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

PROGRESS

Safety Tip #8 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.

Because of the reality of CHANGE, we are faced with the necessity for ACTION  –  
action that requires PROGRESS to be made.

CHANGE
is certain

We have come a long way since the 1930’s, when the Empire State building was constructed and over 150 people were killed in the process.

Everything that is being done now, is going to be done differently in the future.

And that’s PROGRESS.

ACTION
is what counts

Most improvements are re-active:

There is an accident, especially one involving people and serious injury, or someone is killed.

NOW we install the guard, barrier, interlock, stop sign.

IT’S TOO LATE!
Corrective action is too late – definitely for the injured person.

We must be pro-active and identify the hazards and take action to prevent it happening in the first place!

PROGRESS
A PLAN without making any progress, is a waste of paper and time,
practically as bad as no PLAN at all!
Ask the people at the site for their Safety Improvements Plan and look for PROGRESS, i.e. items that have been completed and pro-active items.
look for progress
Doing a HIRA (Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment) is one way of identifying areas for improvement, and, when done on a regular basis, a good tool for measuring progress.
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