New: Riskonet is coming to Africa
Riskonet is entering a new market: Africa! From their offices in Johannesburg and Mauritius, Chris Brits and his team will be providing risk management advisory services to Riskonet clients throughout Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands. “Awareness of risk management is increasing on the continent, and the Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMME) sector is a rapidly growing market in Southern Africa,” says Chris.
‘Risk professional’ register important for development of profession
“Good for the professional group, insurers and customers”
A new approach has now been adopted in the Netherlands for the registration of ‘risk professionals’ and ‘risk engineers’. This new development ensures that higher quality demands are made on the target group and offers clarity regarding education and experience requirements. Riskonet was closely involved in the establishment of the register. The Dutch Association of insurers is pleased with this boost to quality and quality control, which may possibly offer a format for other countries.
Gerrit Vink about business impact analysis and scenario planning
How unexpected dependencies can be fatal
Entrepreneurs generally have a good idea of the direct and indirect consequences that a fire or other incident could have on business continuity. And yet, a business impact analysis can sometimes provide unwelcome surprises and unexpected dependencies, says Gerrit Vink, Senior Consultant at Riskonet.
EXPOSED AND UNPROTECTED
Many businesses are not aware of just how exposed and unprotected they are in relation to business interruption (BI) risk, says Caroline Woolley of Risk and Forensics. They may think they can turn to their insurance or stakeholder contracts for help. However, often traditional BI insurance policies offer only restricted cover for loss of business following damage to physical assets. The events faced and the causes of interruption have no such restrictions.
Certifying sprinkler systems: Poland merits particular attention
The quality of sprinkler systems varies widely in Europe. This is largely due to the many different ways of standardisation, certification and inspection. For instance, in Poland there is no official requirement for certification of installations and inspections, but there is a strong expectation within the community that something has to change about this in the long term. An experts’ meeting held at the Dutch embassy may be a source of inspiration.
Riskonet’s Özlem Emgen contributes to NFPA Conference in Las Vegas
Özlem Emgen, Riskonet’s partner in Turkey, played a role recently during the world conference for the National Fire Protection Association in Las Vegas, where she participated in a forum during one of the special event sessions. What was the topic and what did she have to share with the thousands of other conference participants? We asked Özlem about her experience.
Oryzont (Spain) partners with Riskonet
Offering risk management in a maturing market
In its efforts to serve customers globally, Riskonet has partnered with a young risk management consultancy firm in Spain: Oryzont Risk Advisors. The company, headquartered in Toledo, offers the services of risk engineering professionals with a strong background in fire safety and Enterprise Risk Management (Risk Mapping and BCP). Eduardo Valdizán, CEO and founder of Oryzont, explains about the need for risk management in Spain and how his team is supporting both insurance companies and enterprises.
More accidents just waiting to happen?
A recent catastrophe in a shopping centre in Russia cost 64 people their lives. In 2012, 19 people died in a fiery inferno at The Villagio Mall in Doha, Qatar. “The question is where on earth the next accidents ‘just waiting to happen’ will take place”, desperately wonders Riskonet’s Ron de Bruijn – and a number of Riskonet experts with him.
Seminar: major changes in NFPA 13 in the making
There are major changes in the making to the NFPA fire safety standards. The NFPA standard 13, for instance, is being completely revised. For all those who work with this standard professionally, keeping up is a must, says Tom de Nooij, Managing Partner at Riskonet. De Nooij, also a Senior Instructor at NFPA, is therefore convinced that the NFPA seminar from 15 to 19 October in Rotterdam is an “opportunity not to be missed to catch up in detail on all the changes in a relatively short period of time”. Tom explains why in this blog.
“Protect yourself against the risks of 3D printing”
3D printing allows anyone to become an entrepreneur. Put your printed product online and before you know it, you have a flourishing business. Import companies are also becoming producers as they can now print products for themselves. However, what if your product is defective? “Few people realise that they are liable. You can and should protect yourself against these kinds of risks,” said risk and innovation consultant Peter Hartman from RiskFit Innovation.