Top 5 Safetips from 2016
A total of 50 Safetips were published in 2016. In this post, we highlight the top five that deserve a second look, based on reactions from readers and Social Media, or because they are about a particularly important topic that received great attention from industry. Click on the image to get to the Safetip that you would like to read in more detail.
Inspections help to prevent incidents through the critical examination of workplaces, the identification of workplace hazards (biological, chemical, ergonomic, physical), and corrective actions that result from inspection findings. To make workplace inspections as effective as possible, it’s good to establish and abide by a set of basic principles. This Safetip includes a list of such principles that organizations can adopt.
Contractor safety was a topic of many Safetips because the safety performance of contractors influences the safety performance of contracting employers. Many leading companies evaluate the risk of the work to be performed by contractors. Contractors are then placed in a predetermined risk category, and each risk category may require contractors to take additional steps regarding their safety procedures and programs.
The topic of leading indicators is a very popular one among safety professionals, which is why it was prominently featured in many Safetips. Leading indicators help to determine if an organization is on a path of continuous improvement, and whether it is being proactive in safety to prevent future incidents. Lagging indicators, which measure what has already happened, can be used to evaluate leading indicators. It’s helpful to compare leading indicators to lagging indicators to determine their effectiveness, and see whether they’re driving the right behavior and improving safety.
Staying with the topic of leading indicators, near miss reporting is a great leading indicator for many reasons. First, a near miss reporting program can be launched within a reasonable amount of time and effort. Second, near misses can help to identify hazards that can create risks for accidents. And finally, near miss reporting is already used as a leading indicator by a large number of organizations.
Factors that contributed to an incident must be determined during an investigation. But organizations should go beyond the minimum investigation required and conduct a root cause analysis, which helps to identify underlying or systemic causes of an incident, rather than generalized or immediate ones. By addressing root causes identified during a root cause analysis, organizations are better able to prevent similar incidents in the future.
The next Safetip will be published on Wednesday January 4, 2017. Until then, Happy Holidays!
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