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#1 Posted : 31 July 2001 15:14:00(UTC)
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Posted By pschu
Hi,
There are several safety targets set in my existing company safety policy such as
- accident rate 15% improvement from 2000;
- no fatal accident this year;
- Get a pass mark in all internal or external safety audits;
- no environmental and safety infringement from government bodies;
Recently, the production top management amend the target of the scores of internal or external safety audit in the policy such as
- At least get 80% in the first internal or external safety audit and 3% improvement for the subsequent audits
After that, almost all the jobs get 80% or more in the internal safety audit and I have never seen 75% to 79% score range in the external safety audit. Is it healthy for my company? Is it an effective way to promote the site safety performance? Can the score they get really reflect their actual safety performance?
Hope for your valuable comments.

Regards,
PS Chu
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#2 Posted : 01 August 2001 12:46:00(UTC)
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Posted By Andrew Powell
PS Chu,

Here are my thoughts,

Safety targets have to be realistic and achievable. If they are too high, and they consistently fail, what are they achieving. people will soon lose interest when they consistently fail to achieve set targets.

If your company have reduced targets so that they can (with work) meet them, it is reasonable. If they then increase their target every year accordingly they will make progress.

An audit is only as good as the auditor. And can sometimes become a paperwork exercise alone, to check your systems, rather than checking on actual realities, Some companies work hard just prior to an audit to "cover the cracks".

Surely your accident rates, percentages and Average Incident Rates reflect your safety performance(number of accidents over a month divided by number of employees). An audit should keep you on your toes and can reflect changes in legislation which again helps.

Overall though, I feel that the severity and frequency of accidents in the workplace demonstrates a companies attitude towards Safety. Although you can put a lot of hard work into Safety systems and then wait months for your reward.
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