RSSB Tackling Rail Trespass Risk
16th December 2020:
RSSB and Department for Transport funded research by Greenstreet Berman and The University of Nottingham to understand the motivation for trespass on the rail network and how this differs geographically and temporally across the UK. The overall aim of the project was to develop guidance to enable industry to select the best approaches to prevent trespass. The output of the work led to a range of guidance materials, such as how to conduct trespass risk assessment, how to select interventions and then how to measure their effectiveness. This guidance is available for free on the RSSB website, for more information please follow this link.
Hazards 30: Safe staffing levels: latest Energy Institute guidance
9th November 2020:
Michael Wright of GSB and Stuart King of the Energy Institute are presenting “Safe staffing levels: latest Energy Institute guidance” at 11.55 on the 27th November at Hazards 30. For more information please click here.
This guide builds on the Energy Institute’s Briefing Note 23 on Workload and Staffing levels, by providing additional guidance on:
– Understanding the importance of adequate staffing levels to safe operations;
– Selecting assessment methods for determining staffing levels;
– Recognising associated issues of shift systems and levels of supervisory staff and how they impact staffing levels;
– Specifying and designing staffing levels risk controls (management of change, use of organisational baselines, fatigue risk management etc):
– Determining ALARP staffing levels.
The guide commences with major accident case studies to illustrate how staffing levels and related arrangements can contribute to major accidents, and draws out the key lessons learnt from these case studies on why organisations can get staffing levels wrong.
The guide is in press and should be published in 2021.
JOSCAR: Hellios accreditation
12th October 2020:
We are pleased to announce that Greenstreet Berman Ltd has become fully registered on the JOSCAR supplier accreditation register. The Joint Supply Chain Accreditation Register (JOSCAR) is a collaborative tool used by the aerospace, defence and security industry to act as a single repository for pre-qualification and compliance information.
New Energy Institute guide: Managing major accident hazard risks (people, plant and environment) during organisational change.
4th May 2020:
The Energy Institute has just published this new guide. It covers organisational change that comes from changes in technology and operations, as well as discrete changes in business organisation, staffing and management. The guide was produced by the Energy Institute’s (EI) Human and Organisational Factors Committee (HOFCOM) and developed by Greenstreet Berman Ltd. It helps organisations successfully manage the major accident risk aspects of organisational change, including: – how to recognise change; – what is a suitable form and level of assessment; – what are the techniques for achieving a safe process of organisational change; – what are the responsibilities of key people with respect to managing the safety aspect of organisational change; – when to seek specialist help, and – what are the indicators of good and poor practice. You can register, for free, and get a free PDF download of the guide here
Business as usual
20th March 2020:
Greenstreet Berman is operating business as usual. We have implemented home working for all staff. Your phone calls will be forwarded. As for many other businesses, we are working with our clients to ensure their important work continues. Please do call us on 020 3102 2110 if you have any questions or email us at [email protected]
Nikki Legg joins Greenstreet Berman Ltd
8th January 2020:
We are delighted to have Nikki Legg join Greenstreet Berman as a Human Factors Consultant. Nikki joins us from Rail Safety and Standards Board where she completed a series of Human Factors projects for the rail industry on fatigue, prevention of passing signals at danger, route knowledge. She is supporting projects at Greenstreet Berman Ltd on safety culture assessment, fatigue risk management and human reliability assessment of safety critical tasks.”
“Psychological safety – facilitating self-reporting of error, mistakes and non-compliance: A rapid review for the Energy Institute” presentation at the 2020 Safety Critical Systems Club symposium, Tuesday 11 – Thursday 13 February, 2020 – York, UK
18th December 2019:
Michael Wright is presenting on “Psychological safety – facilitating self-reporting of error, mistakes and non-compliance: A rapid review for the Energy Institute” at the 2020 Safety Critical Systems Club symposium, Tuesday 11 – Thursday 13 February, 2020 – York, UK
Psychological safety plays a role in facilitating the reporting of errors and unsafe behaviours – thereby enabling these to be identified, learnt from and improvements made to prevent repetition of errors and unsafe behaviours. Michael will share insights into Interventions to enhance psychological safety and how this goes beyond a Just Culture.
Find out more at the SCSC website here.
Energy Institute Human Factors Foundation course 11th-15th Nov 2019
17th October 2019:
The Energy Institute are re-running their successful Human Factors Foundation course, 11th-15th November 2019, in London. The course, delivered by GSB, is in its fourth year and has achieved a high level of attendance and positive feedback from delegates. This 5-day course, accredited by the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors, delivers a comprehensive introduction into Human Factors for non-specialists. It provides a practical, engaging and interactive background to key topic areas, as well as how human and organisational factors can be applied within the workplace.
Successful candidates will receive the Human Factors Foundation Certificate.
Creating and Maintaining an Effective Safety Culture – London, 5th December 2019, Safety Critical Systems Club Seminar
17th October 2019:
This seminar will feature 7 speakers from diverse sectors explaining how to create, how to measure, and importantly, how to maintain a strong and effective safety culture within an organisation.
