Identification of Leading Objective Indicators of Safety in Shipping
Abstract: This study investigated the possibilities of identifying leading objective indicators of safety across shipping organisations. Leading objective indicators of safety are safety culture related metrics that are statistically correlated with safety performance data which enables a more proactive approach to safety management. The conclusion was that no indicators could be identified, at least not across a wide range of different shipping companies from different sectors due to major differences in safety monitoring and perception of terms and expressions related to safety. It was therefore concluded that there is a need for a more common understanding of terms and expressions used within the shipping sector. It is also concluded that a well-functioning reporting system is essential for enabling an effective safety monitoring. We believe that leading objective indicators can be a useful supplementary tool in safety management if it is further developed and used within one organisation.
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