3 Sep 2018
There are eight nominations in the running for the Safety Award 2018! IADC is proud to announce the next nomination is Critical Operations ‘Lock Out, Tag Out’ (LOTO) by Jan De Nul Group. The winner will be announced on 15 September 2018.
Critical Operations ‘Lock Out, Tag Out’ (LOTO) by Jan De Nul Group
There are infinite situations which can be considered risks to safety in dredging projects. That’s why Jan De Nul introduced a critical operations campaign to increase awareness around the most serious risks which have historically resulted in the worst incidents. These are identified as working at height, lifting operations, tasks requiring lock out and tag out, site traffic, defining no-go areas, marine navigational awareness and marine transfer of personnel.
Specifically, the critical operation ‘Lock Out, Tag Out’ (LOTO) contributes to safety in the sector as it is a control measure present industry-wide. Jan De Nul’s critical operation LOTO campaign was approached from an operational point of view. The campaign aimed to be interesting to crew normally involved in LOTO operations and for this reason, the people involved in LOTO are presenting it in the video.
While the technique of doing LOTO is not new, the way it is communicated to the dredging projects and vessels is. The engine room departments of all vessels wrote vessel-specific LOTO manuals detailing which isolations are required for the different jobs on board.
A usual day on board of a dredging vessel was filmed, documenting the actual crew which successfully applied isolation according to the LOTO standard. The movie followed Jan De Nul’s Imagine, Think, Act (ITA) framework: imagine what should and should not happen, think of a plan and communicate with the team, and act by leading the plan. The movie was then sent to all dredging projects and vessels, and was shared on the ITA website and Jan De Nul’s social media accounts. Constant reminders were issued in the form of posters and all of JDN’s computer login screens. Elaborate training packages were also sent to all projects and vessels to increase knowledge of the LOTO procedure.
Through advance preparation of ship-specific LOTO manuals to describe which operations require which LOTO, and then through sharing of this material, awareness and safety can be increased. The risk of working on equipment is a common issue therefore applying this approach can benefit the industry.