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Safety & Risk Management

These seven rules are applicable to any high-risk organization and are used as a basis for all training at Ventures West Transport LP

Make sure all people involved in the organization are continually striving to improve.

Do not accept the “status quo” or individuals “sliding by” just above minimum standards.

Measure results and then expect improvement in the personnel and the organization.

Theories of management don’t much matter. Endeavors succeed or fail because of people involved. How do you know if a person is good person? Past performance is usually a good indicator of future performance.

Supervision must be organized and must involve supervisors planning, organization, training, leadership, controlling and seeing to the needs of all personnel under their control.

Tragedies do not just happen.


Many people in organizations spend a lot of time fearing (and planning for ) risks that are unlikely to ever come to fruition,(extremely low frequency) and worrying about low-risk issues.

Problems arise when too little time is spent analyzing and planning for normal every day risks and issues. You need to evaluate the risks faced by organizations realistically, and the design procedures and systems to reduce or eliminate those risks.

Employees that seldom perform or practice a skill cannot be expected to perform it effectively and safely in high-risk, high stress situations, no matter how well they were initially trained.

Employees need to have memory markers installed in initial training. And then these markers must be exercised and reinforced continually. This is especially true in high-risk, low frequency situations.

Rules without enforcement are useless, as are safety systems without implementation or auditing.

The best and most advanced safety system will not work if workers fail to use it, or supervisors do not perform audits and inspections to determine that it is being used correctly.

Auditing and inspecting is not micro-management in high-risk organizations. It is absolutely necessary.

There are no new ways to get into trouble, only new ways to stay out of trouble.

A basic rule is “there’s always a better way” and organizations should learn from their errors, including close calls, to avoid repeating them. “Predictable is preventable”, it is manageable.