Jan 232016

So what do you do when you experience an incident that was very nearly an accident? Or a dangerous situation, an accident in waiting, that you think you can do nothing about? Do you curse, shrug and forget because you think nothing can be done? Or your job might be at risk if you make a fuss about it? There is a way to solve that problem – it’s called CHIRP, the Confidential Hazardous Incident Reporting Programme.

CHIRP has released a video, made by Maritime Films UK, about how it works and how it can help you keep yourself safe, without compromising your job, with examples of success stories. Click “Continue reading” below to watch the video.

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Mar 312015

As always CHIRP’s latest Maritime Feedback, provides a rich crop of incidents, hazardous conditions and poor practice that haven’t yet caused a accident but which could if left unreported and unresolved. Over the years MAC has become well aware that major accidents are often long preceded by small, unreported events and conditions that no-one thought very important, often a symptom of larger safety issues.

MAC does have to declare an interest – he is on of 15 Ambassadors for the CHIRP/NI MARS Joint reporting programme despite the risk that reporting appropriate cases to CHIRP may reduce the number of accidents we have to report.

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Apr 122010

imageA can of linseed oil mistaken for varnish remover mixed with rags in a wheelie bin on deck led to a spontaneous combustion and the destruction of seven out of eight garbage bins, reprts the latest issue of Feedback from the Confidential Hazardous Incident Reporting Programme.

MA commends the shipping company concerned for its willingness to share the lessons learned. More companies should do so.

Says the report: “In the early hours of the morning, a fire broke out on the open poop deck of a merchant ship.

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