Where To Start A Safety Program

Starting An Effective Safety Program:

 In an earlier article,  “How To Start A Safety Program For Small to Medium Sized Business”,  Information on the basic start-up of such a program was given.  To further the first topic, This Article will identify issues that typically slow down or hinder progress in the  implementation, of new and older programs.

A Common Misconception About Safety Programs

It is not too uncommon for an instance to come about, where a goal is being slowed down or stalled. Why? Because one safety issue regarding safety equipment, was adopted by the Safety Committee, is stopping personnel from performing a task. What Occurs? Well, the project leader starts yelling and threatening, so one employee, being afraid of losing his/her job performs, that task without the equipment. If the employee gets hurt, he is terminated for not following policy. If he/she completes the task without loss or injury, then the project manager repeats his previous action until someone does get harmed.

Employees and Managers will probably agree, that when they discuss injuries and safety committees or programs, they believe that it is the program’s job to eliminate hazards and stop injuries. Well, that is some what true. In the perfect world of safety, that would be the case. However, we are not in a perfect world and due to the “human element, not being perfect, the program is not perfect. Therefore, it must be stated that a sound safety program is designed to reduce risks of loss or injury, to the smallest possible element, by reducing exposure to risks.

Operational Policy and Safety Policy Needs To Be Fluid

 

On their terms, Operational policy/ expediency and Safety are counter productive. Striking a “moderate middle ground” is all to often thought of as not obtainable.  Therefore Management and managers will disregard potential safety issues, until the end of a project . As discussed earlier, managers do not want to hear that a project was not finished on time. Project managers do not want managers to be upset, and the worker does not wish to lose their jobs.  Hence safety goes out the proverbial window.  So, for the success of any safety program relies upon getting management totally involved, and  holding them accountable, is paramount.

Once Identified, a Safety Issue should be reviewed by managers and policy makers, to decide how to best address production goals. Since operational policy and safety policy needs to be fluid, changes can be made regularly without compromising safety of personnel.  In most cases, allocating more time for completion of a goal, will enhance quality and can  make safety procedures, acceptably achievable. .

 

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