coordinator", "What they deliver is rubbish". I hear this almost every day from our clients at Impress Solutions.

How can we solve this problem? In this video I provide a recap of the problem, its impacts, and a possible solution.

What do you think we can do to solve this problem?

Don't want to watch the video, here's a written summary >>>

My thinking today is around the skills shortage and experience shortage we have in health and safety within the mining industry.

Every site I go to, I talk to safety managers and safety superintendents who all have the same challenge.

They can't find people, or the people they find do not fill the full skill set that they're looking for, which then means that there's a gap. And how do they fill that gap?

Everyone's struggling to work that out. What this does mean is that the safety manager and superintendent must pick up that slack.

What are we doing as an industry to do anything different about this?

Not a lot.

Our pathways into the mining industry haven't really changed. The certifications, tickets, and qualifications haven't really changed at all.

The experience level of people filling roles is less, and it's an issue that's getting bigger and bigger, and it's not going away anytime soon.

Also, the mining industry is struggling to attract younger people for a variety of different reasons, and we're not doing anything about that either.

So what can we do?

An idea that could help mitigate this issue is linking with the professionals that are semi-retired or retired from the industry.

They have a lot of experience, and if there's a way that we can connect the semi-retired and retired professionals with this younger generation or less experienced generation coming through, then is that a mechanism that we can solve or take a step forward?

We can top up this skill and experience gap in the less experienced people. But also, it doesn't have to take us two years, three years to do this, as is often the case.

I'm really interested in what other people have to say about this, other ways in which they've solved that challenge. And there's my musings for today.

#fyp #mining #miningtiktok #australia #healthandsafety #skills #criticalrisk #crm
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