When it comes to risk assessments, the maritime industry needs to go beyond the checklist and also factor in the human element
The shipping industry should alter the current ‘tick box’ culture, with greater emphasis on a proactive approach which puts people at the center. With the aim of detecting inefficient operational practices at an early stage, before they can escalate into major incidents, the Human ELement Maritime Enhancement Tool (H.EL.M.E.T.) represents a simple, practical and effective methodology for risk assessment.
the triangular methodology incorporates a drill-down approach and a single list of elements suitable for fleet and onshore human-centric risk assessment.
Key Risk Indicators
KRIs act as a signal whenever events, current conditions or trigger points indicate potential risks developing within a vessel’s and/or ship operator’s operations
Analysis involves the normalization of data collected from the field diving in the foundation of incidents, aiming at identifying uncommon patterns
Safe business profile
Numeric HELMET SBP is calculated from the combination of the HELMET Fleet Performance Indicator and Company Performance Indicator and reflects the organization’s safe business profile
Since 2016, PAS has launched H.EL.M.E.T. continuous compliance program, the acronym for “Human Element Maritime Enhancement Tool”, dedicated to the dry bulk sector. It incorporates a triangular risk assessment methodology aiming at the identification and control of human born unsafe acts, conditions and practices which have escaped attention.
H.EL.M.E.T. Webinar 28th January 2021 – Watch the Webinar Now.
We applaud Prevention at Sea’s vision of re-establishing a genuine, industry-wide commitment to “safety first” and are excited to work together, as a committee of safety experts from both the industry and academia, to continue to develop the H.EL.M.E.T methodology.
Captain Panagiotis Nikiteas
"I applaud Prevention at Sea for bringing together a committee of safety experts from both the industry and academia, to support the development of the vitally important H.EL.M.E.T. methodology."
George Boustras - Professor Risk Assessment, European University of Cyprus
"Addressing the human element is essential to safe shipping operations. Therefore, the work that we are undertaking as part of the H.EL.M.E.T. Committee to enforce a methodology that will make a significant change in the industry is extremely important to me."
Nikoletta Achilleos - EHS Consultant, Noble Energy
HE Mapping – Major Categories
Skilled based errors
Communication and Coordination
Awareness & continual maritime education