HSE Management Maturity Assessments


“What gets measured, gets done”…it’s hard to argue with this famous quote, but do we always need an in-depth audit or a series of KPIs? Measuring system maturity is a novel way of assessing HSE performance and benchmarking achievements across organisations and time. Our team has successfully applied system maturity assessments with our clients over many years.

Detailed Offering

What is a Maturity Assessment?

Maturity assessments can vary, but they are typically transparent, high level and easy to use assessment of the effectiveness of any given management system. It is not a detailed audit, nor a checklist based review but is a focussed diagnosis of the salient aspects which enable a system to deliver what you require. It enables management to benchmark between operations, time and geography, while at the same time providing an overview of the strengths and exposures from systems.

So what’s different about Maturity Assessments?

Maturity assessments give you freedom of choice; they are not compliance audits, so they enable measurement of what is important to you at the time it is important to you. The assessment focusses on the core systematics that are critical to the effective delivery of management system requirements. Its important to define what you need to measure in order to give you the information you require. Remember to measure what you value (rather than just valuing what you measure).

…and this is the clever bit!

We begin the process by grouping the system requirements into agreed maturity levels (e.g. 'nothing in place' 'to comprehensive business driver'). The number of metrics defined should be as few is it takes to determine the maturity of the key issues, and no fewer. Or, to put is another way, as many is it takes but no more. Typically, the salient aspects of a management system element can be captured on one page, containing no more than 15 metrics.

OK…so what does this tell us?

We typically want to know:

  • Where we are strong?
  • Where are the gaps? Are we exposed?
  • Is someone doing it better?
  • Where do we lead?
  • Where are we going?

Risk Dimensions can then present the findings simply and succinctly using applications such as spider diagrams, river diagrams, pie chart, etc.