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Captain Daniel Alcantara
Head of HSSE and Solution Delivery

Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF) ~ A framework to integrate Human Factors into management systems

The Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF) recently released a new information paper providing a framework to integrate Human Factors into management systems.

On its release, OCIMF Managing Director Rob Drysdale said: “Human Factors is a key enabler to further reduce safety, environment, security and health impacts within our industry. That means that it has to be part of any management system. However, it takes time for companies to become familiar with the concepts and understand how to apply them practically. Publishing this information paper will provide companies an opportunity to trial the ideas and provide feedback to OCIMF on potential improvements. The intention is to eventually integrate a Human Factors element into our suite of Management Self Assessments and we very much encourage feedback from users.”

This “Human Factors: Management and Self Assessment” aims to help companies and leadership teams address the conditions and systems that influence human actions and decisions, and so promote safety and excellence across all operations. It is available here.


OCIMF has defined five focus areas of tanker operations where human factors play the most significant role. SOL-X SOL-X solution combining with our smartwatch can materially improve your TMSA rating through the Human Factor Framework, mapping with the TMSA Elements:


Human Factors focus areas:


1) The role of leadership in defining the culture

–      Single system of fleet records together with near real time line of sight will unlock leading indicators enabling a robust strategic plan by continual improvements in HSSE performance.

–      The use of our intrinsically safe smartwatch together with our solution, can provide near real time feedback loop to meaningfully measure outcomes like corporate wellness programs.

–      Analytics: Safety culture has been identified as one of the main focuses, to improve safety in organizational settings with “people” being the most influential drivers. Safety culture is an important organizational pillar with legitimate reasons for capping the level of safety it offers to its workforce. This gives us more reasons to manage organization’s Safety Roadmap with timely insights and pivot quickly to changing situations and environments.


2) Well-executed tasks and procedures

–      Improved compliance through integrated Permits To Work (PTW) system.

–      Digital PTWs enable reporting, analysis, and benchmarking to improve operational effectiveness.

–      Near real time crew work hours information can optimize daily workload and manage fatigue.


3) Well-designed equipment and controls

–      Permits, Risk Assessments and Isolation Barrier have been streamlined with step-by-step workflows.

–      Dashboards show near real time permit status, crew’s location, PTW status they are involved in and if there is any crew in distress or facing potential risk.


4) Skills to respond to emerging situations

–      Enables automatic time and location stamps on PTWS to ensure the crew is on site at the proper time conducting their DRAs and safety inspections before formal PTW sign offs.

–      Through the dashboard, Master will have immediate visibility of all his crew members.

–      Our smartwatch together with the dashboard provides GeoFencing capabilities to manage unauthorized personnel within a certain zone. It also provides visibility to Watch Officer on the overview of the work and danger zones like mooring activities on the vessel. Upon receiving alerts from the smartwatch, crew can also take pre-emptive actions when they are entering a work or danger zone.


5) Learning before and after things go wrong

–      Anonymous GDPR ready data generated from our solution can provide quantitative and qualitative information. This helps in ensuring that the investigation outcomes are broader, credible, improving the corrective actions to be taken.

–       SOL-X can be used to address matters like “Review of work and rest hours”, “Review of relevant PTW records or forms”, “Crew wellness data” etc.

We will be coming up with a white paper soon so stay tune!


Captain Daniel Alcantara
Head of HSSE and Solution Delivery

30Y+ experience in leadership positions with NOL and AET Ship Management Head of Documents & Systems, Marine Superintendent & HSSEQ Master COC, Class 1


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