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A Refresh of CII’s Zero Accident Techniques (ZAT)

Objective and Questions

The primary question for the research team is:
  • What new implementation practices have emerged in the last 20 to 30 years that should be incorporated into CII ZAT documentation? These may include CII and non-CII research and industry practices. For instance, these new practices may include behavior-based safety observations, life-saving actions, last-minute risk assessment, human performance principles, risk tolerance testing, and short-term service worker/mentor programs to name a few.
Other questions include:
  • What new techniques should be added to CII’s ZAT? Which techniques can be merged, changed, or removed (potentially including learnings and sensitivity to planning for different locations and cultures)?
  • How effectively are organizations applying ZAT techniques?
    • What differentiated the best performers? Which ZATs have variation in adoption and performance?
The primary objective of this research project is to identify new safety practices that should be incorporated into the CII ZAT documentation and create a new single document with the recommendations for the revised ZAT Best Practice. Secondary objectives may include:
  • Assess the implementation level of the proposed set of practices.
  • Provide guidance for the implementation of relevant new practices. This is particularly important for practices that may not be widely implemented or that do not have a body of knowledge for their implementation. The team is also encouraged to provide examples of “best-in-class” adoption of the new ZATs.
  • Provide recommendations for the update of CII’s safety educational module (EM-160).

Expected Outcomes

The main outcome of this project will be a single document with the CII ZAT practice, which should include the consolidated and updated (new and revised) ZAT practices.

Expected (Business) Value for CII Members

Safety continues to be a priority for CII and this research project would provide a needed update of safety research and practice. The outcomes of the project are expected to improve the implementation of safety practices and reduce the number of incidents in the delivery of projects going forward.



Todd Dinesen, Matrix Service Company

Vice Chair

Jacee Wood, Anheuser-Busch InBev


Mohd Naz Khanaz Abd Rahman, Petronas

Roxana Bastani, Wood

Peter Day, Consolidated Edison Company of New York

Mike Farrell, Ontario Power Generation

Tim Gattie, Oracle USA, Inc.

Kevin Kerik, NOVA Chemicals Corporation

Vincent Kline, Architect of the Capitol

Tim Lyons, Deloitte

Marvin McLain, The Procter & Gamble Company

Scott Moser, Dematic

Michael Muggeo, Consolidated Edison Company of New York

Adam Nelson, Fluor Corporation

Axel Pargas, Air Products

John Pyle, Bechtel Group, Inc.

Sonia Reis, The Procter & Gamble Company

Victor Saavedra, PTAG, Inc.

Matt Sanchez, Los Alamos National Laboratory

Wayne Standing, ExxonMobil Corporation

Mohamad Sulaiman, Petronas

Ray Winklestine, Baker Construction Enterprises


Vineeth Dharmapalan, California Polytechnic State University

John Gambatese, Oregon State University

Chuma Nnaji, Texas A&M University


Emmanuel Njemanze, Oregon State University

Launched 2023