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Independent Safety Advice to the Communications and Situational Awareness team

In January 2013 BMT was contracted to provide hands-on Independent Safety Advice to the Communications and Situational Awareness team at the Ships Operating Centre (OC) in MOD Abbey Wood.

This requirement for independent safety advice arose following the Communications and Situational Awareness Team’s new appointment of a System Safety & Environmental Manager with a Land Safety background, working from the basis of JSP 454.

The assistance we provided was, therefore, to bridge the knowledge gap in terms of maritime safety expertise, share our insight into JSP 430 and utilise our deep understanding of working in the Ships OC.

BMT helped the Communications and Situational Awareness team to establish a series of improvement measures to increase safety and environmental performance, and also provide greater and more robust assurance to the team’s stakeholders.

This involved the undertaking of an initial review to examine current working practices as well as the development of a gap analysis against the requirements of JSP 430 / recognised good practice.

The most significant contribution was the creation of a comprehensive and tailored Safety & Environmental Management System. 

This ensured that all key aspects of performance could be regularly measured and progress tracked against the Team Leader endorsed programme.

Consequently, the Communications and Situational Awareness team were able to apply BMT’s resources and advice to the areas that needed it most.

The resulting improvement meant that the team was recognised by the Ships OC Safety and Environmental Protection (SEP) team as being one of the best performing equipment teams in the OC, with many of the exemplars being applied elsewhere. This improvement was achieved over a period of just 8 months.

This package of work demonstrates that BMT has a proven track record of helping Project Teams to:

  • Better understand their legal obligations by helping them to justify that all risks are “As Low As Reasonably Practicable” (ALARP)
  • Improve Safety and Environmental performance in accordance with JSP 430, Ships OC guidance and Good Practice
  • Reduce OC spend by promoting the sharing of knowledge and experience with similar teams, thus increasing efficiency

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