It is important to understand that QA deals with mostly customer, regulatory, and our company’s expectations. Embedded in many of our processes that deal with these expectations are defenses and barriers to contributing factors that produce human error. This is why it is so important to ensure we remain compliant with our planned actions, and we correct the deficiencies when we don’t follow our plan; the deficiencies could be defenses against possible errors, and we would not want these deficiencies to reoccur. QA focuses on getting the job done correctly and efficiently for our customers.
Here is a quick guide to how to do a risk assessment. It is based on 5 easy steps to risk assessment. You can record the assessment in any way you find convenient but using a database means you can easily share the assessment with other people, make use of model assessments and keep a permanent record of the assessment.
What is required? How often do we do drills? Where does it fit on our Safety Management System? Realistic safety drills are the perfect training for survival in an unexpected emergency. Done diligently and regularly, they can save lives and help seafarers to survive whatever the unexpected may throw at them. This is also an essential part of your Safety Management System.
Taking a systematic approach to safety management makes managing your business both easier and more effective. It allows you to work out the best way to handle each aspect of your company’s safety program while making sure that everyone uses the same approach every time.
A combination of standardised training, regulations, and advancements in technology has undoubtedly enhanced safety in the maritime industry over the past 100 years. Tying these components together at an operational level, safety management systems have been just as instrumental. In recognition that a piecemeal approach to implementing safety measures was not the most effective, guidelines for safety management systems were introduced in the early 1990s and are widely regarded as having achieved a great deal in improving the safety of contemporary ships.
The Safety Management System (SMS) initiative has been widely accepted for the last decade, and continues to grow within the Maritime community. Operators have experienced benefits such as an improvement in procedures, cost reductions due to efficiencies, enhanced safety culture and increased management involvement. One benefit that is not widely known is an increase in job satisfaction. Allow me to explain. I have often wondered why some people are excited about their work and others are not. Why do some people love the company they work for and others seem to loathe it?
A safety management system (SMS) is an organised approach to managing safety. It is a systematic, precise and proactive process for managing safety risks. As with all management systems, a safety management system provides for goal setting, planning, and measuring performance. A safety management system is woven into the fabric of an organisation. It becomes part of the culture; the way people do their jobs.
Implementing an SMS may initially appear to be a daunting task, however, it is likely that some of the key elements that make up an SMS are already in place, but perhaps not formalised or clearly documented. The structure and content of an SMS should be essentially the same for any organisation but the level of detail should reflect the size, complexity and level of risk faced by your organisation.
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