Matrix come second in Health & Safety Vision Award

Thursday, Dec 1, 2011

We're proud to have come second in the Health & Safety Vision Award at the Global Oil & Gas Health & Safety Summit 2011 in the Netherlands. We were pipped at the post by Leighton Welspun and other nominees included global giants Saipem.

Health and Safety Vision Award 2011

Here is our entry statement:

Matrix is the market leader in safety case software, providing systems to global operators in the oil and gas sector.

Matrix has ground breaking approach to safety cases. Their electronic safety case software brings safety cases to life, gets them ‘off the shelf’ and into day-to-day operations where they belong.

What’s different about it?

The traditional way of presenting a safety case is generally restricted to text, drawings and illustrations. Matrix’s electronic safety case is completely different and uses full multimedia including intelligent drawings, dynamic and narrated images, animations and videos plus links to the latest drawings and documents – all are available at the user’s fingertips.

How does it improve safety?

Greater clarity, understanding and better retention of safety information

If a 100 people read the same book and were asked to describe the leading character, they would all have a different picture in their minds of what he looked like. If they were shown a picture of him beforehand and of the surroundings where the events took place, they would all have known what he looked like and the context in which events occurred.

A safety case is no different. Information presented visually is clearer and easier to understand and is more interesting and ultimately more memorable. A good safety performance requires both management and the workforce to understand the hazards, controls and limitations involved. Greater clarity and understanding and a better level of retention of safety information will lead to improved safety.

Reduces misalignment and discontinuities in safety information

The quality of a safety case relies on the ability of its author(s) to combine a huge body of safety studies conducted by others during its preparation. It also relies on the integrity of supporting documents used in preparing the safety case, their currency at the time of writing and the alignment between them.

During safety case preparation, if source and supporting documents are read (and were written) separately there is a risk of misalignment and discontinuity in the ‘safety thread’. This situation is exacerbated when these documents are read over varying time periods and are subject to change.

An electronic safety case is read and used as a single seamless entity. When a reader clicks on a link to a supporting document, it opens instantly. Any significant misalignment and discontinuities between the statements made in the safety case and its supporting document(s) is immediately apparent. Even when the safety case is first written and alignment is good, changes to supporting documents over time will cause misalignment.

Transforms the safety case into a tool

More than just an electronic version of the written safety case, the use of technology transforms it into an integrated safety platform, making it:

  • a single, dynamic source of safety information on which operational decisions can be made
  • easily understood, clear, concise and accurate – it’s designed for the ultimate user not specialists
  • informative, communicative and current
  • easy to maintained and manage including changes
  • an essential training vehicle

For the first time ‘live’ information on safety case usage is available to management.