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Resolutions #5: Include Safety at Production Meetings

- September 8, 2017 by Leslie Stoll, CSP, ARM (View all posts by Leslie)

Supervisors are held accountable at production meetings for results. If their department under produced, they will need to be able to explain why. The pressure of being called out for poor production can motivate supervisors to ensure demands are met, but as I mentioned previously in Resolution #1: View Safety as Equal to Production, Not as a Government Compliance Item, this can lead to cutting corners when it comes to safety to meet production goals.

At the beginning of every production meeting (whether it is daily, weekly, monthly, or periodic), you should start by talking about safety. Here are some items that you should discuss if you want to make sure safety is on the minds of your supervisors:

      • Injuries in each department including countermeasures for prevention
      • Near misses in each department including countermeasures for prevention
      • Maintenance issues that affect safety
      • Safety discipline actions taken
      • Unsolved safety problems
      • Safety successes
      • What the weekly safety focus/training is

Of course, not everyone can have their supervisors sit in a meeting and be off the production floor, but you will need to assess for yourself to what level you can add safety to your production meetings.  Adding safety is an easy way to help with implementation of Resolution #1.

Keep an eye out for Resolution #6: Allow your employees participate and lead safety trainings – coming soon!


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