Now government inspections are mostly about snapshots, argues Arjan van Dijk, program director of Safety Delta Netherlands. 'But you don't want a picture of safety but actually a whole movie.' Read the entire interview with him soon in Industrielinqs Magazine.

With technical innovations, it is becoming increasingly possible to continuously monitor the integrity of installations and work processes. A more transparent cooperation between regulator and industry can provide better and more reliable information that a company is really managing safety risks well, according to Van Dijk. "We therefore really need to get rid of the distrust between government and industry.

Good wait chiefs
Moreover, he sees several innovations where the smart analysis of data could actually predict and thus prevent unsafe situations. He does not find the argument of some companies that they cannot share this kind of "competition-sensitive" data very strong. Not at all in the area of safety. There was openness at Chemelot, for example, where the chemical company Anqore, together with experts from Brightsite, TNO and Sitech, were able to predict incidents on the basis of, among other things, watch reports - with artificial intelligence. Van Dijk: 'Good shift supervisors quickly notice when something is going on. That can be gleaned from operators' use of words. You can assign a certain value to words in shift reports. For example, some terms are used more often in the reports when a situation is not fully trusted. Such technical sentiment analysis has predictive power.

Safer industry
Analyzing data can therefore enhance safety in industry, Van Dijk stresses. 'Currently, more and more data is becoming available, but there are fewer people to do something with it. And if innovations work at Chemelot, they can also work at other locations. Above all, we must exchange methodologies with each other, in order to achieve a safer Dutch industry.'

Arjan van Dijk is one of the speakers at Maintenance Next, April 18 -20 in Rotterdam Ahoy.