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Summer safety round-up

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It has been an interesting year so far on the topic of safety. Here is a summary of what has happened…

In the spring we looked back 5 years on the Macondo/Deepwater Horizon accident that forced the industry to change in several ways, and further improvements are still needed.

“We must learn lessons from this” is a common phrase following a major accident such as Macondo, but also after event of minor extent. Evidence from accidents and incidents indicates that it can be challenging for major hazard industries to learn effectively from such events. The barriers to learning can lead to a situation where an organisation neglects the potential lessons from lesser severity incidents, but which could have escalated into major accidents. We have looked into what is required in an efficient Learning From Incidents (LFI) process and the main barriers in achieving this.

Still, major accidents do occur. We have put focus on how training and drills can improve our way of handling unexpected and emergent conditions.

Also, in a time where cost takes priority over other concerns, it is clear that any additional investment or reduction should be scrutinized for its implications with regards to its effect on safety and efficiency of operations. History has shown several examples of major accidents resulting from the effects of cost reductions, and we have discussed how cost-cutting affects safety.

Now, summer has arrived and the DNV GL Safety blog will take a vacation and return in August with many more exciting topics to come. Among others:

  • New tools for improving emergency preparedness
  • Use of test facilities to increase safety
  • The impact of risk perception

Meanwhile, the DNV GL Safety blog wish you all a fun, sunny and safe summer!

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