What is Safety Prevention Observations process?
Safety Preventive Observation is an industrial process that allows an organization to boost safety patterns based on behavior. In a Preventive Observation, usual work practices behaviors, both safe and unsafe, are identified.
The idea of this process implementation is to create a company culture around safety, and involve every hierarchical level around safety observations and continuous improvement. At the beginning of its implementation, the process should be executed by influential workers in the company, that see the most value of these observations, such as managers, or specialized safety or quality team members.
How are Safety Prevention Observations implemented?
The goal of this process is to create both a safety culture in all company levels, and, use transform data into a continuous improvement tool. The process information can be evaluated into a long-term perspective to avoid and prevent future problems to happen.
The process usually includes 4 phases:
- Observation: In the office and field
- Definition of preventive or corrective actions
- Establish objectives for management and monitoring teams’ observation
- Analyze gathered information to find the most unsafe behaviors and promote future actions
Most organizations are not able to achieve the expected success with this observational process. In fact, the present situation shows that most organizations are not able to identify true risk while engaging in the process, which translates into a lack of capacity to detect event incidents, injuries or potential dangerous.