What does a well-rounded safety work system consist of?
The “Safety System Star” contains five key components – measures, recognition, procedures, improvement processes, and workgroup meetings. These five components should be part of any well-rounded safety system.
Some safety systems contain additional components. If you can find a way to at least build the approaches that are shown here into your safety system over time, you will find that it will produce better, and more sustainable, results.
My experience shows me that of the four areas, companies tend to be the weakest in the ‘Measures’, ‘Recognition’, and ‘Improvement Processes’ areas. In such cases, meetings and training regularly occur. However, these practices are often much less effective than they could be.
Don’t just take my word for it though. Review the safety star yourself. Where do you currently have approaches in place that work well and where you don’t? How effectively do you use safety system best practices?
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Work team leaders drive the use of workplace safety best practices
Do you want real safety improvement to happen in a fast and sustainable manner? If so, you have to do three things. First, you have to change the job descriptions of each work team leader to include specific safety responsibilities. Second, use both lagging (incident rates) and leading (high risk behavior rates) indicators to monitor safety performance.
Third, require each owner to PROVE HOW they consistently change their work systems to help obtain better safety results. Don’t tolerate poor performance. If a work team leader fails to meet job expectations, provide a coach and support for at least year. Then, expect quarterly improvement over that year. If your leaders fail to consistently practice the changes that you desire, help them find a different role to fill.
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Reactive Investigations Help Identify Workplace Safety System Gaps
Why do you invest time in incident investigations? Are your efforts merely to meet legal requirements, or do you expect work system design change as well? Too many people expect the incident’s elimination as a goal. Unfortunately, they don’t also see reactive analysis as a chance to eliminate poor work system designs for good.
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Personal Safety Work System Analysis and Design
I can work with your safety committee or management team to design and execute a comprehensive plan to improve workplace safety. Plus, I can help you minimize the potential for on-the-job injuries. Typical system components include a monthly internal audit process, safety committee setup, an investigation process for near misses and reportable injuries, safety training curriculum and material design, a project management process, and monthly safety reporting tools. I can also help you set up a behavior-based safety system and a scorecard of leading safety indicators. In each case, these workplace safety best practices will help you address potential safety problems before they become real ones.
TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis and Investigation Training
I have taught over 425 courses and helped more than 600 organizations as a certified virtual contract trainer for the TapRooT® root cause analysis process. I believe that this approach to root cause analysis far exceeds the more opinion-based approaches that have been in use for years. Such approaches include fishbone diagrams, 5 Whys, and fault tree analysis. Additionally, the TapRooT® root cause tree represents a collection of 103 best practices for reducing human error and performance challenges.
In turn, you can use the process to error proof your work systems. Do you want to reduce the potential for accidents, minimize significant amounts of waste, improve customer satisfaction levels, and grow your business? If so, you need work systems that promote effective, daily human performance and minimize the potential for equipment breakdowns.
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If you would like to learn more about the safety work system best practices and improvement tools I have to offer, please send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org!
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Incident Investigation Facilitation and Safety Work System Redesign
Some of my TapRooT® customers can’t seem to make go away on their own. That’s when they enlist my services. I can help you find the systemic causes of such problems. To do this, I use of a combination of virtual investigation interviews and facilitation, work systems analysis, workplace observation, and virtual coaching. I will help you easily install workplace safety best practices you need to minimize injury risk.
More importantly, I can help you identify effective corrective actions, (systems changes) that can be put in place to help minimize the likelihood that these problems will come back in the future. I can also help you improve your existing investigation process so that it routinely produces better results in less time.
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Workplace Safety Best Practices Downloads
I have collected these workplace safety best practices as a result of customer concerns and questions that people have shared over the years. Feel free to use these tools to further improve your safety work system.
Investigation Swim Lanes Process Chart DOWNLOAD
High Performance Safety Work Systems Assessment DOWNLOAD
Example Common Causal Factors and Questions DOWNLOAD
Root Cause Analysis Investigation Support Handouts DOWNLOAD
If you would like to learn more about the workplace safety best practices I can help you install, please send me an e-mail at email@example.com!
Keep improving! Kevin McManus, Chief Excellence Officer and Systems Guy, Great Systems
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