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Plans are nothing …

Emergency Planning for facilities is not straightforward.

The “bog standard” linear, risk-based approach is a good start but context often brings complexities which require nuance. Layer over that the social and political dimensions (internal and external) and you start to explore the mire. Difficult questions arise – from the commitment of organisations to adequately resource an effort which brings no visible $ return through to stressful times where ‘in extremis’ you are caught between the devil and the deep blue sea of recommending the promulgated view of run, hide, call (hopefully buying time for responders to come) – or do you allow scope for the emerging trend of ‘fighting back’?

No easy answers. However, there are three straightforward questions which will kickstart your conversations.

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Standards are fine – unless they “bind”

The international standard for risk management, ISO 31000, provides principles and guidelines. When this standard is used as a heuristic device it can aid creative thinking. Heuristic devices can open up problems and opportunities however they are “double-edged swords” – something that can have both favourable or unfavourable consequences. The Standard is not a checklist. You cannot be certified against it. If it is applied in a narrow manner, instead of being a way of seeing it can become a way of not seeing. Putting you at risk. .

A tale of fiascos and dilemmas – lessons from Bangladesh garment factories

Where there is inadequate management of risk during the implementation of a project the very outcome being sought is often compromised.

That is now the case with the Accord on Fire and Building Safety which was a welcome initiative following the tragic deaths of five years ago.
The Government has “found itself” short on factories to standard – and short on inspectorate capability to build capacity and assure compliance. Combined with an economy where 80% of exports are from the rag trade, it has chosen to put pressure on the very body it needs to get things right.
Instead of a solution, they have created a problem. And compounding that, it was a foreseeable problem. How this plays out over the next few weeks will be very interesting – and hopefully, not tragic. If you are looking for a challenge then consider applying for the position below which was advertised today.
Getting the resolution of this dilemma right will require rigour and sensitivity, balance and good risk management. If that does not happen, the compromises will fall hard – on everyone.