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TL;DR

  • The more the departments are integrated, the quicker a response can be made to a situation that involves the safety of the workers. By establishing a safety culture that is promoted from the highest levels, you can make sure employees are on-board and are willing to work together to make the workplace safer.
  • By gathering data from all departments, and using it to form a complete picture, insights can be gained.
  • The incident investigation plays a large role in determining which departments should be involved in the current situation. If all departments are involved, they can get to the bottom of the issue quicker and figure out the best way to solve it.
  • Risk Management being streamlined into the overall company will lead to a safer work environment for the employees and a more profitable company. Executives will see that the teams working together could potentially stop injuries from occurring, and provide less interruption to the business.

 

How Streamlining Risk Management Can Reduce Workplace Safety Incidents

Risk management, in many industries, is a very misunderstood area. People tend to think that risk managers are there to tell them “no”, or to stop them from doing their jobs in an unsafe way even if that is the way it has always been done. Risk management can and should be so much more than that if integrated into a company effectively. Done correctly, it can help the overall organization function at a much higher level, saving money and reducing recordables

How Streamlining Risk Management Can Reduce Workplace Safety Incidents

  • Lead from the Top Down
  • Data Analytics and Insights
  • Incident Investigation
  • Communication and Corrective Actions

Proforma Safety International can assist your company in many of the areas that risk management covers. We have safety services including professional HSE contractors that can help take your risk management program to the next level.

 

Lead from the Top Down

All companies should consider risk and safety to be an overarching company wide core value. The more the internal departments are integrated, the quicker a response can be made to a situation that involves the safety of the workers. By establishing a culture of safety that is promoted from the top-down levels, you can make sure employees are on-board and are willing to work together to make the workplace safer. The executives can be made to understand they need to incorporate risk management into their overall view of the organization. By doing so, they will learn risk affects other departments and their bottom line. thus encouraging them to get their departments to work together.

 

Data Analytics and Insights

Insights are gained by gathering data from all departments, and using it to form a complete picture. This information includes records from human resources, such as applications and training records,  risk management records, such as OSHA logs and accident reports, and records from IT, Engineering and Operations, etc. Patterns can begin to emerge by streamlining the data from all sources. Another great way to gather data is offering your employees a way to anonymously report tips.

 

Incident Investigation

Incident investigations play a large role in determining which departments have issues that need to be addressed. If multiple departments are involved, they can work together to mitigate the issue effectively. In these situations, investigators are most beneficial because when these methods are used, future accidents can be prevented.

 

Communication and Corrective Actions

Communication within the departments is critical so that corrective actions can be taken quickly to resolve issues. A solution can be created by having protocols accessible and with teams working together. When operations managers are aware of an employees leave, they are able to place the worker in a different position where they can build their tolerance for lifting again. If a worker shares complaints with his or her group about lifting heavy objects, risk management can arrange an HSE consultation to mitigate the hazard before an injury occurs. Engineering would also be consulted to note if there is a solution to contribute. Corrective actions can be discovered when having ongoing issues discussed in a group setting.

 

Final Thoughts

Integrating risk management into the overall company goals will lead to a safer work environment for your employees and a more profitable company. Executives will see that the teams working together could potentially stop injuries from occurring, and provide less interruption to the business. Encouraging inter-developmental communication can help to identify and mitigate potential issues while improving productivity on the job.

Proforma Safety International wants to be your partner in meeting your safety goals. Our HSE consultants are committed to finding solution that fits your business and providing exceptional environmental, health and safety consulting.