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Safety Diagram

Safety Diagram

Organizations of all types and sizes can benefit from effective safety performance. If a place of work is safe, costly accidents are avoided, insurance cover is less expensive and employee morale is higher to name but a few benefits. It is therefore well worth the effort to create a safe working environment or to invest the time in improving existing levels of safety performance.

Unfortunately, existing safety performance levels are not always visible. This is because many organizations only look at serious accidents or first aid cases as a measure of their performance in the safety area. However, it is often said that fatalities or accidents are only the visible tip of the iceberg. In applying this to safety circumstances, this entails literally thousands of serious incidents or close calls that have the potential for serious injury (even though luck has meant that no serious accidents have yet occurred). Consequently, unless these many potential safety problems are addressed, it is almost inevitable that accidents at the tip of the iceberg will continue to occur.

As one simple way to start to think above developing a strategy for better safety performance, the safety diagram above offers a simple six-step process that all organizations of all sizes and types can follow.  Starting at the top right and moving around the outside of the rectangle clockwise, these steps are Review, Evaluate, Assess, Control, Train and Systematise. These steps usually occur in the sequence in which they are presented but it is also a useful cycle to revisit, going back one or two steps where your current safety performance planning or execution effort can be improved perhaps.

At the centre of the template is a simple form to help organizations to think about the whole concept of workplace risks that always lie at the center of any safety strategy that is developed.

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