Want to predict incidents - before it's too late?

February 1, 2017

 

If you have been a safety professional for any  amount of time, you know the value of identifying risks before they result in serious injuries or damage to property or product.

 

Over the course of my career I've seen several companies that provide products and/or education in some model of behavior-based safety processes (BBS).

 

Having user-friendly tools to assist you in implementing an effective BBS process is an absolute necessity.  Recently, Prevention First finished an interactive "explainer" for BasicSafe Software's "Violation Module" product.  While the name of the module suggests its purpose is to track violations, it is a great example of software that can be used to track and trend at-risk behaviors that can lead to incidents.  If you're in the market for such a product, it's a good one to check out.

 

Over the past 25+ years, I've evolved the typical BBS processes and programs.  Prevention First can offer you a process that incorporates operations processes like no other process you'll find. 

 

I can tell you of many instances in which good observation and interactive data was able to identify serious risks BEFORE an incident had occurred.

 

Why is this important?  Because safety cannot be treated as a separate program to be given consideration  "when necessary."  In fact, if your organization thinks of safety as a program, and not a process, you are headed for trouble.

 

Are you or have you ever been part of an organization that has this mentality?  If so you probably noticed that separate camps have developed, and they fight for time, emphasis, resources and attention.  You will also be able to relate to the struggle of inconsistent emphasis among leaders and supervision, as well as what I refer to as a "reactive management process."  What is the reactive management process?  It is the direct correlation between emphasis and incident.  In other words, when your company experiences a serious incident, safety is thrust into the spotlight.  Gradually however, the emphasis subsides and the same behaviors creep back in, increasing risk.  This is absolutely disastrous!  It leaves your employees demoralized or worse.  They wonder aloud how the same causes have led to more suffering.  Rightfully, they blame management.

 

If you would like to learn how to eliminate this problem and improve both production and safety results while doing so, I'd love to hear from you!  Contact me here.

 

 

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