The Safety & Reliability Society (SaRS) webinar programme is brought to you by the SaRS Webinar Working Group (WWG) with the objectives of: Providing high quality cross industry learning on interesting safety and reliability (S&R) topics, Promoting the message of a safer and more reliable world, Encouraging greater participation in the development of S&R across all industries, Providing presenting, career development and CPD opportunities to individual S&R practitioners, Broadening the reach of SaRS and encouraging more S&R professionals to get involved with the Society, Helping to meet the charitable aims of the Society

As with all SaRS groups the WWG consists enthusiastic S&R professionals who volunteer their time to help promote S&R across all industries. The members of WWG are: Angela Ku – Senior Safety & Risk Consultant at Jacobs, Simon Burwood – Managing Director at Engineering Safety Consultants Ltd., Jibril Okin – Process/Technical Safety Engineering Consultant, Colin Dennis (Chair) – SaRS.

Scroll down for details of all the upcoming webinars – all SaRS webinars are free and open to members and non-members

Our webinar programme is partly funded by ESRA (European Safety and Reliability Association)

We also have a comprehensive archive of previous webinars that SaRS members can access:

1. Basics of Risk Management

February 2020 to July 2020

SaRS is delighted to announce a NEW INITIATIVE involving a series of 6 LUNCHTIME WEBINARS on THE BASICS OF RISK MANAGEMENT

Through a series of 6 technical webinars we will cover the basics of risk management using a single example to allow a full picture of the Safety Life Cycle by exploring different aspects during each webinar. This series aims to get people thinking in their day to day jobs how they could improve management in these areas. The webinars will be preceded by an article and supported by various LinkedIn posts. These posts will also have links to where you can find more information.

The webinars will be presented by Louise Whiting of Barberton Ltd. Louise is a Chartered Process Engineer and a Professional Safety Engineer accredited by IChemE. Over 11 years she has worked in process and process safety roles in Shell and BP giving her a good understanding of how various safety processes are executed in the field. She has also worked on a range of projects from green field to brownfield onshore and offshore where she developed a good understanding of the key project stages and processes to achieve robust risk management. Louise has a good understanding of upstream and has demonstrated that she can apply skills learned in various settings.

Registration is free and open to both members and non-members and you can register for as many as you wish.

  1. Safety Life Cycle – Held on 19th February 2020 – 13:00 to 14:00.
  2. Overpressure Protection – Held on 20th March 2020 – 13:00 to 14:00.
  3. Overfill Protection – Held on 22nd April 2020 – 13:00 to 14:00.
  4. Managing intervention activities – Held on 27th May 2020 – 13:00 to 14:00.
  5. People placement – held on 17th June 2020 – 13:00 to 14:00.
  6. Managing events post loss of containment (with a view to limiting consequences) – 15th July 2020 – 13:00 to 14:00. Please register here.

2. Safety Leadership

8th July 2020 at 13:00 to 14:00. Register here

Over the last few decades, the performance goals that organisations strive after have increased tremendously in number. To manage and counter this complexity, companies have added structures, processes, rules and roles to the organisational bureaucracy. This is particularly visible in the safety domain where the number of rules that need to be adhered to is growing at an exponential rate, making it even more difficult to comply with them all the time.

In this webinar we will describe the multiple small steps that collectively facilitate the improvement of safety – and even overall organisational performance – as witnessed in various industries across the globe. Operational performance including safety relies heavily on your people’s ability to adapt their behaviour as circumstances dictate. And yes, that does mean that they might circumvent the rules every now and then in your organisation’s interest – very often with a successful outcome as a result. Only every so often does this behaviour lead to an adverse outcome, which you then hear about.

The webinar will be presented by Professor Robert de Boer MSc PhD, Director of the Amsterdam Campus for Northumbria University

Robert was trained as an aerospace engineer at Delft University of Technology. He majored in man-machine systems and graduated cum laude in 1988. After gaining experience in line management and consulting he joined Fokker Technologies in 1999. These experiences inspired his current scientific interest in team collaboration and safety, culminating in a PhD (achieved in May 2012) at the Delft University of Technology. From 2009 to 2018 Robert was appointed as Professor of Aviation Engineering at the Amsterdam University of Applied Science (AUAS). Robert is currently the Director of the Amsterdam Campus for Northumbria University, combining this with safety research and a role as Associate at INTERGO (the International Centre for Safety, Ergonomics & Human Factors) in the Netherlands.

Registration is free and open to both members and non-members.

Please register for the Webinar here

3. Human Factors and Asset Management

29th July 2020 at 13:00 to 14:00 Register here

This webinar will focus on the touch points between Human Factors and Asset Management. The aim will be to highlight and discuss the human factors tools and techniques that can best support and provide an integrated approach to the Asset Management process outlined in ISO 55000, demonstrating this with a few case studies.

The webinar will be presented by Nicola Fairburn, Senior Human Factors Consultant, Atkins

Nicola has over 12 years of professional experience providing Human Factors within safety critical domains, including Defence and Nuclear. Currently she is working at Atkins as the Technical Authority for Human Factors within the ASD&T business, providing oversight of the human factors work conducted within ADS&T.

Nicola has been involved in multiple projects with an aim to ensure the system is safe, efficient and fully supports the user goals. These projects include, supporting the safety case for large scale new build projects, providing Human Factors Integration for a complex upgrade to a Command and Control system, Cyber Investigations, software interface development and supporting large scale bids.

Registration is free and open to both members and non-members.

Please register for the Webinar here

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