♦ SERIES ♦♦   SAFETY ON A SHOESTRING BUDGET   ♦♦ SERIES ♦

PREPARATION

Safety Tip #3 in the series

  ◊  PREVENTION   ◊  PURPOSE
  ♦  PREPARATION   ◊  PEOPLE
  ◊  PROBLEMS   ◊  PAT-ON-BACK
  ◊  PLAN   ◊  PROGRESS
  ◊  PEN-TO-PAPER   ◊  PRO-ACTIVE

The purpose of this series is to give struggling-but-eager SHE professionals and practitioners, who are working for financially-constrained companies, pointers on how to get the safety awareness message across to both management and workers, on a shoestring budget.

Today’s topic, PREPARATION, highlights the importance of FOCUS and SCHEDULING when it comes to effective and efficient Walk-Abouts.

It’s the old story of
… if you fail to plan, you plan to fail …
i.e. what you put into preparing will determine the outcome

If you don’t prepare your walk about, you will end up policing and fault finding.

If you, the safety professional, want to help your leaders, prepare a check list of focus areas for them:

  • There are many items – hundreds – to focus on.
  • There are many generic ones, but also industry-specific ones.
  • Fire-fighting, trips and alarms, safety equipment, PPE, safety signs, permits to work, inspection records, etc.
  • Base the list on your specific safety issues and on past incidents too, with emphasis on PREVENTION.
Focus and Schedule

Notify the plant / operation owner / foreman, otherwise you will end up finding too many locked doors (store rooms, cupboards, tool boxes, etc.) and documents and records which are not available.

Make sure that the relevant people are available to walk about with you (see next topic PEOPLE).

Draw up your own schedule for these walk-abouts – for yourself and also for the senior management team – they have to become VIP’s = Visible Involved Pro-active.

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