Previous papers given to SPE conferences have described the Shell Group approach to Safety Management Systems and to Safety Cases. Their extension to HSE MS and to HSE Cases has also been addressed. Since 1984 the Enhanced Safety Management (ESM) programme within Shell companies has led to a significant improvement in the management of safety but it was only when structured management systems (based upon an understanding of the business processes) were introduced that true integration of HSE as a line responsibility became a reality. This paper describes the THESIS software package and the way that management systems have been made 'live' and how workforce involvemerU can be demonstrated.

The paper starts with the premise that "...work should not start before it is confirmed that essential safety systems are in place and that staff are accountable for this requirement. Where we cannot ensure safety, then operations should be suspended...".Line management needed a way of making this a real part of the job and of providing workplace personnel with an essential understanding of the risks that they face.

In Jakarta we stated that "Many of the early Safety Cases reviewed failed to provide a clear message that the operation's safety management system has benefited from the assessments made in preparing a Safety Case. They were regarded as paper exercises and a sterile documentation of what had been done, often by engineers or consultants. Without some form of 'energising' the system becomes just another book on the shelf. Since Jakarta we have been completing wotk on relational database software aimed at changing the Safety Case from being a paper document to a software based 'System' from which on-line reports can be extracted that add value to those managing the risk of the business. Changes to the electronic document can be readily undertaken and whilst still not painless the development and updating of a Safety or HSE Case is now much reduced in terms of time and effort enabling it to remain alive.

With the critical HSE activities and tasks specified and related hazards and effects identified and linked via a relational database, it is possible and realistic to provide to the workplace clear reports that describe the necessary controls in terms of the tasks that actually provide those controls.

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