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Situational Awareness - do you really know what's happening?

  • Do - Always look out for problems.

  • Do - Make sure procedures, risk assessments and checklists etc are up to date.

  • Do - Plan effectively.

  • Do - Know what to do before you start a task.

  • Do - Ask for input from your team members.

  • Do - Advise and help the team.

  • Do - Communicate effectively.

  • Do - Value input from others.

  • Do - If you notice a problem speak up - Now.

  • Don't - assume everything is OK.

  • Don't - put someone in a position beyond their capability.

  • Don't - carry on regardless.

  • Don't - ignore the problem.

  • Don't - assume someone else's intentions

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Alerting - do you really speak up when you should?

  • Do - if you see a problem alert the appropriate team member.

  • Do - be assertive.

  • Do - if you are alerted to an issue acknowledge it and act upon it effectively.

  • Don't - be afraid to speak up - it can save lives.

  • Don't - ignore a problem - it will only get worse.

  • Don't - let someone ignore you - if your first alert is ignored then repeat it.

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Communication - do you really understand each other?

  • Do - use closed loop communication.

  • Do - use simple words and phrases where possible.

  • Do - repeat the most important parts of a message.

  • Do - if in doubt ask for confirmation.

  • Do - take care with pronunciation.

  • Do - work closely with colleagues to understand each other's cultures, taboos etc.

  • Do - if someone looks puzzled or offended, discuss the issues with them and explain what you meant and ask why it puzzled or offended them.

  • Don't - assume a message is properly understood - check.

  • Don't - use slang or colloquialisms.

  • Don't - assume something you found rude or offensive was intended - it could be acceptable in another culture.

  • Don't - assume something that is acceptable in your culture is acceptable in your culture will automatically be acceptable in another

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Complacency - is everything really OK?

  • Do - update your situational awareness.

  • Do - get regular input from your team.

  • Do - give / receive an effective briefing at handover.

  • Do - expect to find problems - actively look out for them.

  • Do - use checklists effectively.

  • Do - get help if you don't understand a situation.

  • Don't - assume everything is OK.

  • Don't - ignore problems

  • Don't - expect something to be OK just because it has always been in the past.

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Culture - do you really have a good safety culture?

  • Do - constantly look out for safety problems.

  • Do - report any safety issues.

  • Do - think safety at all times.

  • Do - encourage safe behaviour in others.

  • Don't - assume everything is OK.

  • Don't - ignore or hide near misses.

  • Don't - ignore other people's unsafe behaviour.

  • Don't - believe safety is someone else's problem.

  • Don't - put safety off to a later date.

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Local Practices- efficiency or dangerous short cuts?

  • Do - follow correct procedures.

  • Do - report difficulties and problems with procedures.

  • Do - question the effectiveness of procedures.

  • Don't - take short cuts.

  • Don't - ignore problems and difficulties.

  • Don't - take risks by using unsuitable work practices or tools.

  • Don't - accept others breaking rules.

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Teamwork - do you work really well together?

  • Do - alert team members to potential problems.

  • Do - help team members.

  • Do - discuss issues with team members.

  • Do - work with colleagues to overcome language or other communication difficulties.

  • Do - be inclusive - encourage everyone to participate in all shipboard activities.

  • Don't - assume everyone will act or behave in the same way.

  • Don't - assume everyone has the same skill and knowledge.

  • Don't - ignore problems.

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Capability - is your crew really capable?

  • Do - ask for guidance if you are unsure.

  • Do - help each other.

  • Do - check evidence of competence and qualifications.

  • Don't - put people in roles beyond their competence.

  • Don't - claim you can do more than you really can.

  • Don't - assume people's level of competence.

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Pressure - busy or dangerously overloaded?

  • Do - always be alert to workload pressures.

  • Do - speak up if you are overloaded.

  • Do - ensure you have the necessary resources to complete a task properly before beginning.

  • Do - ask for help if required.

  • Don't - assume that people are coping with their workload effectively.

  • Don't - take unnecessary short cuts to catch up on work.

  • Don't - struggle on regardless.

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Distractions - multi-tasking or dangerously distracted?

  • Do - declare a red zone whilst under pilotage.

  • Do - only allow essential communications in the red zone.

  • Do - use checklists effectively to monitor progress.

  • Do - if distracted during a task go back 2 steps in the procedure before restarting.

  • Do - if you notice someone being distracted alert them.

  • Do - keep focussed on the main task.

  • Do - deal with non- essential distractions later.

  • Do - be assertive.

  • Don't - allow unnecessary interruptions.

  • Don't - be afraid to be assertive in dealing with a distraction.

  • Don't - distract someone performing a safety critical task.

  • Don't - allow minor issues to distract you from the main task.

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Fatigue - just tired or dangerously fatigued?

  • Do - look out for the effects of fatigue.

  • Do - speak up about fatigue.

  • Don't - accept fatigue as a way of life - it's dangerous.

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Fit for duty - are you really fit to carry out your duties safely?

  • Do - seek medical attention if you feel unwell or are injured.

  • Do - report sick if you are not well enough to work safely.

  • Do - seek help if you have personal problems.

  • Do - help your colleagues who are experiencing problems.

  • Don't - consume alcohol before work or during work periods.

  • Don't - report for duty if under the influence of alcohol.

  • Don't - take illegal drugs.

  • Don't - try to hide the effects of degraded fitness for duty.

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