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Machine Safety: Effective safety cultures, can they evolve?

Many in manufacturing seek advice on waking management to opportunities for a “Best in Class” safety culture, or even a better safety culture.

January 09, 2013


Safety culture shouldn't be a puzzle.How many times have I been approached by someone in manufacturing asking for advice on waking management to opportunities for a “Best in Class” safety culture? Or even a better safety culture?

 

At probably two out of every five Machine Safety seminars an attendee will ask this question. This question comes after we’ve spent time discussing the organizational attributes of great safety cultures with top down / bottom up characteristics and priorities. We also spend considerable time reviewing the business case supporting “Best in Class” safety cultures and the dramatic bottom line results that can be derived. We even present white papers and published articles that support these precepts, such as: Integrated Safety Systems: Ensuring Safety and Operational Productivity completed by the Aberdeen Group. They surveyed over 120 executives that revealed when executives understand that innovative new machine safety solutions are available offering opportunities for increased profitability – corporate strategies and safety policy begin to shift. This report is very convincing with facts and figures attesting to the bottom line results.

 

But, (There’s always a “but”!) what are the best practices for sparking that fire to awaken management to the opportunities for making substantial changes and setting goals to pursue “Best in Class”?

  • We know there’s gold in them thar hills
  • We know there’s testimonials validating financial benefits
  • We know there’s testimonials substantiating improved employee safety
  • And, we know there’s testimonials validating improved employee morale

 

Great! Now, where’s the step by step plan on how to awaken and motivate management? Does anyone have any answers?

 

J.B. Titus, CFSE

Your comments or suggestion are always welcome so please let us know your thoughts. Submit your ideas, experiences, and challenges on this subject in the comments section below.

 

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Contact: http://www.jbtitus.com/for “Solutions for Machine Safety”.



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.