Helpful Things for Safety (and other matters)
This contains "things" or "issues" that may be useful to you. I made them when I worked as a safety
Some of these "helpful things for safety" are related to the operational side of safety such as "how to make
rules", the "safety booklets", the "opinion surveys", "safe behavior management" and the "accident investigation
protocol". Others could be of more interest when looking at management issues related to safety, such as the
"loss control maturity profile", "safety management and the ISRS" and the "safety audit examples".
While I made these form a safety point of view, I believe they can easily be adapted to other areas of
They are not put in any order of relevance, just click on the item if it is something that may be of
help to you.
Here are 24 points to consider when developing (safety) rules. These 24 points provide the
basis for "how to obtain rule compliance" and "when to apply disciplinary action". Three main areas are
covered: (1) preparation, (2) presentation, and (3) application.
The employee safety booklet for an offshore company. This booklet not only indicates what the workers must do but also
mentions what the company will do. You may find this a refreshing deviation from the regular safety booklet
where the emphasis is mainly put on worker's must do (or not do). document.
The visitor welcome and safety
booklet that is given to each person prior to visiting the offshore
platforms. Basic safety rules are included.
This Loss Control Maturity
Profile was based on the profile that quality guru Phil Crosby
presented in one of his books on quality. I used this as the basis to come up with a "safety culture indicator"
to trigger discussions between people attending training sessions. Normally during training you will only get
the opinions of the dominant few. By giving each of the people a sheet to give their own opinion, you can
afterwards collect the sheets again and - after some work - present them with the total results of the group.
You can automate this to allow immediate feedback that will stimulate the discussion that is often required to
initiate an improvement process. You can put numbers on it for quantification and repeat the exercise at
different levels in the organization to see any differences opinions that may be there.
Klik op Nederlandstalige
versie voor het Ontwikkelingsprofiel Veiligheid/Verliesbeheersing.
Safety Management and the
Actually this is an article that I started writing in the
late eighties when I had my own consultancy and worked together with ILCI, also making use of the ISRS
(International Safety Rating System). So the article is called "Safety
Management and the ISRS". ILCI and the ISRS became part of DNV in 1991. The
article includes concepts and principles that you can find throughout my website. Presented in the article are
philosophy, concept, process and tool - all you need to start off to a better and safe
Included here are two samples of a safety audit system. Both
were used by chemical companies with international subsidiaries.
When carrying out safety audits - or any audit for that matter -
you also want to look at the structure of the management system, not just the content. The structure should
include the improvement loop which, basically, should be included in all the major elements of the management
system. Look at structure, to see what I mean.
Included here are three PDF documents that can be used to carry
out opinion surveys among three groups in the organization: safety opinion
survey management, safety opinion
survey direct supervision and safety
opinion survey operational employees. I used these surveys prior to doing
safety audits with the International Safety Rating System but they can be used on their own - just to get an
impression of how people at different organizational levels feel about the safety efforts of their
organization. In particular this can be an eye-opener for management and I have had these experiences where
there were quite some differences between how management felt about their safety program and the way the
operational employees looked at it.
This is a presentation that I once gave at the start of a
safe behavior management process in
a multiple location organization. This followed an investigation within that organization to reveal
"behavior" as one of the main accident causes.
The document can be used to set up a
system that allows learning from accidents and incidents with the purpose to improve safety. Important in this
respect is to be bale to use a software program that can be used to:
register data concerning
accidents, incidents, loss producing events
allow cause analysis on 3
different levels: direct causes, basic causes and management system aspects
allow management and follow-up of
remedial actions to eliminate or reduce future losses