*** Please note change of date from 22 November to 29 November ***
Marine safety has seen some remarkable improvements over the last 30 years. The development of new protective technologies along with the creation of safety management systems has contributed to this, along with a more recent interest in the human element.
Improvement has, however, slowed suggesting that the current paradigm may have reached its limits. As time has gone by ‘unruly’, poorly integrated, and complex technologies combined with rigid complex management systems make it unlikely that ‘more of the same’ will generate further improvement.
Interest in the human element has focused on the human as an ‘error prone component’ rather than looking at the contribution that people can make to improving, not just safety and environmental performance, but efficient and reliable operation. Ideas from other industries such as resilience engineering offer some insight as to how we can put people at the centre of ship management.
This will be the focus of the next CIEHF London & South East Regional Group event taking place in London on Wednesday 29 November from 18:00. Martin Shaw from the Human Element Working Group (HEWG) within the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology, IMarEST will give a talk on “Putting people at the centre of ship operations“.
Human factors focus areas for HEWG, which will be discussed at the event, include:
- A Focus on the Individual – including the changing life aboard and changing crew skill sets.
- People-Centred Management – including the impact of increased workload and improving the resilience of the organisation.
- Physical Environment Design – including ship and engine room design and improved standardisation, and ensuring the human is at the centre of design decisions.
- Technology – ensuring it is embraced where possible without becoming over-reliant.
This event is free and is a great CPD opportunity.