Kitcher Risk Solutions works with clients in high-hazard industries including rail to support strategic risk-based decision-making and the delivery of safe outcomes.
Kitcher Risk Solutions specialises in strategic risk, safety management systems (SMS) and railway employee performance advisory services.
The company offers its expertise for system reviews, policy and SMS development, emergency response, culture change and safety assurance. It also helps businesses to achieve rail safety accreditation and Authorised Engineering Organisations (AEO) approval.
As an experienced senior executive in large and complex organisations, our principal Clare Kitcher understands the importance of good governance and effective, executive decision-making in major projects especially when it comes to risk management systems and the control of material project risks.
Kitcher Risk Solutions
Kitcher Risk Solutions has expertise in:
- Railway safety management systems
- Systems engineering and system safety
- Risk management, risk based decision making and risk assessment
- Rail safety worker competence and fitness
- Occupational Health and Safety
- Alcohol and drugs management and testing
Safety management systems policy, procedures and performance
Kitcher Risk Solutions reviews clients’ current management systems against national and international industry standards and other good practices, provides expert advice on strengths and weaknesses, and recommends improvements.
New SMS structures are supplied, creating procedures, policies and other documentation to ensure a fully compliant and easy-to-maintain SMS that fits a client’s business ethos.
Risk management and risk-based decision-making
Partnering with executive management teams and boards, Kitcher Risk Solutions builds mature, enterprise-wide risk management programmes. These give consistent high-level risk information across the whole enterprise, enabling and facilitating truly risk-based decision-making and a deep understanding of the critical controls relied on to treat risks.
We can evaluate risk across a broad range of business areas, supporting the establishment of appropriate risk frameworks and the integration of operational risk silos.
Depending on client needs, Kitcher Risk Solutions can then implement new programmes, framework documents, standards, procedures and templates that provide optimal policy structures for controlling risks.
System Safety and Systems Engineering
Kitcher Risk Solutions can assist with establishing governance structures and embedding system safety into your project. We can apply both systems engineering and risk management principles to optimise safety in major asset or technology projects as well as supporting the provision of a documented argument, with evidence, demonstrating the safety of the system.
Good system safety needs people who understand system engineering principles and have proven experience with critical safety systems on complex engineering projects. These are the skills that Kitcher Risk Solutions can bring to your project.
Fast-track Authorised Engineering Organisation (AEO) approval
Kitcher Risk Solutions helps clients to achieve AEO authorisation in NSW, regardless of the stage they have reached in the Asset Standards Authority (ASA) process.
The company provides professional advice and support for self-assessment, evidence preparation and liaising with ASA. It assesses clients’ readiness for ASA evaluation, provides guidance to optimise their scope of services, and eliminates any problems with their systems.
For existing AEOs we provide strategic advice on engaging with the ASA and the AEO community to increase your organisation’s influence on the NSW standards and systems requirements and could give greater insight into transport priorities.
Rail safety accreditation and private siding registration
Kitcher Risk Solutions assists clients when demonstrating their competence and capacity to manage railway operation safety risks to the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator (ONRSR).
The company can assess preparedness for ONRSR evaluation and resolve any existing issues with systems.
Expertise is offered for railway SMS systems, competence and fitness, emergency and security management, and interface agreements.
Railway employee performance optimisation
Kitcher Risk Solutions strengthens the effectiveness of railway employees by offering programme reviews and advice on current international good practice.
We provide consultancy services for a wide range of areas, including medical criteria, drugs and alcohol, health promotion, and culture.
Kitcher Risk Solutions identifies and recognises appropriate skills and proficiency, as well as offering training analysis, competency matrices, training solutions, assessment methodology and tools.
‘Fair’ and ‘Just Culture’ frameworks and toolkits are also provided to promote value-driven behaviours and an organisational safety culture for employees.
Disaster and accident response or government inquiry
Kitcher helps clients respond to significant accidents, environmental breaches, regulatory interventions, audits or government inquiries.
The company collates clients’ numerous controls, investigation / audit recommendations, and corrective action plans. It then establishes achievable objectives to secure optimal benefits, within organisational financial capacity, human capabilities and a sensible timeframe.
Robust monitoring processes are then created to ensure successful responses and speed-up project / action plans.
Operating model reforms to save resources, improve efficiency and productivity
Kitcher Risk Solutions designs functional and organisational structures to save resources and enhance operations.
Projects may align or integrate operational practices, risk silos and cultures, including after a merger or acquisition.
The company can remodel role profiles, implement competency and training strategies, as well as redesign management systems, policies and processes to support new operating models.
Kitcher Risk Solutions offers assistance with stakeholder buy-in, staff consultation and new operating models.
Kitcher Risk Solutions provides reviews and advice services that can strengthen the effectiveness of drug and alcohol policies, as well as drug and alcohol testing, education and rehabilitation programs.
Kitcher Risk Solutions is able to help clients begin 2018 with a plan of action that's carefully tailored their individual rail safety and risk management requirements, saving valuable time and money in selecting the right systems for their business activities.
The Best Risk Management Consultancy Award announced today gives Kitcher Risk Solutions its second accolade of 2017. This success adds to winning the Railway Employee Performance Consultant of the Year award in February.
After three years of service provision to the Australian, European and North American rail market Kitcher Risk Solutions is extending its service offering to rail operator and engineering services provider customers.