Safety, without a doubt, remains a paramount concern for any organisation. With an increasingly interconnected world, an ever-evolving technological landscape and rising public awareness, effective safety measures are more critical than ever. The responsibility of a safety professional in this regard cannot be overstated. They serve as the guardians of workplace safety, ensuring that safety systems and processes effectively safeguard employees and the general public. Regrettably, traditional methodologies employed in system-level hazard analysis often fail to genuinely depict an organisation's safety standing and corresponding response mechanisms. In this blog post, we delve into how a proactive stance, supplemented by the pivotal role of the safety professional, can facilitate the transition from fantasy plans to an attainable safety reality.
Topics: Organisational Resilience
In high-stakes industries where safety is paramount, accidents and incidents are often quickly attributed to human error. This knee-jerk reaction to blame individuals has deep roots in organisational culture and leadership attitudes. However, this blame-oriented approach can hinder the development of truly resilient and safe systems. In this article, we will explore the limitations of focusing solely on human error, the benefits of adopting a systemic approach to safety, and how organisations can change their mindset to create robust, resilient systems.
The Health and Safety profession has made great strides in safety performance over the last 50 years, technology has become safer to use, and techniques such as HAZOP and bowtie analysis have given us ways to think about and manage hazards. This approach has served the industry well, but safety performance has recently stalled.
Have you ever been involved in a safety investigation where you felt like you were being interrogated?
You felt like you've done something wrong, and the intention was more to find out how you should be punished than how your organisation could learn.
Sadly many of us have either had that or heard about others that have had that particular experience, yet the fact is that such an approach does very little to improve safety.