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Where do I start and what is the best strategy for consolidating and rolling out a risk focused strategy?

This is a worldwide organization that already conducts risk assessments, JSAs, audits, etc. An additional challenge is that some units and locations are at different stages of progression and use different methods/techniques to mitigate risk.

April 19, 2016 @ 09:53 AM EDT

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@bryansmith can you help with this any suggestions

April 21, 2016 @ 13:28
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Hi Matt,

For organizations just starting to get a feel for risk-based saftey, here are some quick tips to getting started:

1. Decide on a common framework: I usually suggest the simplest possible framework for risk management: Identify, Assess and Control. This works well within the safety context for most organizations. 

2. Provide Methodology and Best Practice training (and choice) to your workers: Ensure you provide methodology and best practice training for workers to manage risk. While doing this, also make sure you give workers choice of assessment methods that are fit for purpose and at the right level of sophestication for the job. Use judgement to train both structured methods (JSA, FMEA, HAZOP, Behavior Based) as well as unstructured methods like near miss reporting, observations, whistleblowing, etc.   

3. Measure proactive risk management and celebrate results: Keep a track of the usage of risk management techniques in the organization and reward proactive and preventive behavior. 


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Matt Adams

@guyford @humbertogutierrez any comment on this? I know that you recently rolled out operational risk

April 20, 2016 @ 11:55 AM EDT
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Humberto Gutierrez

Hey @mattadams,

Rolling out a risk-focused strategy can be challenging. Building on to @ericmorris' answer, we have found that assigning accountability for the identification, assessment, and control of risks is very valuable.

Adopting the identify-assess-control framework allowed us to measure risk iteratively and develop Best Practices to improve risk management over time. However, the key in this case was to ensure accountabilty at each stage in the process. To accomplish this, we leveraged Intelex's functionality to automize task-assignment and promote an iterative feedback loop of risk identification, assessment, and control effectiveness.

At the end of the day, it is difficult to improve if you do not measure results. Having employees be accountable for a risk, its assessments, and control effectiveness, helps ensure that risk levels remain at an acceptable level. 

April 24, 2016 @ 04:57 PM EDT

@vincemarchesani @richardrosera would you be able to help answer this question on what is the best strategy for consolidating and rolling out a risk focused strategy?

April 19, 2016 @ 10:56
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Vince Marchesani

To begin there needs to be a clear understanding between what is a hazard and what is a risk. You can have a hazard where there is no risk, but in order to have a risk you need a hazard. A tiger in a cage represents a hazard, but not a risk so long as the tiger remains in its cage. If the cage door is open to the public you have a risk. Chapter 2 of my book, "The Fundamentals of Crisis Management" is titled "Risk and Crisis Prevention." There is much more to say on the topic.

April 21, 2016 @ 12:03 PM EDT