We all play a very important role in Office Safety

We all play a very important role in Office Safety

By: Gary K. Pino, FMP  Being IDO Incorporated’s Health, Safety and Environmental steward, and being responsible for monthly in-house H-S-E training distributions, I thought this would be a great time and opportunity to share with you a brief message on the importance that we all play in Office Safety.  Most important of all is Life Safety … because it runs the gamut of protecting employees with maintaining everyday precautionary & prevention methods to protecting them during emergency situations or potentially catastrophic events such as fire, terrorist attacks, and natural disasters (i.e., tornadoes, floods, earthquakes, hurricanes, etc.).  This Life Safety topic is so widely important and timely because on Wednesday of this week, the city of Indianapolis is ‘holding’ a safety and prevention alert & awareness day.  As tornado test warning sirens are going off at 10:15 AM on 3/21/2012, this will be a great time for firms to practice their various safety awareness programs.  Since a number of our own IDO Associates are housed on site at a large client’s office, it is a given that they will adhere to and comply with the “Pharma giant’s” safety programs; for example, they will be reporting to their rally point locations for their safety, as well as for the safety of others.  What all of this Office Safety ‘stuff’ boils down to is simple … it’s a matter of self awareness, preparedness, orderly organization by all involved, common sense, and a genuine interest of all – in participating in and sustaining office safety.    National Safety Consultants Inc., who has been “helping organizations attain safety excellence since 1980,” does a great job of outlining their Safety Management System (SMS) and Management-Based Safety (MBS) process on their website.  According to National Safety Consultants Inc., “an Effective Safety Management is specifically comprised of three things:

  1. management clearly communicating to employees what is expected
  2. employees doing what is expected
  3. management assuring that employees are doing what is expected”

 National Safety Consultants Inc., also highlights for us Key Ingredients of a successful Safety Program.  I have included just a few of the major ones but want you to know there are a number of others:

  • A.1. Assessing the organization’s current safety climate
  • A.2.. A visible managerial commitment & involvement needed to improve the safety culture
  • A.3. Continuous employee education to attain safety performance excellence
  • A.4. Consistently engaging employees to assure they take control of their own personal safety destiny
  • A.5. Attain and sustain safety performance excellence   

 Even with the best laid plans, safety related incidents may occur or crop up.  However, a very Safety conscious organization can easily overcome “Safety Program hurdles” when:

  • B.1. Management & affiliate business partner companies demand safety performance excellence 
  • B.2. Management and affiliate business partner companies are personally involved in leading the safety improvement process
  • B.3. Management personnel are held accountable for safety results
  • B. 4. Constant hazard recognition and remediation are handled on an on-going basis

 By applying and employing the aforementioned safety delivery model, firms are more likely to:

  • C.1. Minimize employee incidents and injuries
  • C.2. Boost and/or increase employee morale
  • C.3. Boost organizational productivity
  • C.4  Decrease insurance costs, premiums and experience modification rates (EMR)
  • C.5. Reduce property damage incidents and costs
  • C.6. Promote conformance to rules and regulations
  • C.7. Improve management effectiveness 
  • C.8. Realize an increase in employee rule compliance
  • C.9. Employees are personally engaged in reducing risks
  • C.10. Discourage employee risk taking
  • C.11. Have effective safety goals
  • C.12. Identify and properly address root causes of hazards & incidents
  • C.13. Have managers who support and step up to manage the safety process
  • C.14. Have managers who are held responsible for acceptable safety results      

  Information in Sections A, B & C are courtesy of National Safety Consultants Inc.’s, website  

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