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Safety is on every production/ operation person’s mind. The level of commitment does vary from person to person and from organization to organization.

You may ask the question “Why the difference?” Those that have a low level of commitment see it as a drain of valuable resources (it costs money, it does not generate income) and a waste of time. Those on the other side of the spectrum see it as an investment and as a long term saving (reduction in time lost and product loses and an improvement in productivity and quality).

Safety is not just about the safety of the person. It must form the culture of an organization if it wants to be successful – it incorporates more than just “safety” – it incorporates proper working procedures, safety procedures, quality etc.

Safety is therefore not something that can be managed from the bottom up; it is a culture that must come from the top and work its way downwards.

It is only by full commitment of top management (Managing Director) that safety (and quality) can and will succeed. Top management must set the example at all times. So often we see senior people in an organization not adhering to the safety signs they have put up. If they don’t set the example how can they expect the workforce to adhere to the rules?

Our experience is that the companies with a high level of commitment towards safety are also very successful in what they are doing. There is a mutual commitment. The company is looking after its most valuable assets (people) who in turn will look after the organization.

In the talks that follow we will try to give management some tools to promote safety in their work areas. Please feel free to use these talks and if you have any questions or suggestions, to contact us.

Compiled by Frans Wilbrink of Wilbrink & Associates (tel. 031-266 9035)