RED. CEO. OMG. Three ways to embed safety thinking and achieve the outcomes you want.
By Srinivasan Ramabhadran, Managing Director, Asia Pacific, dss+
Without a doubt, workplace safety is improving worldwide—lost-time injuries are decreasing as the concept of process safety management has transcended the chemical industry to reach mining, food production, utilities and others.
Governments have advanced safety regulations and enforcement while industry has made significant improvements in safety standards and operational discipline. Singapore, for example, has already set safety goals for 2028 and, if 2018 is any guide, may meet them well in advance. Australia has enacted corporate governance regulations that hold directors personally accountable for safety. And other countries are adopting various enforcement mechanisms to enhance safety requirements.
Even as the lost time injury rates have fallen and improvements in overall safety performance is evident, spikes in fatalities and major releases continue to occur.
What’s more, today’s environment is further complicated by new challenges:
The current state of safety: RED.
At International Process Safety Conference (INPSC) 2020, we shared three easy-to-recall acronyms for assessing, driving and reaping the rewards of organization-wide risk management. The current state can be described as RED.
Urge everyone to act like a CEO.
Three key actions contribute to driving an effective risk mindset across leadership and the workforce:
Greater success with PSM starts at the top, but it doesn’t end there. Balancing insights gleaned through data analytics with a better-engaged workforce will create the stickiness of sustainable growth.
Achieving business expectations: OMG!
By recognizing challenges and having everyone act like a CEO, organizations can achieve desired expectations. Ultimately, a line-led, risk-based approach in which leaders and the workforce are all engaged and aware of risks will result in the natural execution of proper PSM.
Safety requires an ongoing focus on basics such as building awareness, communication and engagement among others. In the drive toward zero injuries or incidents, think RED, CEO and OMG.