"The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions." - Leonardo da Vinci

16th International Symposium on Loss Prevention and Safety Promotion in the Process Industries

750th Event of the European Federation of Chemical Engineering After a period of 45 years since its first edition in 1974, the 16th International Symposium on Loss Prevention and Safety Promotion in the Process Industries has returned to the Delft University of Technology. This symposium is the most prestigious conference in the world in the field

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A story about Mountains – Part 5 – Total Respect Management

Part 5 – Total Respect Management Improve your results In the previous parts of ’a story about mountains’ you learned that a business or organisation can be compared to a mountain and how communication, management and leadership can improve life on your mountain. Today I want to take you with me to a mountain to

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A story about Mountains – Part 4 – Leadership

  The importance of good leadership for organisations and companies. Showing the way and taking care Management and leadership go hand in hand. They need each other to achieve results effectively. If management on our mountain is depicted by its governing infrastructure (see Part 3), then leadership can be compared with the signposts, the planted

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A story about Mountains – Part 3 – Management

A story about Mountains – Part 3 – Management The importance of good management for organisations and companies. Mountains and infrastructure In part 1 and part 2 of ’A story about mountains’ you can read how organisations or companies can be compared to mountains. In part 3 we will use this metaphor to demonstrate the

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A story about Mountains – Part 2 – Communication

Part 2 – Communication See also Part 1 A crucial element Management and leadership are perfectly complementary aspects of running companies and organisations and they are essential to good business. These aspects also have a crucial element in common, namely communication. Both management and leadership need appropriate and clear communication to share ideas, execute plans and

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A story about Mountains – Part 1

Part 1 – What does your mountain look like? Companies and mountains During a conversation, when subjects like the state and condition of companies, services or organisations pop up, I often compare this state and condition with the environment and the circumstances on and around a mountain. There are a lot of parallels that can be drawn between

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How to Integrate Risk Based Thinking into your own Organisation [video]

What is Risk Based Thinking? What exactly do we mean when we talk about Risk Based Thinking? The last revision of ISO 9001 (2015) introduced the concept of Risk Based Thinking. In this ISO standard, a company-wide approach to quality is promoted. This updated approach substitutes the concept of preventive action by ‘Managing Risks and

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Living in the comfort zone

Perceptions of danger and safety in the comfort zone Safety & Performance, opposing forces? Often safety and performance in an individual or organisational context are deceptively seen as opposing forces. In this line of thinking, doing things out of the ordinary brings about unknown risks. As such, this is considered being dangerous and therefore people

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Comparing ISO 31000 (2009) with the draft ISO 31000 (2017) – Part 2

Part 2 – ISO 31000 – Scope – Narrative References – Terms & Definitions A high level document The revision for the ISO 31000 standard is to be finalized in 2017. In a series of articles we want to present and discuss the major changes that are to be expected. In Part 1 we discussed the

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Comparing ISO 31000 (2009) with the draft ISO 31000 (2017) – Part 1

Part 1 –  THE INTRODUCTION An eye-catching feature Recently the draft version of the first revision of the ISO 31000 standard has become available for purchase and review. (https://www.iso.org/obp/ui/#iso:std:iso:31000:dis:ed-2:v1:en) and a first rather drastic change is immediately visible in the introduction of the standard, as it really catches the eye. In this first article comparing

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