Best Practices in Mistake Proofing and Corrective Action Writing Workshop

By Kevin McManus, Chief Excellence Officer, Great Systems

Join me for my 2-day ‘Best Practices in Mistake Proofing and Corrective Writing’ workshop at the 2022 TapRooT® Summit – May 2-3, 2022!

Why Do the Same Problems Keep Coming Back?

Errors happen daily. Fortunately, our work system safeguards usually prevent them from becoming product recalls, sentinel events, workplace fatalities, or environmental incidents. We do our best to help prevent these problems, but all too often, they keep coming back. Why are our mistake proofing and corrective action efforts failing? Why can’t our people stop making mistakes in the first place?

Two key problems exist. First, weaknesses in our work system designs allow some amount of errors to get through to the next process, or worse yet, the external customer. These errors occur daily, even though they might not be measured. We all too often blame the person, or worse, live with the problem instead of changing our work systems to drive behavior change. How effective are the safeguards and countermeasures you use to minimize errors and risk potential each day?

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Second, when problems do occur, we attempt to prevent them in the future with a weak set of improvement strategies. Some fixes are more effective at changing human behavior and minimizing risk than others. Some fixes work temporarily, but they are difficult to sustain over time. Fortunately, there are proven best practices that you can use to both identify, and fix, the systemic root causes of human error and equipment failure.

How Can I Escape Reactive World?

Three things have to happen in order to escape reactive world, and it is common for all three strategies to be in play at the same time. The first thing you have to do is start effectively analyzing and finding the true root causes for those process errors and defects that do occur. Since everything cannot be fixed at once, triage your problems from a risk mitigation perspective. More importantly, recognize that human error is a root cause that can be easily fixed with reminders, warnings, and punishment.

Second, use effective fixes to address the systemic problems your root cause analysis efforts are uncovering. Make sure that effective fixes are put in place, in the first place. Using limited resources on weak improvements results in lost value.

Lastly, enhance your abilities to anticipate and safeguard potential causes of human error. Sustaining these strategies help you spend a smaller percentage of your time in reactive world as time progresses.

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How Can the ‘Best Practices in Mistake Proofing and Corrective Action Writing’ Workshop Help You?

This virtual workshop explores the common types of work process and safeguard design flaws that contribute to human error, including weak corrective actions. It gives you a coach, and a practice field, for learning to write more effective, and sustainable, corrective and preventive actions. Finally, this virtual workshop gives you over 100 best practices you can use to more effectively, and proactively, ‘mistake proof’ your workplace by fixing key work process and tool design flaws.

Mistake Proofing / Corrective Action Writing Workshop Topic Areas:

  1. How to escape reactive world
  2. What does it take to become mistake proof?
  3. Exploring the eighth cognitive processes
  4. How adequate are your safeguards?
  5. How to measure safeguard effectiveness
  6. Developing more effective corrective actions – Practice #1
  7. Putting high impact fixes in place – Practice #2
  8. Using processes to guide people
  9. Creating effective work instructions and job aids
  10. Developing a positive, mistake proof culture
  11. The power of effective job preparation
  12. Improving your ‘real time’ training system
  13. The power of process-based error proofing
  14. Planning to escape reactive world

Mistake Proofing / Corrective Action Writing Workshop Objectives:

In this workshop, you will learn how to:

  • Use best practice approaches for error proofing job tasks of any type
  • Proactively identify, analyze, and anticipate opportunities for error in a systematic manner
  • Better utilize the 32 ‘Needs Improvement’ TapRooT® root causes through benchmarking and best practice exploration
  • Assess the relative strength of different corrective action options
  • Write effective corrective and preventive actions that add value and are sustained over time
  • Capture and use process-level error rates as leading indicators of corrective action effectiveness

All ‘Best Practices in Mistake Proofing and Corrective Action Writing’ workshop participants receive a 180-page. full color course workbook. They also get a free copy of Kevin’s book, Error Proof – How to Stop Daily Goofs for Good.

If you would like more information on how to set up a VIRTUAL 2-day workshop in your organization, send Kevin an email at

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Kevin McManus, Chief Excellence Officer, Great Systems


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