This document provides a guide for Senior Leaders in their relentless drive to prevent fatalities; both through their personal actions and the processes and activities they should ensure are in place.
The Senior Leader is ultimately responsible for providing the leadership, systems and processes for the prevention of fatalities.
The actions of Senior Leaders are fundamental to the elimination of fatalities. Strong and consistent leadership that demonstrates - every day - a continuous commitment to safe and fatality free production will drive us to zero fatalities.
Investigations of fatal incidents around the world have demonstrated that in order to achieve safe and fatality free production the following elements are essential:
- Maintaining a sense of vulnerability - complacency built on past success blinds us to warning signs
- Ensuring continuous improvement in environment, equipment, strategy and systems
- Applying the hierarchy of controls1 - eliminate the risk and reduce the chance of human error
- Increasing the focus on high potential near fatal events
- Recognizing the personal - fatal accidents are not just statistics
- Maintaining operating disciplines - combating the gradual shift to unsafe behaviours
- Maintaining alertness to increased and unexpected risks during abnormal operating conditions
- Addressing culture and leadership through objective assessment and, where required, improvement plans
- Providing courageous leadership in leading change and holding each individual in the business accountable for safe and fatality free production.