Safety Systems

29 07, 2018

Recipes for Risk Reduction

By |2018-11-21T07:32:24+00:00July 29th, 2018|Error Proofing, Process Improvement, Safety Systems|Comments Off on Recipes for Risk Reduction

Recipes for Risk Reduction By Kevin McManus, Chief Excellence Officer, Great Systems Rarely do I come across organizations that are not interested in minimizing the risk of their operations. At the same time, I consistently come across people who underestimate the types of systemic changes that are needed to actually realize and sustain such a [...]

3 04, 2018

Top Five Tips for Effective Evidence Collection

By |2018-11-21T07:44:24+00:00April 3rd, 2018|Process Improvement, root cause analysis, Safety Systems|Comments Off on Top Five Tips for Effective Evidence Collection

Top Five Tips for Effective Evidence Collection By Kevin McManus, Chief Excellence Officer, Great Systems Several years ago, I contributed a chapter to a John Wiley textbook on loss prevention engineering methods. My chapter focused on conducting effective incident investigations, which includes evidence collection. I also find that a lot of my TapRooT® root cause analysis [...]

20 03, 2018

Measuring Investigator Competency

By |2018-11-21T04:13:31+00:00March 20th, 2018|Measurement, root cause analysis, Safety Systems|Comments Off on Measuring Investigator Competency

How are You Measuring Investigator Competency? By Kevin McManus, Chief Excellence Officer, Great Systems Most organizations these days have at least thought about creating competency models for all formal job positons. Typically, these models focus more on defining skills that must be possessed and displayed on the job more than they do on ensuring the [...]

5 03, 2018

Tag Them All?

By |2018-11-21T04:49:12+00:00March 5th, 2018|Process Improvement, Safety Systems, Technology|Comments Off on Tag Them All?

Tag Them All? - Exploring RFID Application By Kevin McManus, Chief Excellence Officer, Great Systems This post is taken from a chapter from Kevin’s book Error Proof – How to Stop Daily Goofs for Good. The book can be purchased in both e-book and hard copy form from Amazon.com. I came across the Celebration Health [...]

15 06, 2017

Measuring Investigation Process Effectiveness

By |2018-11-21T03:56:30+00:00June 15th, 2017|Measurement, Process Improvement, root cause analysis, Safety Systems|0 Comments

Measuring Investigation Process Effectiveness By Kevin McManus, Chief Excellence Officer, Great Systems Recently, I received a great e-mail question from one of my TapRooT® root cause analysis course participants. His question was basic, but meaningful. “What are your thoughts on measuring investigation process effectiveness?” he asked. He went on to explain that he wanted my [...]

1 06, 2017

How Confusing are Your Equipment Controls?

By |2018-11-21T04:11:12+00:00June 1st, 2017|Process Improvement, root cause analysis, Safety Systems|0 Comments

Confusing Controls by Kevin McManus, Chief Excellence Officer, Great Systems In the recently released Guardians of the Galaxy sequel, Rocket Raccoon is desperately trying to make sure that Baby Groot detonates a nuclear device correctly. If Baby Groot is successful, he just might help save the galaxy once again. If he fails, all could be [...]

25 05, 2017

Four Steps to Effective Rule Enforcement

By |2018-11-21T04:08:12+00:00May 25th, 2017|Front Line Supervision, Process Improvement, Safety Systems|Comments Off on Four Steps to Effective Rule Enforcement

Four Steps to Effective Rule Enforcement By Kevin McManus, Chief Excellence Officer, Great Systems One of the key reasons people make mistakes is that they don’t follow the rules. There are multiple reasons to explain why people break the rules, but we all too often fail to effectively address them to improve rule compliance, let [...]

14 05, 2017

Measuring Safeguard Effectiveness

By |2018-11-21T04:03:11+00:00May 14th, 2017|Error Proofing, Measurement, Safety Systems|Comments Off on Measuring Safeguard Effectiveness

Measuring Safeguard Effectiveness By Kevin McManus, Chief Excellence Officer, Great Systems After posting my article on evaluating safeguard effectiveness, I received several requests regarding HOW this can be accomplished. How are you measuring safeguard effectiveness? Over the past few weeks, as I have thought about this question and explored it further in additional TapRooT® root [...]

17 04, 2017

How Great is Your Safety Culture?

By |2018-11-21T04:20:59+00:00April 17th, 2017|Culture Change, Leadership, Safety Systems|Comments Off on How Great is Your Safety Culture?

How Great is Your Safety Culture? By Kevin McManus, Chief Excellence Officer, Great Systems Over my career, I have had the chance to interact with many different safety cultures, some great and some not so great. Each site I have gone to, and in many cases, each department, had its own safety culture. There is [...]

11 04, 2017

Six Key Questions Problem Solvers Fail to Ask

By |2018-11-21T04:25:12+00:00April 11th, 2017|Process Improvement, root cause analysis, Safety Systems|Comments Off on Six Key Questions Problem Solvers Fail to Ask

Six Key Questions Problem Solvers Fail to Ask By Kevin McManus, Chief Excellence Officer, Great Systems Whenever I talk to groups about incident investigations in the TapRooT® root cause analysis courses I facilitate, I kick off the dialogue by telling the group that I did 25 years of relatively weak investigations before the light bulb [...]

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