A new training program from Videotel and The Standard Club addresses the need to report ‘near-miss’ incidents with others through an open, ‘no-blame’ safety culture.

‘Report a Near-Miss, Save a Life’ examines the importance of sharing near-miss reports, so that lessons can be learned and publicised helping to reduce the chances of similar incidents happening.

“Ships are inherently dangerous working environments due to the nature of working in a large machine travelling across often treacherous seas and we must do all we can to keep crew safe by reporting near-miss events,” said Yves Vandenborn, Director of Loss Prevention, Charles Taylor & Co, manager of The Standard Club.

Although standards have improved since the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) adoption of the International Management Code for the Safe Operation of Ships and Pollution Prevention (ISM Code) in 1993, a high proportion of near misses at sea can still be attributed to human error.

This fact was recently highlighted in the Marine Accident Investigation Branch’s Safety Digest report which identified that this is the case for 75% of incidents received by the Confidential Hazardous Incident Reporting Programme (CHIRP) over the past 12 years.

In the video and workbook, near-miss case studies are described and analysed in detail which is designed to trigger discussions about similar situations that may have gone unreported onboard an individual ship or in the fleet. These can then be shared with other vessels with the aim of avoiding similar mistakes.

The program also investigates the many barriers to near-miss reporting and looks at how incidents involving third parties can be reported to CHIRP.