In shipping, when asked about what terms they associate with safety, people will, more often than not, mention words such as accidents, lifeboats, life vests and survival gear. These associations are strongly connected with what is needed when an emergency situation happens. However, all these words have a reactive rather than proactive connotation.
To us Marine Risk Management is all about the way we are thinking and preventive thinking should be the natural state of mind. A simple example is if the weather cast says it will rain tomorrow and you automatically bring your umbrella to be sure you won't get wet if/when it starts to rain. This preparedness should be the natural state of mind whoever it is that is boarding your vessel and whatever responsibility that person has. It should come natural to all of us to think ahead, be aware and mend in time if needed.