Greenstreet Berman Ltd will be speaking on “Safety culture assessments and improvement strategy: lessons from defence and elsewhere”. Elsewhere includes the rail and nuclear sectors. Having completed many assessments we hope to share lessons on how to truly help organisations understand their cultural maturity, provide value adding insights and support improvement plans – rather than create a bit of shelfware. As a seminar there’ll be plenty of opportunity to ask your own questions.
The Energy Institute, on behalf of Shell, commissioned a review of psychological safety
17th October 2019:
The Energy Institute, on behalf of Shell, commissioned a review of psychological safety. Psychological safety can be described as the willingness of people to express an opinion, admit mistakes or unsafe behaviours, without fear of being embarrassed, rejected or punished. The capacity of an organisation to identify areas of weakness in safety performance (as indicated by errors and unsafe behaviours) and effectively resolve these proactively is considered to contribute to the prevention of incidents and / or prevention of the repetition of the same or similar errors and unsafe behaviours. The review explored the link between Psychological Safety and HSE Performance and how to build Psychological Safety
The report can be found on the Energy Institute’s “Hearts and Mind” page here.
Psychological safety: the relationship between psychological safety, human performance and HSE performance
3rd April 2019:
Despite major advances in safety culture over the past decades, the continued experience of major accidents raises the question of what else can be done. The Energy Institute, on behalf of Shell, commissioned a rapid review of psychological safety which we presented at this year’s Safety Critical Systems Club symposium in Bristol. Psychological safety is the willingness of people to express an opinion, admit mistakes or unsafe behaviours, without fear of being embarrassed, rejected or punished. Psychological safety is thought to play a role in:
1) Facilitating the reporting of errors and unsafe behaviours – thereby enabling these to be identified, learnt from and improvements made to prevent repetition;
2) Facilitating open discussion of error, understanding errors and unsafe behaviours. Psychological safety is particularly important in hierarchical organisations, especially where error may have serious safety consequences.
We produced a poster which received a lot of attention at the symposium, with people queuing up to ask questions!
You can view the poster here.
25th May 2017:
We are delighted to announce that Jon Berman won the Otto Edholm Award from the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors this April, 2017.
This award is granted for significant contributions to the application of Ergonomics/ Human Factors. The presentation of the award was made at the CIEHF’s Ergonomics & Human Factors 2017 conference by Claire Dickinson, President Elect of the Institute. Jon Berman’s (Fellow Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors (FIEHF)) career in Ergonomics commenced with British Aerospace in Filton in 1977 and then the RAF Institute of Aviation Medicine. He moved to the nuclear industry in 1986, before finally entering consultancy in 1991. Since 1997 he’s been a Director of Greenstreet Berman Ltd, leading its growth from three staff in 1997 to its current 15 staff and being one of the largest independent Human Factors consultancies in the UK with offices in London, Manchester and Reading. Some of the many contributions from hundreds of projects include:
CRC Press have released for sale “Foodborne Diseases: Case Studies of Outbreaks in the Agri-Food Industries” featuring a chapter by Michael Wright, Greenstreet Berman’s lead on safety culture, titled ‘Manufacturing Food Safety Incidents and the Role of Food Safety Culture’.
The book notes that “Serious incidents in large food producers indicate that the attitudes, beliefs and behaviours of people can undermine food safety technology, training, auditing, accreditation and food safety management”. The chapter summarises three food incidents which occurred due to the “decisions of managers, highlighting the importance of organizational culture”, noting that organizations…
6th June 2016:
We are pleased to announce that we have now been awarded the Cyber Essentials certification.
Cyber Essentials aims to help organisations implement basic levels of protection against cyber attack, demonstrating to their customers that they take cyber security seriously.
It is an independently verified self-assessment. Organisations assess themselves against five basic security controls and a qualified assessor verifies the information provided.
The five basic controls within Cyber Essentials were chosen because, when properly implemented, they will help to protect against…
1st April 2014:
Jon Berman is honoured to have been asked to give the Institute Lecture at this year’s Annual Conference of the Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors (IEHF), to be held in Southampton, 7th – 10th April 2014.
The Institute Lecture is awarded to someone who the IEHF considers has made ‘significant and sustained contributions in one or more fields of ergonomics/human factors’. Jon’s Lecture is entitled ‘Ergonomics, Resilience and Reliability – to ERR is human’.
The paper will review the role of people in high-reliability and resilient systems.
29th November 2013:
Greenstreet Berman Ltd. are delighted to have received accreditation for ISO 9001 – Quality Management.
We have for many years operated a Quality Management System that has been consistent with the aims of ISO 9001.
After successfully completing the audit process with BSi this year we have now been accredited.
20th May 2011:
Jon Berman has been appointed President Elect of the IEHF.
One of our Directors – Jon Berman – has played an active role in the Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors (IEHF) for many years and is a Fellow of the Institute. At the AGM of the Institute, on 11th April 2011, Jon became President-Elect. He will become President next year.