For 2017 we have initiated a Joint Industries Project (JIP) that focuses on the link between culture & leadership and risk management. The JIP 2017 will give participating organizations valuable insights, practical tools and useful templates for risk assessments, incident scenarios, and audits.


In the HSEQ domain, we recognize four areas of importance: culture & leadership, risk management, processes & governance and asset integrity & control frameworks.  We believe that all areas are equally important, and we believe that all areas affect other areas – positive or negative.

Tools to measure Culture & Leadership

There is ongoing scientific research on the effect of culture and leadership on risk management. Implementing cultural components in a systematic approach is not without healthy criticism.

Undoubtedly Safety Culture & Leadership must have some kind of effect on Risk Management. Understanding it is the key to unlock the right steps to get there.

We invite you to join and see how organizations can benefit from the insights that recognized tools like Hearts & Minds and the Safety Ladder give to organizations.

For the JIP 2017 we use the Safety Ladder as a starting point. Many organizations use this tool to demonstrate (via certification or via a self-assessment) on what ‘level’ they are. The outcome is important in tenders, either to get a discount or a prerequisite to participate in a tender.

Organizations on level 2, 3 or 4 will benefit by combining their Safety Ladder data with their risk management system.

Direct benefit

Participants understand the methods and our available tools: compliance frameworks, culture & leadership models, risk assessments, incidents analysis and audits/inspections/observations/oversight.

Join and grab the ‘low hanging fruit’ by using the tools and save time, double work and demonstrate compliance.

It is best illustrated by our practical approach using the ‘three simple questions’ as a point of reference:

  1. “Do we understand what can go wrong?”
  2. “Do we know what our systems are to prevent this happening?”
  3. “Do we have information to assure us they are working effectively?”

We believe that the Safety Ladder provides a very useful starting point for understanding how well you score on these three questions. For this, we use the visual and qualitative bowtie risk assessment method. A bowtie can be regarded as a visual and qualitative representation of all relevant elements for a set of scenarios. Human behavior plays and important role in how well ‘barriers’ are implemented – and how well these barriers are used and maintained.

The added value of the bowtie method is to verify if this is really valid from a barrier management point of view – and where the gaps and improvement opportunities are. This could look like this:


Indirect benefit

In the process of working with organizations that participate in this Joint Industries Project, we will collect valuable data that could be used to create templates and best practices. We will share these templates (for risk assessments, incident scenarios, and audits) with all participants.


If you are interested in finding out more and to participate, please send an email to