IADC reveals the first nomination in the running for the IADC Safety Award 2018: We Are ITA

IADC reveals the first nomination in the running for the IADC Safety Award 2018: We Are ITA

23 Aug 2018

In the coming weeks, IADC will publish eight nominations in the running to receive the Safety Award 2018 on its website and social media. The winner will be announced on 15 September 2018.

IADC is proud to announce the first nomination is We Are ITA by Jan De Nul Group.


We Are ITA by Jan De Nul Group

During the course of a project, attention and priorities can shift, but one thing is certain: safety results from successful projects and vice versa. Jan De Nul Group acknowledges that proper preparation and keeping control makes all the difference in ensuring a successful project. That’s why the company conceived ‘Imagine Think Act’ (ITA) which has a dedicated website, a We Are ITA movie and regular newsletter messages to employees.


A company-wide programme, ITA’s strategy is to approach culture from an operational point of view and not as a safety culture. The system is self-sustaining as long as company leadership give attention to ITA as it is about how leadership is realised, risks are handled and mistakes are responded to. ITA should become part of the language that all levels speak, and through this language a culture is formed, especially since direction and support comes from the top of the company. To put theory into practice, a challenge was introduced to vessels and projects worldwide, and teams challenged each other to show ITA on their vessel/project.

Some of the ingredients of ITA are a leadership expectations matrix, a process to provide feedback on risk management and level of operational control (Field Risk Talk (FRT)), a focus on critical operations, combined with a Stop and Rethink attitude when something doesn't go according to plan, and a culture model to grow more operational control.