While we have written on how safety and productivity are inter-related, we have not really examined it in some specific industries. Let’s take the Oil & Gas industry. Injuries and other incidents used to be relatively more common in Oil & Gas over other production and manufacturing industries, just based on their hazardous environments. From heavy rotating pumps, to large scale use of industrial chemicals, to remote locations; certain factors have always made that industry a challenge from a safety perspective. But programs over the last several decades have brought modern safety programs to the industry.
Kevin Prouty, Senior Vice President, Research , Aberdeen Group
On October 16, 2014, Aberdeen Group hosted a webinar that was sponsored by Remedy Interactive. The topic was how to build a roadmap for your safety management strategy. The speakers were myself, Ken Colonna, Director of Safety & Health of a leading international family entertainment and media enterprise, and Ben Archibald, CTO of Remedy Interactive. It was a great discussion and, while there were some broad discussions about safety culture and how companies can build a Best-in-Class culture, the discussion ended up focusing on analytics in a Safety Management System (SMS).
The Oil & Gas industry is booming. With recent advances in technology, supplies of new sources of energy (shale gas, oil from shale, tight sands and the deepwater, natural-gas liquids, etc.) are being discovered everywhere, particularly in the US. Oil & Gas companies are scrambling to construct additional derricks, platforms, and rigs to take advantage of these new resources, while at the same time squeezing as much productivity out of existing assets as possible. However, as companies push to expand their operations and capacity they run the risk of overlooking their most important charge, the safety of their workforce.
With their brutally high temperatures, iron foundries can be very dangerous places to work. Proper incident management systems can help to keep workers safe and prevent accidents before they occur. Because once they take place, the damage may be irreversible.
Augur systems are powerful and useful tools in modern industry, but they can also be dangerous threats to workplace safety when used improperly. A job hazard analysis can be a great aide in preventing problems, cutting down workplace accidents and preserving the good health of a company's most important assets: its employees.
For companies that use flammable liquids on a daily basis, the potential risks to worker health are numerous. While workplace productivity is important, failure by an employer to minimize or prevent exposure to combustible items can lead to federally enforced financial penalties and a potential loss of business.
Airports are full of potential work hazards, including everything from flammable jet fuel to loose gate couplings. Supervisors and employees must be given proper workplace safety education and training to lower the risk of serious injury or death.
A culture of safety is ideal in an office because workers who can identify on-the-job dangers will understand how to effectively protect themselves from these hazards. However, instilling a culture of safety is challenging for office supervisors, and it takes a long-term approach to ensure the occupational health and safety of staff members.
While tutorials can be helpful to office personnel, workplace managers may consider ways to put information included in these sessions into practice. Doing so could prove useful to supervisors and employees, enabling both parties to better understand the value of workplace safety.