Sep 18


Overview: This webinar helps you to gain a good understand of how accidents and incidents are caused (and hence how they are prevented). The process starts with consideration of "What do we mean by an Accident?" What event should we include? Is harm required? What would offer the greatest benefit to the company?

A simple model of Accident Causation is discussed and various supporting ideas are developed. The concept of "barriers" is introduced, and the ways in which these barriers may be defeated is developed during the course of the webinar. This is related back into the Risk Control Measures identified through your Risk Assessment process. Hard barriers (such as guards, interlocks, extraction systems, etc.) are contrasted with soft barriers (such as procedures, a permit to work system, training, and other administrative controls).

The concepts of "Active Failures" and "Latent Conditions" are developed by reference to examples. The relationship between the barriers and the risk assessment process is discussed and the importance of a robust process for Risk Assessment is highlighted. The benefits of understanding, and dealing with, Latent Conditions is contrasted with that of dealing only with Active Failures. Although Active Failures are easier to deal with (from a management point of view) getting to grips with the issues raised by the Latent Conditions offers the greater (and on-going) benefit to the company. The role of supervision and management in the development, implementation, and the monitoring and checking of barriers is discussed. The concept and importance of Active Monitoring (as opposed to Reactive Monitoring) is investigated.

The importance of learning from accidents and incidents is discussed and this is compared to the benefits of learning from non-injury events (and from identifying events before they happen). The lessons learned can be used to avoid future accidents and incidents and to protect your people, your business and your reputation. The role of Accident Investigation is covered during the webinar, and the importance of understand both the immediate cause and the underlying (or root) causes of accidents and incidents is discussed.

Areas covered in the session:

  • What is an accident?
  • How companies try to protect themselves
  • Protective Barriers (figurative)
  • Risk Control Measures
  • Active Failures
  • Latent Conditions
  • How barriers fail
  • Learning from events
  • Avoiding accidents

Who will benefit: company owners, directors and vice presidents, managers, supervisors, safety officers, production managers, operations managers, warehouse managers, leading hands, cell leaders, charge hands, etc.

Michael Ellerby, LLB (Hons), BSc (Hons), CMIOSH, MIIRSM, MIFSM, CChem MRSC CSci, as well as being a Chartered Safety Professional and a Chartered Member of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), is a Chartered Chemist and Scientist. He holds degrees in chemistry and law. Mike runs his own Health and Safety Consultancy and has also acted as Competent Person (Head of Safety Services Department) for the University of Sheffield, England.