#Safetitude- How dangerous is an Occupational illness?

#Safetitude- How dangerous is an Occupational illness? We talk most of the time about the injury resulted from accidents but seldom pay attention to an occupational illness - a silent demon affecting millions of workers globally. It's not only affecting the well-being of workers that keep them away from work but is also a catalyst of causing secondary injury, leave apart the loss of productivity. One of the prominent occupational illnesses that occur mostly in FMCG, Pharma, Electronic, Textile, Tyre industry is manual material handling related one. It is a need in this industry to look into the problem and find the ways to avoid or at least reduce to a level that is manageable. Have undertaken an assignment of carrying out an assessment with the aid of a tool that is called as MAC Assessment tool to assess the risk factors in manual handling (Lifting/Carrying) that develops later into an MSDs if not attended to. Refer the indicative pic below to understand the severity of the issu…

Is anything wrong sloganeering: “All accidents are preventable”?

#Safetitude: Is anything wrong sloganeering: “All accidents are preventable”? Up till 20 years back in my early career, I used to say same to motivate others in my efforts to improve safety. After reading the book on Psychology of Safety by E. Scott Geller, my idea changed for the way that I believe now. There’s no harm having this optimism and working for this perfectionism but making workers believe in actually, inhibit achieving a Total Safety Culture (TSC) for higher safety performance. Reason being, workers in the atmosphere may be reluctant to admit they were injured or had a near miss. They try to hide and suppress the facts when they met with an injury. The fear that they may be held guilty if they report getting injured and also causing loss of reward of NO INJURY, will dictate covering up the real causes (as shown in the pic) that might be worked upon to avoid re occurrence. This way, the feedback from workers seize to be surfaced for working on remedial measures which in t…

#safetitude-Safety isn't a leisurely activity!

Many pros are heard admiring that they have a very robust safety system in their organization. Maybe true also. But is it also that workers have orientation, skill, and behavior to respect that system? Is only safety system ( in-built safe machine, safety interlock, safety procedure, PPE, visuals) alone able curbing accidents? After all safety procedure will help avoid an accident only when practiced, PPE will reduce the impact of an accident only when born correctly, safety interlock will protect from exposure only when not defeated. Many big companies do heavy investment on process safety but the investment on safety orientation of employee is ignored or neglected. Therefore, we witness severe accident happening in these organizations involving large-scale loss including multiple deaths. "Safety pays in all way" is a value one should realize at every moment while undertaking any activity. Safety must be integrated and hashtag#balanced considering all the factors responsi…

Accident Investigation - a formality or a purpose?

Dear readers, in yet another topics after a little pause, I thought I must express my opinion on a very common program in the safety arena and that is Accident Investigation. Although the name itself is not a correct representation of the purpose for which we do this exercise following an accident.  Accident Investigation does more bad than good. An accident rather must be analyzed than investigated in order to find the situations responsible for the accident. Anyway, this is not the topics of review today. What I intend to talk about in this article is about the subject line. In an industry, an accident happens when a person fell because a ladder slipped while replacing a fused bulb standing on the rung of it. As usual, a Safety Officer was assigned to do the so-called Accident Investigation in order to suggest management the ways to avoid a reoccurrence in future. After an investigation, he concluded that the person who was holding the ladder was at err. As a causative factor, it wa…

@safetitude: 6-Steps Total Safety Culture Model

@safetitude: 6-Steps Total Safety Culture Model Further, an extension to 2 earlier posts that intended to enhance Safety performance and to build and establish a Total Safety Culture (TSC), this is one proprietary designed model as a guide to the journey. The strategy can be started with a small model with a selection of a change agent ( a worker with right safety attitude and zealous to take forward) and making him work through various stages of the model. Once one cycle is established, this can be repeated on the bigger scale until every worker in a business unit is covered. This also can be extended to higher management members in a later phase of implementation.

Fundamental to safety!

@safetitude: In continuation to the previous post on how to improve safety, I'm putting forth one fundamental tool to start with. The new approach to safety has always focused on to the aspects that address behaviors.  Behaviors that go against the safety are not only demonstrated by workmen but also by highers-up in their respective domain. The prime objective of Safety management is to run programs that help every employee realize their responsible (more than the duty) for safety. That is why it becomes fundamental to take inventory of At-Risk-Behaviours (ARBs) at every level and to make a strategical intervention from a wide range of available safety programs. A sample worksheet attached herewith will help to get the direction and lead to adopting an action plan of short as well as of long-term period. As usual, I would love to answer your query, if any.