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A Mining Guest Blog Series by Jim Joy – Part 1: A short history of ORM in Australian Mining: one perspective

Revisiting the history of Operational Risk Management (ORM) not only helps us understand the technical evolution of ORM but also may help us recognize the mindsets of individuals who have been in the industry for many years. People at all levels of the mining industry have been exposed to a variety of ORM initiatives over the past three decades. They may have been early or late adopters or even, as the change management models suggest: laggards. As such, history can help us understand today’s behaviors. ORM in the 70’s and [...]

November 30th, 2017|Blog, Mining|

How light treatment can enhance performance and process safety in high-hazard industries

Guest blog by Koos Meijer - KM Human Factors Engineering Last month Koos Meijer (KM Human Factors Engineering) presented at the ATCE 2017 of the Society of Petroleum Engineers in San Antonio, Texas. In his presentation, Koos discussed a proactive fatigue countermeasures innovation ‘Night Fit’ which focuses on the timing, duration, intensity and color of light exposure to enhance sleeping patterns. This blog focuses on the science behind it and the implications it can have for process safety in offshore and other high-hazard industries. The impact of sleep deficiency Insomnia [...]

November 13th, 2017|Blog|

Why are human factors so important in risk management?

Organizations want to focus on their primary process, because this generates revenue and added value for their goals. As in any process where humans are involved, human factors play an important role. Risks of potential deviations from the primary process need to be mapped in order to identify causes and system controls. These risks can be understood using the bowtie methodology. The bowtie diagram displays the causes of potential deviations, the unwanted scenario that organizations may face, and the controls necessary to prevent or mitigate incidents. Incidents are a combination [...]

November 2nd, 2017|Blog, BowtieXP|

A Mining Guest Blog Series by Jim Joy – Welcome & Introduction

The global mining industry has been communicating visions of Zero Harm for many years. As part of this vision, the industry has been committed to proactively managing operational risk. To support this Operational Risk Management (ORM) initiative, a series of short articles will be offered providing a perspective on the related needs, opportunities and challenges. Obviously, this is one person’s perspective, influenced by experience and bias, but the objective is simply to stimulate thinking. The potential step change in ORM These articles discuss the potential step change in ORM from [...]

October 26th, 2017|Blog, Mining|

Who’s running your plant at 3am?

Guest blog by Ian Travers This challenging question was posed by John Bresland and Ian Travers in the September edition of ‘The Chemical Engineer’. In this blog Ian Travers (Director & Principal Consultant at Ian Travers Ltd & Leidos) briefly explains who should run your plant at the most vulnerable time and how to select the right people. The people that should The answer should be of course the right number of skilled and competent process engineers and plant operators who can cope with any normal or abnormal situation which [...]

October 17th, 2017|Blog|

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