Entries from February 2008
February 25th, 2008 · Comments
Business locations are not just competing with outside organizations they are also competing to remain an asset of their own company. As a result, most organizations around the world are integrating lean principles into their business. This has become one of the most commonly used strategies to remain competitive. In our experience we have found that many companies are doing a lot of things in safety with no additional gains; generally more activities isn’t the answer. As the Lean Thinking saying goes “Doing the wrong thing very well is wasteful”.
Lean means working smarter. Likewise, Lean Behavior Based Safety doesn’t mean less effort it means aiming more directly at desired rapid-results and ensuring the continuous improvement methodology, what we in ProAct Safety call a “Results Driven Change Philosophy”. This week’s Podcast is part two of the series Applying Lean & Six Sigma Principles to Behavior Based Safety.
Tags: Behavior Based Safety · Lean Behavior-Based Safety
February 18th, 2008 · Comments
It is hard to argue with the fact that in business, the only thing constant is change. In addition, as we all know, we had a few more resources available to us in the past, than in today’s lean environment. Aside from a few new names and some successful re-branding campaigns, Behavior Based Safety has changed little. While the approaches have certainly had some successful results, those results were a byproduct of reaching the goal which was to complete an implementation of Behavior Based Safety. Rather, than the goal being defined as ensuring (and being held accountable for), results.
Change is needed for these technologies to be sustainable and supportable at all levels in the organization. The reality of today is you have to have a focus on both short-term and long-term results, if you are going to be successful at achieving Safety Culture Excellence. This three-part series is about those results. This Podcast published on 18 February 2008 also includes a reading of the article “Lean Behavior-Based Safety – How the Process is Evolving to Survive in Today's Economy” which was published in May, 2005. This article can be found by navigating to the following links: http://www.occupationalhazards.com or http://www.proactsafety.com
Tags: Behavior Based Safety · Articles · Lean Behavior-Based Safety
February 11th, 2008 · Comments
It is widely understood that focusing measurement on something, places it in the spotlight. Will that alone ensure more than the potential for “Hawthorne Effect? Too often in safety we measure to look good, place blame or simply because we always have. Recently many companies have starting to measure everything creating what is commonly referred to as “Measurement Dysfunction”. This audio Podcast starts the discussion on the need for customized interactive performance metrics that focus on obtaining what Deming called, “Profound Knowledge”.
This Podcast recorded on 11 February 2008 also includes a reading of an article “Can Your Safety Software Swim Upstream?” which was published in June 2003. This article can be found by navigating to the following links: http://www.ishn.com or http://www.proactsafety.com
Tags: Safety Measurement · Articles