7 Steps to Transforming Safety in Your Organization

February 7, 2017 By

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Today’s post explores 7 steps to transforming safety in your organization.

When organizations elevate safety to a core organizational tenet, the first step must be to create tangible performance metrics. Since the 1990’s, the proliferation of EH&S management systems has dramatically helped manufacturers focus on measurement techniques and tools. Unfortunately, the vast majority of safety initiatives are based on lagging metrics, such as fatalities or incident rates. Increasingly, the creation of safety regulations are constructed out of leading indicators that look to prevent incidents from arising in the first place.

Step 1: Build from the Beginning

Incorporate leading metrics into the continuous improvement process at the start. Action plans can be formulated easily if leading metrics are created on the basis of safety-related actions, as opposed to collecting data on multiple metrics that is later tied to a specific activity.

Step 2: Make it actionable

Leading indicators should be made with the idea of being executable. More specifically, they should be able to identify and implement steps that work towards reducing or eliminating risk.

Step 3: Know when to lead and when to lag

There’s no doubt the strength in using leading indicators as metrics to evaluate safety performance. Still, they have their limitations, especially when misapplied or misused. The mistake organizations can fall into is choosing measurements subjectively that are unrelated to the actual cause of the safety issue.

Step 4: Prepare for safety before the fact

Before a task, have a “pre-job” safety meeting. Weigh the presence and frequency of these meetings in overall safety performance of an organization.

Step 5: Create best practices from adverse events

The most important part of a safety program is to have corrective actions to prevent the event from occurring again. Track the time and effectiveness to which these best practices are created and implemented.

Step 6: Fully commit to the process

Fully commit to the process. A successful implementation of an effective PLM system requires buy-in from top management to the bottom associates.

Step 7: Keep everyone on the same page

Communication across R&D groups, third party vendors, and manufacturing will ensure successful product deployment.

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