If Security Safety Centre in Hobøl
In Norway, the If Security Safety Centre in Hobøl offers courses in fire protection and fire prevention work. Among other things, the centre has courses in hot work as well as smoke-diving and is built adapted for injury loss prevention, learning and training. Our instructors have extensive experience and background and train some 3,500 course participants through valuable and exciting course days.
According to Anders Rørvik Ellingbø, Head of Property Risk Management Services, Norway, “We built and started the If Safety Centre many years ago in order to provide a service to our clients. The aim was to help them improve their loss prevention activities and awareness of fire hazards.
Over the years the centre has been used for everything from summits, client meetings, filmmaking, training facilities for public and client fire brigades and not least training for If clients and others.”
August Ramsay Foundation
The August Ramsay Foundation promotes loss prevention in companies insured by If P& C Insurance Ltd (publ), branch in Finland, as well as raises awareness about practical and theoretical research within risk management, loss prevention and insurance. The Foundation was established in 1929 to honour
Mr August Ramsay, the first managing director of one of the predecessors of the Mutual Company Industrial Insurance.
To achieve its purpose the Foundation grants awards to persons and communities in Finland that have been taking part in the loss prevention work, e.g. saving property and lives through excellent performance during fire incidents, for example.
Graduate studies with a focus on property, business interruption and personnel safety commonly receive scholarships to support research and development, which have practical implications for loss prevention.
People at the heart of the task
At the centre of any task is the person executing it. Often, companies rely on their employees to alert supervisors of any safety concerns or issues, potential hazards that exist, for example, either in the work environment, the tools that are utilised or in the processes involved.
Despite careful planning, investments made into safer equipment and systems, one risk factor remains, the human conducting the task. Essentially, people must be able to identify hazards and risks they face in their work. More importantly, these issues need to be reported to supervisors and be thoroughly evaluated and removed.
Companies can work to manage preventable risks, such as mishandling sensitive information, through internal processes, guidelines and rules. These risks are tackled through active prevention, codes of conduct and monitoring of daily operations.
Rule-based risk management is not always the solution, so how can people locate the potential hazard areas and be prepared for nonpreventable accidents? As an example, external risks, such as a spreading pandemic, are difficult to prepare for.