ABIDES, after raising the issue with representatives from the energy, petroleum and gas, aerospace and insurance industries, decided to propose and to put into practice the I Brazil Forum on the Safety Culture & International Safety Products and Services Fair.
I Brazil Forum on the Safety Culture & International Safety Products and Services Fair
Organization: Brazilian Association for Integration and Sustainable Development – ABIDES (www.abides.org.br).
Organization: Gauche Eventos (http://www.gauche-eventos.com.br/).
Date: November 10 – 13, 2011
Location: Rio de Janeiro
A number of accidents and operational failures have occurred in recent years both in Brazil and internationally. Some of the most recent accidents are shown below:
- Oil Spills in Guanabara Bay.
- Accident with the P36 Platform.
- Aircraft Accidents and the Crisis in Air Travel (Recent accidents with aircraft belonging to Gol and TAM).
- Accident at the construction site of the São Paulo Metro.
- Railroad accidents.
- Accidents in stadiums and sports arenas.
In addition to causing significant loss of life, these accidents have also had a strong impact on the environment and have resulted in considerable material damage.
In these accidents everybody loses:
- The families of the victims.
- The operating companies.
- The insurance companies.
- The environment.
In summary, these losses make up a high cost to society and are part of the so-called “Brazil Cost”.
After a careful analysis of these representative accidents, the technical experts from ABIDES, using proprietary technology, concluded that the most significant and inclusive conclusion is the lack of a “Safety Culture” in the organizations involved in these accidents, as in each accident the common factor is a failure in the operations decision system, which clearly indicates the absence of a philosophy of safety.
The bases for this negative conclusion are to be found in the human and organizational factors, because although machinery and equipment are continually being improved, there is always the unpredictable human element of the behavior of the operator, in which there is a consistent lack of an observed “Safety Culture”, resulting in the series of accidents shown above.
These indicators point to the lack of a national policy, or to a governmental agency fundamentally dedicated to the dissemination of the concepts identified as the “Safety Culture”, essential for the creation of an environment that encourages the development and use of positive practices such that accidents can be prevented and avoided.
In general every segment that operates systems were the risk of accidents with serious consequences is present, defined its own safety policy under the control of specific regulatory and control agencies. There is little interaction between these segments where an exchange of experience can take place and where the creation of policies and means of prevention of accidents that are common to all can be pursued. The result is a continuing series of accidents, each one coming as a shock to society, even with the substantial technological evolution that has occurred in recent decades.
Another important point to be considered is the interaction needed with the scientific and academic world that have important contributions to make in the field of the Safety Culture. The essential integration with the national and international research and development community is the element that lies behind the initiative of the I Brazil Forum on the Safety Culture.
- Description of the event.
For the reasons described above, ABIDES, after raising the issue with representatives from the energy, petroleum and gas, aerospace and insurance industries, decided to propose and to put into practice the I Brazil Forum on the Safety Culture & International Safety Products and Services Fair, with the following goals and objectives:
- Permit the exchange of operating and safety experiences between various segments that operate systems involving the risk of serious accident.
- Identify failures in the safety policies of these industries.
- Work for the formulation of a National Safety Culture Policy.
2.1 Structural approach to the event.
The large potential for this event stems from the need to discuss the policies to be developed and followed by regulatory agencies and public and private companies involved, with regard to the Safety Culture, promoting a genuine exchange of experience in the field.
The Brazilian Association For Integration and Sustainable Development – ABIDES, which is the organizer of the event, is a private sector nonprofit organization that has the following objectives:
· Bring together companies and individuals interested in the development of Brazil on a sustainable basis;
· Encourage the discussion of ideas that promote an understanding of questions related to the process of sustainable development in Brazil;
· Organize and develop activities to achieve its objectives.
The intersection of the need to act to prevent accidents, and the mission of ABIDES, creates a perfect scenario for a constructive debate on this current topic.
Everton Carvalho/Nivia Maria Carvalho
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