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Machine safety: A social responsibility or KPI?
October 17, 2012
Is machine safety, as part of a corporate safety culture, focused at a social responsibility, Or is it part of the business culture as a key performance indicator (KPI)? Social responsibility is defined as corporate social responsibility (CSR). According to Mallen Barker; “My own definition is that CSR is about how companies manage the business processes to produce an overall positive impact on society.” As such, companies have a responsibility to the marketplace, the workplace, the environment and the community. Understanding these four components it can easily be understood that the “life cycle of machine safety” plays a direct role in all four components. So, machine safety is a social responsibility! Right!
Not so fast!
KPIs are commonly used by an organization to evaluate its success or the success of a particular activity in which it is engaged toward specific strategic goals. Accordingly, choosing the right KPIs is reliant upon having a good understanding of what is important to the organization. Because of the need to develop a good understanding of what is important, performance indicator selection is often closely associated with the use of various techniques to assess the present state of the business, and its key activities with 'performance improvement' initiatives. A very common way for choosing KPIs is to apply a management framework such as the balanced scorecard approach. A recent Aberdeen Study, “Integrated Safety Systems, November, 2011” points out the KPI’s of “Best In Class” companies.
So what’s all this got to do with Machine safety? In my opinion, it’s strategies like “Best In Class” and “Overall Equipment Effectiveness” (OEE) that bring together the business macro’s like Social Responsibilities and Business Strategy KPI’s with a key common focus called – Machine Safety.
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For more than 30 years, J.B. Titus has advised a wide range of clients on machine functional safety solutions, including Johnson + Johnson, Siemens, General Motors, Disney, Rockwell Automation, Bridgestone Firestone, and Samsung Heavy Industries. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Oklahoma University in industrial management and an MBA from Case Western Reserve University in marketing and finance. He is a professional member of the American Society of Safety Engineers and is OSHA-certified in machine guarding. Titus is also TUV-certified as a Functional Safety Expert and serves on several American National Standards Institute, National Fire Protection Association, and National Electrical Manufacturers Association national safety and health standards committees. Reach him at jb(at)jbtitus.com and via www.jbtitus.com.