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Substandard Conditions - hazards of the business Environment

 Substandard conditions - leading to the unwanted event and loss

Substandard conditions may lead to an accident, incident or other unwanted event. These substandard conditions could be created by various people at various levels in the organization; close to the unwanted event or further upstream. By operational personnel, management or staff and related to such areas as design and modification, purchasing, inspections and maintenance.


Substandard conditions may be present from the start of an undertaking or develop over time due to lack of proper modification management procedures, inspection or maintenance simply because management and supervision allow such conditions to exist.  


Substandard CONDITIONS


Such as: 

  • Improper guards or barriers
  • No or inadequate or personal protection  
  • Defective tools, equipment or materials
  • Proper tools not available
  • Congestion / restricted action
  • Lack of adequate housekeeping
  • Inadequate warning systems
  • Fire or explosion hazards
  • Excessive noise
  • Inadequate ventilation
  • Substandard lighting
  • Inadequate design of workplace
  • Exposure to chemicals
  • Exposure to radiation
  • Hazardous atmospheric conditions: fumes, dusts, vapors  
  • Other  


One of the main functions of management is to control loss

To close the gap between "practice" and "theory"

Between "substandard" how it is and "standard" how it should be



Substandard conditions or situations may  exist because use (i) they are designed that way, (ii) there is no proper management of change program, (iii) they are not corrected when found, (iv) there is no proper inspection program to find the substandard conditions, (v) there is no housekeeping program, (vi) substandard conditions are being tolerated by supervision and management, (vii) they are seen as "part of the job", etcetera.


Substandard conditions or situations can be found during investigation of accidents or other type of unwanted events as indicated in your accident or unwanted event protocol and leading to remedial actions to correct the situations.


Inspection programs may reveal substandard conditions or they may be found during normal procedures such as work permits or Last Minute Risk Assessment (LMRA).


Substandard conditions may also be considered incident or accident imaging asking the "what if" questions.


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