Why Safety Systems Fail

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Do you know why safety systems fail?

Complexity. It’s a predator. Its stalking every system in your workplace, particularly if you specialize in skilled trades, construction, or maintenance. If you work, you’re exposed to it. Complexity doesn’t respect borders, affecting large and small companies alike. Without fail, if you design, build, inspect, or advise you’re paths are fraught with codes, standards, and processes that all must be obeyed, whilst simultaneously remaining productive, and somehow aware of how these separate processes interact with each other.

Does your Safety System compliment your business? You likely have a good idea how your team measures up, but below we’ll highlight a few red flags, with a few tips to see how you measure up.

Mountaints of Paperwork

Red Flag #1: Endless Paper.

Small companies complain about it. Large companies create departments for it. You generate paper for everything, especially in the form of approvals to buy things, and in a bizarre twist…to give things away too. You even throw around buzz words like “Sarbanes Oxley”. The governing principle for all the paperwork? “CYA”. But to effectively achieve “CYA” status…you can’t just generate it. You need to store it and be able to produce it at a moments notice…. requiring additional time, or staff. Check out our easy “CYA” safety and process management platform here…

You generate paper for everything, especially in the form of approvals to buy things, and in a bizarre twist…to give things away too…

Police Strobe

Red Flag #2: Weak or Un-Enforceable Processes

Weak processes allow for weak results. To expand on the concept a little, if your process allows for ambiguity in target dates or responsible parties, the entire organization will default to the path of least resistance. If you find yourself “tagging” a dozen people in your safety processes and still feel like you’re spinning your wheels, chances are the problem isn’t visible enough to senior management. You’ll be able to recognize this issue through consistently late responses to action items, difficulty getting sign off, lost paperwork, and a general lack of buy in to your safety process.

Our “SMS Clone” engine looks after timely completion of paperwork and includes a whistleblower function to keep timelines on track. Check it out here…

You find yourself “tagging” a dozen people in your safety processes and still feel like you’re spinning your wheels

YOU SHALL NOT PASS!

Red Flag #3: Administrators Become Gatekeepers

Administrators become the guardian of your processes, or “Gatekeepers”, and often are part of a very select few that know them. This generally happens because knowledge of processes is lacking. Let’s face it, often field workers often don’t care to know processes, be it hazard assessments, near misses, or investigations. In these cases, you’ll often find the gatekeeper busy double handling processes, through fixing all of the erroneous documentation as it comes in or deflecting it back to have it corrected. Either way, this adds up to monumental waste, affecting the timeliness of your responses, and accuracy of documentation within your safety system.

Bastion’s safety management system automates your processes, leaving administrators free to add value to your business.

You’ll often find the gatekeeper busy double handling processes, fixing all of the erroneous documentation as it comes in or deflecting it back to have it corrected…

Partnering with BASTION for your Safety Program brings strategic advantages not found elsewhere in the industry. We’ll make the process of getting your COR and maintaining it almost seamless, using our software to drive your COR processes, and build it out into much, much more.

Contact Bastion to find out we can help you achieve:

1. WCB Discounts – Discounts on their WCB rates of up to 40%

2. Competitive Advantages: Reduced premiums result in larger profits.

3. Increased Client Base: Access to bigger jobs & more exclusive Clients.

4. Reduced Risk: In bids, insurance for both employers and the employee.

5. Efficiency Improvements: Establish workflows that support all facets of the business – not just safety.