Health & Safety

Health & Safety is a much-maligned subject, however, history shows attention to good practices will keep people safe and improve your organization. Ignore this issue at your peril and avoid basic pitfalls.

Implementing better HSE practices

  • Every implementation will have a “Do it or else moment” – management MUST NOT fail this test.
  • See item 1 – this really is the most important
  • Lead from the most senior
  • Ensure excellent communication is maintained
  • Make sure NO ONE is exempt – President to Janitor are treated equally
  • Use the legislation as a minimum standard you must achieve
  • Have standard practices for things you do regularly and a process to assess special or unusual events

Capturing what matters and risk assessments, a quick version

  1. Decide the criteria for probability and severity of Health and Safety Risks
  2. Define your context (for what processes are you assessing the risks?)
  3. WITHOUT reference to criteria list risks (incorrect format – see Risk)
  4. WITHOUT reference to severity define probability of risk occurrence
  5. WITHOUT reference to probability define severity of risk
  6. Combine severity and probability of rank risks
  7. Tackle the most highest scoring risks first

Implementation – What an HSE Management System looks like.

  • Statement of intent – A Safety Policy – short and clear
  • Clear policies that everyone has read and understood that guide people towards safe practices
  • Systematic processes for review and audit to ensure you are maintaining and improving behavior
  • Risk-mitigating actions that first focus on the probability of a risk happening then the mitigating for after the fact

Safety Moments

  • Should be relevant to your organization
  • When possible include real-world examples
  • Be engaging, a well-told story
  • When possible should come from around the organization, not the same person every time
  • Must not spare the details, but do not go too far