Preview ASSE’s Upcoming Fatality & Severe Loss Prevention Symposium

To help reduce and prevent workplace fatalities, ASSE is hosting Fatality & Severe Loss Prevention Symposium, Nov. 21-22, 2013, in San Diego, CA. The 2-day event will highlight strategies and proven solutions in fatality prevention and provide a platform for safety professionals to network and share ideas on a common goal—preventing catastrophic loss.

The symposium will be broken down into four rounds of concurrent sessions, each consisting of three to four presentations, and will begin with two keynote presentations and two general session presentations by leading industry experts who will discuss current topics and relevant best practices. Read about a few session offerings featured below:

In her opening keynote presentation, “Roots of a Crisis,” Catherine Tinsley, professor of management and head of the management group at McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University in Washington, DC, will discuss how latent errors and enabling conditions can indicate the probability of error and introduce seven strategies to help SH&E professionals and business leaders detect and learn from near misses to ward off loss.

Rob Shuster, vice president of protective services and training for AFIMAC Global, will deliver a keynote workshop, “An Active Shooter Enters Your Facility! What You Can Do.” It will cover actions that can mitigate loss resulting from an active shooter event. Through video clips and discussion, Shuster will explain how individuals can mentally prepare for such an incident and how experts and other resources can be used to develop a tailored response plan.

General Session
Organizational psychologist Thomas Krause will discuss how an organization’s culture and leadership affect risk in his presentation, “Signals of Vulnerability to Catastrophic Loss.” Krause, who believes that these organizational attributes can be determinants of risk, will examine how positive attributes of leadership and culture can be identified and made more prominent, as well as how leaders who feel passionately about safety can encourage their workers to adopt a similar philosophy.

Round I: Workplace Vulnerability
John W. Mroszczyk, Ph.D., P.E., CSP, will present “Checklist For Sources of a Fatality or Severe Loss in Your Workplace,” a workshop focused on assessing risks around energy sources and hazardous substances in the workplace. He will provide insight on how to prevent incidents once hazards have been detected, and attendees will leave his session with a checklist containing sources of risk in the workplace.

Round II: Techniques for Preventing the Worst
In “Human Performance Indicators,” Rob Fisher, president of Fisher Improvement Technologies Inc., will introduce fundamental human performance concepts and their relationship to fatality prevention. At the working level, many triggers can indicate the probability of error, and research indicates that 10 human-error traps can significantly increase the likelihood of errors in a facility. Fisher will introduce these traps in addition to human performance guiding principles and recognition techniques in hopes of teaching managers, supervisors and workers how to recognize the signs that indicate these errors are imminent and give them the tools to reduce the likelihood of human-error related incidents.

Mike Allocco, P.E., CSP, will present “Overcoming Illogic,” a seminar on how to better mitigate exposures to severe loss by combating assumptions and applying hazard analysis and risk management. Allocco will explain how various forms of illogic, such as relying too heavily on probability or automated systems, can contribute to risk, and he will present strategies for managing exposure to severe loss using system safety axioms.

Round III: Techniques for Preventing the Worst (continued)
Using Pretask Briefs to Identify and Eliminate Risks,” a presentation by Ron Pryor, owner and principle consultant of Pryor Experience LLC, acts as a follow-up to Fisher’s presentation on human performance indicators, in which he will discuss using pretask briefs as a mechanism to identify and eliminate fatality risks. Applying pretask briefs, workers assess a task through a series of steps that encourage analysis and conversation before work begins to reduce the likelihood of human error. So while Fisher’s introduction will give attendees a basic understanding of the science and concepts behind human performance, Pryor’s presentation will provide practical applications. Pryor will pull concepts from Fisher’s presentation and explain how to utilize and assess those concepts in a pretask brief and plan for either an elimination or avoidance of those issues before the task begins.

Round IV: Implementing Your Prevention Plan
The “Hurt-Free Approach,” presented by Michael Smith, safety advisor at ExxonMobil Development Co. addresses the importance of analyzing and prioritizing all incidents and creating safety leaders both on and off the job. ExxonMobil developed this approach in 2006 to boost employee morale, after learning that its workforce felt undervalued, Smith says. Despite having record-setting performance on the job site, ExxonMobil leaders felt it was important for workers to understand that safety was about more than numbers and recordability. Wanting to engage the workforce and make employees feel more appreciated, the company decided to move from a treatment-based approach to the hurt-free approach. While the traditional methodology is still used as a secondary administrative reporting metric, the hurt-free approach offers an alternative solution focusing on three key components: Emphasizing safety leaders, analyzing the physical damage and focusing on potential consequences.