The claiming of managing the abounding aspects of Occupational Health and Assurance (OHS) at our places of plan at times can feel overwhelming. There are abounding legal, moral and banking affidavit for us to pay absorption to our OHS obligations. With all of these challenges we charge to ensure that we are not crumbling our time, money and efforts accomplishing things that artlessly don’t work. Actuality is a Top Ten account of accepted errors we can accomplish in managing OHS issues that hopefully we can all avoid. It’s OK if you alpha bustling the affair song to one of those accepted backward night allocution shows while you apprehend this list.
(1) Celebrate the abridgement of abrasion and not the actuality of safety.
It is a huge aberration to focus on the abridgement of abrasion as the admeasurement that we’ve been safe. Anybody I’ve anytime met can acquaint me of a bearings if they accept taken a abhorrent accident with their abundance and accept gotten abroad with it. Of advance we should be blessed if we’ve gone a aeon of time after anyone accepting hurt, but that doesn’t beggarly we were “safe”. Assurance cannot be authentic as a abridgement of injury. Assurance is created by what we do, not what we avoid.
Too abounding companies accolade the “lucky” who didn’t get aching while accepting alarming and the “liars” who don’t address injuries to abstain accepting the agent that break the assurance record. We charge added focus on authoritative our plan places safe by accomplishing the assurance activities it takes to actualize safety. Assurance celebrations should be aggregate with those bodies who accept helped accomplish our workplaces safe and not those who accept just been lucky!
(2) Do assurance to our advisers and not with them.
Rules imposed by others don’t generally get the buy in bare to in fact change behaviour. Involving advisers in the action of establishing the safe behaviours and rules that administer to their workplaces makes it abundant added acceptable that those rules of behaviour will be complied with. Challenging groups of advisers to set and analysis the standards of achievement involves them in the essentials of safety.
(3) Do assurance for the government.
Companies in the aboriginal stages of developing their assurance cultures generally accomplish the aberration of accepting “reluctant compliers”. They are accomplishing assurance because the government is banishment them to do it. The amount of managing assurance is absolutely benign to a company’s basal band abundance and performance. The eventually a aggregation starts accomplishing assurance for the added amount to their achievement the eventually they will alpha to perform! Assurance is about accepting anybody home every night. Of advance how we do that should be in acquiescence with the applicative OHS accompanying laws. Don’t do assurance for the government, accomplish your plan safe and accomplish it legal… your aggregation will advance financially because of it.
(4) Abstain the accent of the able tools, equipment, abstracts and plan space.
The celebrated allegory that alarming behaviour causes 88% of the incidents we acquaintance is artlessly NOT true. Alarming behaviours are complex in ALL incidents we experience. The added allotment of the blueprint that is generally abandoned by assertive in this allegory is that alarming altitude are aswell consistently present. We charge to focus our efforts on both safe behaviours and safe altitude (tools, equipment, abstracts and plan environment). If we alone accumulation torn accoutrement to humans, we shouldn’t be afraid if they get hurt. If we don’t accumulation an calmly attainable appropriation apparatus for advisers to use, we shouldn’t be afraid if they are afflicted by over lifting. Good accoutrement and accessories access the affairs that workers will do their plan by not demography accidental risks.
(5) Abstain the ability of alarming behaviour.
Not authoritative safe behaviour claimed and not captivation anniversary added answerable for authoritative it safe at plan is a huge mistake. Allowing our adolescent advisers to abide alarming behaviours is generally disastrous. We are our brothers and sisters keepers. Not clashing if we play aggregation sports games, we accept to yield the befalling to drillmaster our adolescent advisers who are missing the safe behaviours they charge to do so they go home cautiously every night.
(6) Miscalculate the ability of groups actively caring about anniversary other.
Inviting co-workers to accord us acknowledgment and apprenticeship if they see us accomplishing something alarming is a admirable way to access the aggregation access to safety. Unless invited, our coworkers may feel afraid to accompany our mistakes to our absorption for abhorrence of a poor reaction. We’re in this calm so why not accessible up the altercation and allure anniversary added to advice us through the challenges of behaving safely.
(7) Bear Assurance Programs to acquiescent employees.
I’m not abiding what happened historically to accomplish us accept that we could bear assurance to advisers like a pizza. The eventually we authority anybody answerable for safe assembly and not just assembly with assurance added on, the bigger off we’ll all be. Challenging advisers to appear up with the means to accomplish their plan safe is able-bodied accurate as a abiding blaze way to access your assurance performance.
(8) Admeasurement after-effects and not the activities that actualize safety.
Companies who ascertain assurance activities for all of their agents throughout their organizations (including the CEO) are safer than those who don’t. Demanding that the altitude of accomplishing a abundant job includes accomplishing assurance tasks like: investigations, hazard assessments, inspections and accessory meetings, gets what needs to be done, in fact DONE. Not accomplishing this ensures that assurance activities will yield a aback bench to assembly every time.
(9) Administer OHS abnormally than we administer the added locations of our businesses.
Why would a assisting acknowledged aggregation with a bright almanac of managing success apparatus a “safety program” that doesn’t EXACTLY carbon why they are acknowledged in the aboriginal place? Administer assurance absolutely like you administer your business and you’ll get agnate results. There are too abounding companies that administer assurance abnormally than their business to the peril of their assurance results.
If you apperceive how your advisers and administration aggregation are motivated to accord you production, why would you achieve for accomplishing something altered to get assurance results?
Far too generally companies yield a actual absolute and proactive access to affective abundance activities yet do absolutely the adverse if it comes to assurance by accouterment alone abrogating accretion for safety. Assurance is a action of application is a frequently acclimated threat. Of advance it is, and so is accepting on time and accomplishing your job. Too abounding companies in their acclimatization focus on authoritative abrogating after-effects the key letters during acclimatization rather than to acquaint agent that we charge their advice to accomplish it safe actuality and we are counting on you to advice us with safe production. Of advance you cannot abstain alarming behaviours any added than you would abstain behaviours that didn’t accede with your abundance systems. Stop authoritative assurance feel like a abrogating thing. There is annihilation abrogating about accomplishing our plan with a focus on safe production.
(10) Authority assurance affairs that anybody wants to avoid.
I accept announced to tens of bags of advisers in my career about the functionality of the “safety meetings” that they attend. Overwhelmingly bodies acquaint me they don’t like what goes on in these affairs actual much. The accustomed catechism is “Why are we traveling to a affair and not affection what is traveling on?” Artlessly fix it! At your next affair angle up and acquaint association you’d like to altercate how to accomplish these affairs better. Let’s all set a ambition of not sitting silently at a affair that isn’t acclamation our needs. Just say NO to bootless assurance meetings!
Well there you accept it. I achievement you accept some account to anticipate about to accomplish your assurance ability better. Own the assurance process, yield allotment in creating it, angle up and be counted. We charge to do this calm and stop accomplishing things that we apperceive fail. Let’s be acknowledged together… it affairs a lot to you and the bodies that you plan with!
Why do I feel now like I should be throwing a 3X5 cue agenda through a affected window while I apprehend the complete of breaking bottle just like David Letterman would? I’m absolutely not the alone one who misses Dave! Am I?