Why High-Reliability Discipline is Key to Reducing Catastrophic Incidents

What is a catastrophic incident?
What is catastrophic exposure?
How are both linked in high-risk industries where workers, the environment, and the community are most at risk?
Catastrophic incidents like fires, explosions, derailments, spills, releases, food contamination, etc. not only have a devastating impact on those impacted, but also put a stain on the company involved associated with the incident. Almost all business sectors that are susceptible to having a catastrophic incident, especially if we modify the definition to include incidents that have catastrophic impact to an individual.
DEKRA’s latest white paper, “Why High-Reliability Discipline is Key to Reducing Catastrophic Incidents,” shows how industries like Manufacturing, Utilities, and Oil and Gas are at high-risk for catastrophic incidents. These are incidents that result in life-altering outcomes to an individual or groups, severe impacts to the environment, and deadly impacts to public health. The key to success is a strong focus on reducing and eliminating the number of catastrophic exposures.
In this paper, DEKRA outlines the five disciplines of High-Reliability Organizations (HROs). All five help an organization anticipate catastrophic exposure by implementing high-quality decision making and controls.
The white paper, “Why High-Reliability Discipline is Key to Reducing Catastrophic Incidents,” explores:
  • What is catastrophic exposure and how does it impact a catastrophic incident?
  • Why are the manufacturing, utilities, and oil and gas industries considered high-risk and what ultimately makes them prone to catastrophic incidents?
  • What are the five disciplines that help reduce the potential for a catastrophic incident at an organization?
  • What is the goal of high reliability safety and what can organization do to understand whether their climate, culture, leadership, and systems are aligned with developing a high reliability organization?
  • What are the seven factors leading to exposure?
  • Finally, what is the DEKRA Exposure Reduction Model (DERM) and how does it help people make, not just make good decisions, but to want to make good decisions?