NINA At Work - Number 3 / 2018


Already in the first weeks of their programme our trainees are introduced to NINA. How do they view the safety programme? What are their experiences in practice? And how do they see their own role in it?


Nol van Loon (25), dredging operations
“What strikes me in the NINA training is that it´s about one´s responsibility and starting a conversation. That is what I see in practice as well. When I was working on the JNPT project in Mumbai, we started every meeting with NINA. Initially I thought ‘why would you begin with safety when there are so many other important issues?’ But I quickly found out that it’s not just for show and that everyone shares what has happened.”


Patrick Bollen (25), dredging operations
“I liked the NINA training because it starts a discussion. However, what you see in practice is not always how things should be done. Not everyone has the same view. I experienced that several times, for instance with wearing PPE. At first, I never said anything about it to anyone, as it made me feel uncomfortable. In the daily safety meetings all sorts of minor issues are discussed; that is a good thing I think, as they determine everyday practices.”


Gijs Heida (25), dredging operations
“The NINA values sound very logical but it’s good to pay attention to them. For larger jobs there are procedures, but not for smaller ones that seem simpler. So then it is important to discuss it together, see the risks and take your responsibility. I find it easier to address subcontractors about their behaviour than a colleague with lots of experience. Although I do notice that people appreciate it if you raise something, as a trainee I am a little cautious.”


Syward van Wijnbergen (28), offshore energy operations
“My experience with safety trainings was that they were mainly about explaining rules, which made you dose off rather quickly. With the NINA training, they present a case, you are asked to choose one side and you talk about it with each other. There is no right or wrong: it’s about creating awareness, so it’s completely different. The training also enabled me to explain to others, for instance clients, what NINA stands for.”


Niels Gerlofs (25), offshore energy operations
“Because everyone within the organisation knows the NINA values, it’s easy to talk about it. But how do you start such a conversation? And how can you make sure that your feedback is received positively? This was not part of the training and I find it quite difficult. I try to be tactical and ask open questions. If I’m not sure if something is dangerous I ask my supervisor. For example, during a docking we had to hoist down a screw.”


Tom de Silva (24), offshore energy operations
“All NINA values begin with ‘I’. This means that you yourself take the initiative. For example, addressing other people. Personally, I have no problem with that. I try to keep it light-hearted and amiable because you don’t want to slam any doors, do you? An open atmosphere is very important. If the atmosphere is tense, work is much harder, as people tend to pay so much attention to side issues that they lose sight of the main issues.”