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Did checklists help save my life…?

Modern healthcare is an industrial process just like any other. Whether we like it or not, when we go to a hospital for surgery we must submit to a process. Quite probably, dozens of individuals are going to get involved in our care. Some of those people will have direct continuous involvement in our care […]

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How ‘Experts’ can be the Biggest Obstacle to Using Checklists

Sure, there are some obstacles to using checklists which we’ve touched on in the preceding blogs. But the far biggest obstacle to their successful implementation is the ‘expert’ who’s offended at the thought of ever needing a checklist. That ‘expert’ can be anyone in the organization. The expert will give any number of reasons checklists are a […]

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Checklists don’t work….do they? Why Checklists Work

Here are 10 reasons why implementing checklists work in your business’s operations: 1 – Because everyone already knows what we need to do! You may think that everyone knows what to do because they’ve done it a hundred times before. But even though we’ve told them what to do, people often don’t listen and frequently […]

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6 Steps to Creating a Checklist

We’ve talked about Atul Gawande before and his book ‘The Checklist Manifesto’ and, at this early stage in our blog series on checklists, we think it’s worth hammering home some of the points he makes. Boeing, NASA, and other large organizations have entire teams dedicated to creating checklists. Fortunately, you can capture significant improvements using checklists […]

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A checklist for checklists? ….why not?

We’ve previously blogged about Atul Gawande’s The Checklist Manifesto which is a great help for the medical sector. We suggest you make familiarize yourself with it, but here is a great ‘ a checklist for checklists’ that’ll help you get started in whichever industry you’re in. Just use this as a clear, simple, and general […]

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Where to Start with Checklists?

Before we get into the detail of industry-specific checklists and the issues involved in their design and operation we should remind you about the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthful workplace for their employees. OSHA’s role is to assure the safety and health of America’s workers […]

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Do you need help working with checklists?

Do you need help working with checklists? Do you struggle to design the right checklists for your business? – Talk to us and see how we can help, for free*! We can help you find templates to use, ‘sense-check’ the templates you think you’d like to use, or even design new templates from scratch – […]

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Safety first

Do we really put safety first?…. quite possibly not

We often say that safety is our number one priority and we’d probably like it to be. But if we drill down into our business we’d probably find that not everyone agrees with us. We may have signs and slogans plastered all over our walls shouting ‘Safety First’ but in real terms, our behavior probably […]

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A view from the Maritime Union of Australia…

A interesting counter-view of the benefits of Behavioural Based Safety systems is raised here. It’s an aged article and produced by a controversial labor organization, The Maritime Union of Australia… (c’mon guys, your views have been considered ‘strident’ on occasions in the past…) Nonetheless, we think it’s a valid comment and would welcome your own […]

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‘Tailor’ Your Behavioral Based Safety Program

The next in our series on implementing and improving a Behavioural Based Safety system involves ‘tailoring’ the language, style, and branding of the program to your own organization. It’s can be a great idea to use a standard ‘off-the-shelf’ program that has been proven to work elsewhere – but it MUST be tailored to your […]

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Why not use Certainty Software with IMCA guidance documents?

It’s great to see that the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has undertaken its ambitious project of reviewing every guidance document in its extensive library, ensuring all are fully up-to-date. Work on the project, which started in January 2016, will be completed in the first quarter of this year. The IMCA guidance documents provide an […]

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How the Behavioral Based Safety System is a Group Effort

The fourth blog in our series on how to implement a Behavioural Based Safety System is about the need to listen to your employees and use the process to improve communication in the organization. Many managers are often stuck on ‘transmit’ and expect their people to continuously listen to them as they spout on the […]

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Certainty Software reduces ISM inspection and audit costs across a fleet

The costs and consequences of a major incident onboard a ship at sea are extremely high. Certainty Software is an ideal inspection management tool to reduce inspection and audit costs in the maritime sector. It helps manage the huge amount of management data across an entire fleet and multiple office sites instantly and online – […]

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