How reliance on resilient performance ‘hides’ or even contributes to system brittleness – Gitte Furdal Damm| LUND UNIVERSITY

Why is it needed?

In an industry where human factor accounts for the majority of accidents, resilient safety cultures prevent unpleasant and unexpected surprises. Researches on the psychological health of mariners suggest that mariners are at the highest risk of stress and associated mental health conditions for obvious reasons. Living conditions on a ship are affected by factors such as social exclusion, confinement in open spaces, and multiculturalism within the single organizational culture of a ship. Authoritative pressure, mental and physical workload, long work hours, unhealthy lifestyle, fatigue, and sleep deprivation add to their woes. Experts, therefore, suggest that resilience skill building in mariners can help in reducing the maritime accidents, which are primarily caused by the human factor.  (courtesy of bigyellowfish)



Leading IMCA members have come together to develop a Resilience Awareness Programme tailored to the marine contracting industry. A key attribute of a successful organisation is its ability to cope with challenging issues and to bounce back – its capacity to do so is largely dictated by the resilience of its people.

The six videos and accompanying guidance notes explain the main concepts of resilience. The programme is designed to be used by groups of employees, to help promote discussion and share thoughts, so that they become more resilient.

IMCA Resilience Awareness Programme – Introduction

IMCA Resilience Awareness Programme – Facilitator Package

Video Module 1 helps us to understand ways we can develop our resilience to help us stay safe.

Video Module 2 helps us make safer decisions by teaching us how to keep things in perspective.

Video Module 3 explores how to cope with change and prevent change having a negative impact on safety.

Video Module 4 looks at how taking care of ourselves will help us be safer by being more alert and sharper.

Video Module 5 looks at keeping ourselves safe by reminding us to always think things through before acting.

Video Module 6 provides a summary and recap of the previous modules with some further scenarios to discuss.