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Safety Management Insights

3 Things to Consider Before Setting A Target Zero Goal

Posted by Don Brown on Jun 11, 2015 1:00:00 PM

setting_target_zero_goalTarget Zero is a noble goal, but it requires a standard of perfection that can only be accomplished with careful planning and implementation. As the American Society of Safety Engineers points out in a recent article, if a Target Zero goal is not implemented correctly, it can set your employees up for failure.

So what can your company do to create a Target Zero initiative employees can actually achieve? 

First, you must make sure your Target Zero goal is realistic and you have the proper safety management policies and procedures in place to support it. because the reality is humans are not perfect.

Here are a few things every company should consider before implementing a Target Zero initiative.

Have You Updated Your Job Safety Analyses?

Teaching your employees how to recognize safety obstacles and encouraging them to follow appropriate protocol for avoiding those obstacles can make a big difference in preventing injury. Your job safety analyses (JSAs) should be living documents you update regularly to ensure they reflect changes in policies, procedures and common hazards. 

BasicSafe’s Job Safety Analysis enables you to upload your company’s current JSAs or create new ones and easily edit them.

Is Your Training Up to Date?

As your policies and procedures change, your employees should receive updated training. Many workplaces struggle with keeping track of training and certification records, especially if they’ve been using paper files or Excel spreadsheets to manage them. These outdated record management systems don’t notify supervisors when certifications are due to expire or when updates are needed, and they don’t make it easy for anyone to access the information when needed. Keeping training records current is an important step toward reducing injuries.

The BasicSafe Safety Training Management Module allows you to put all of your safety training in one place for easy accessibility to employees. The module can keep track of which employees attended and completed training sessions. Employees can access these documents, and BasicSafe will maintain a record of employee certifications.

Once safety management is an ongoing part of everyday processes, it is more manageable for employees and management alike. It becomes a part of the company culture to review safety guidelines and training and handle issues immediately as they arise to ensure there is not a repeat incident. This in turn refines training procedures.

Have You Updated Your Incident Reporting?

In theory, all injuries are preventable.  However, there are times when employees follow all instructions and can still be injured as the result of someone else failing to work safely. Maintaining a record of all incidents and near misses in a comprehensive safety database can help safety managers identify trends and determine appropriate corrective action. 

BasicSafe Incident Investigation Reporting allows you to keep all incident-related information in one place.  Any actions that must be completed as a result of an incident can be assigned and tracked through to completion. 

Without a robust safety management system in place, a target of zero injuries is merely a wish, not a realistic goal. To find out more about how BasicSafe’s integrated safety software can help you achieve Target Zero, contact us today.

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