Some thoughts on risk, safety, and hazards.

Wanderer in Sea of Fog

Wanderer in Sea of Fog

Put your Ego aside.

Shortcuts, snap decisions, and complacency—are the silent killers.

Self-satisfaction (or complacency) is focused on strength not weakness.

Find your weaknesses; don’t wait for chance or someone else to do it for you.

Strength training takes time.

Most emergencies are a sprint; a large-scale event is a marathon. A well-practiced run is always better than attempting a dash to the finish line.

Preparedness is a dynamic state.

Form all training around a master training plan.

Identify risks (and hazards) before they become problems.

Always maintain the highest levels of Hazard Awareness.

To be managed, outcomes have to be measured.

To measure something you have to be able to define it.

Knowledge without Action is useless. Action without Knowledge is costly.

A Risk Assessment is not Risk Management.

Risk Management is a Process, not a Plan.

Risk Management is not a synonym for Risk Reduction.

Just identifying the Risk won’t stop it from occurring.

Risk cannot be ignored.

Risk does not go away.

Rewarded Risk is value creation.

A hazard brings only the potential for loss (Unrewarded Risk—resulting in value protection, if managed).

Safety must be controlled. Risk must be managed.

Real Safety runs deep.

Don’t count on Safety developing by accident.

Safety needs to be “Built-in, not Bolt-on.”

Will it be Risk Management …… or Crisis Management?

Focusing on compliance with the minimum legal requirements will result in a lag of Safety performance.

Every choice has a consequence.

Always think in terms of Risk; for every decision, decision makers must think of the Risk involved.

Think of Risk as you go about your daily work.

Risk must live rent free in the mind at all times.

The existence of Risk is a certainty.

Learn about Risk because it doesn’t come with instructions.

Establishing clear objectives and parameters in Risk Management works better than using a “cookbook approach.”

Change is often considered the most significant of all risks.

Think PREVENTIVE versus Curative.

The 1-10-100 Rule: A $1 not spent in Prevention will increase to $10 later spent in Correction or $100 in the cost of Failure.

Don’t add complexity, simplify!

Always think: That piece of equipment is trying to kill me!

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