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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Safety and Health Management: Matter of Overconfidence and Carelessness

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Confidence is Good; Overconfidence Is Not

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  • Being confident about and on your job is your plus point. It will surely help you in doing your work very well and therefore, you will be able to take pride in it.
  • However, if you become overconfident i.e. when you fail to use safe work practices and you forget about the possible hazards.
  • No matter how long you have been on the job and no matter how skilled you are, you must remember the basic safety precautions.
  • Never get complacent as far as safety is concerned.

Even Experienced Professionals have Paid Dearly for Overconfidence and therefore, Carelessness

  • They have been electrocuted when they failed to shut off the electric power while performing electrical repairs.
  • They have been burnt in explosions when they allowed an ignition source in a flammable atmosphere.
  • They have been killed in falls from heights when they failed to hook up fall arrest gear.
  • They have lost limbs while operating the same saws or punch presses they have used for years.
  • They have been disabled in vehicle crashes while driving familiar routes.
  • They have entangled themselves in the conveyor if they wore loose clothes.
  • They have slipped on the slippery floors and fractured their bones.

And so, Avoid Overconfidence and Stick to Following Reminders

  • Stay aware of the hazardous practice and so, from hazards.
  • Remain alert and focus on doing the job safely.
  • Follow the recommended safe work practices at all times.
  • Never take short cuts.
  • Use the prescribed protective equipment every time.
  • Pay attention what is said in various safety meetings and seminars. You might have heard those sermons earlier too but does it hurt to listen to them again? They are precious reminders.
  • If you are an experienced professional, lead others by setting a good example for novices.
  • Perform all the activities the safe way because someone may be watching and learning from you.
  • Never let overconfidence and carelessness compromise safety and health.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Safety and Health Management

For everything you wanted to know on building leadership and management, refer Shyam Bhatawdekar’s website:

(Refer our High Quality Management Encyclopedia “Management Universe” at:

Meaning of Health and Safety
  • Health (general physical and mental condition): The general condition of the body or mind, especially in terms of the presence or absence of illnesses, injuries, or impairments.
  • Safety (freedom from danger): protection from, or not being exposed to, the risk of harm or injury.

In organizational context, in the industry, safety and health mean:

  • Preventing accidents and
  • Preventing work related ill health

Meaning of Accident

  • It is an unplanned or even unexpected event.
  • It results in injury and ill health of the people involved.
  • It may result in damage to or loss of property, plant or materials.
  • When no injury, ill health or loss takes place, the accident is termed as a "near miss".

Meaning of Work Related Ill Health

  • It is illness, physical problem or disability caused on the work spot.
  • It is the result of the working conditions.
  • It may be temporary or permanent.

Implications of Ineffective Safety and Health Measures

Poor safety and health conditions will result in two types of costs:

  • Human related costs
  • Financial related costs

These may arise out of fatal and non-fatal accidents. Human beings may then suffer:

  • Reduced quality and quantity of life.
  • Physical loss in terms of losing body parts, restricting or paralyzing actions and mobility.
  • Mental loss in terms of stress and may be, depression.

ILO carries out studies on the extent of losses due to poor safety and health conditions. The general sense these studies give can be roughly summarized below:

  • The work related deaths are more than the ones in road accidents, wars, violence or by HIV/AIDS.
  • The financial costs of occupational injury and disease can be in the vicinity of the range from 1% to 10% (based on limited data of limited countries) of the GDP.
  • Thus, the human and financial losses as a result of poor safety and health conditions are enormous and need serious attention.

Causes for Accidents and Ill Health

  • People working under unsafe conditions.
  • Working without using the safety equipment.
  • People working under pressure.
  • Longer continuous working without rest pauses.
  • Fatigue.
  • Failure of control systems.
  • Not following the laid down safety procedures.
  • Lack of skills.
  • Lack of experience.
  • Lack of training.
  • Faulty communication.

Important Factors for Improving Safety and Heath

  • Imparting necessary knowledge related to safety and health.
  • Knowledge on causes and effects of accidents.
  • Training on use of safety equipment.
  • Training on safety procedures.
  • Improving the design of machines and equipment and making them fool-proof from safety and health view points.
  • Improving the general working conditions everywhere in the organization.
  • Stricter implementation of legal aspects related to safety and health.
  • Continuous cause and effect analysis of accidents and near misses and continuous improvement to eliminate the causes from the root level.
  • Rather than depending on prescriptive rules or individuals or common sense, design and implement systems like OHSAS and behavioral safety system where all aspects of safety and health are integrated into everyday operations. (For details on behavioral safety, refer:

Ultimate Objective

  • To achieve a zero accident organization.

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