Week 2: Safety Observations
Focus on the identification and reporting of safety observations, during this week.
- Schedule meetings/toolboxes with office and production personnel (separately) to discuss the chosen reporting methods and which methods will be implemented and why. Ensure to clearly explain what is expected of the workforce and how to use the official channels when reporting safety observations.
- Ensure that a method is in place to provide feedback to all the reported safety observations/incidents (see incident reporting bulletin).
- Print new posters or change the location of the current posters (this will stimulate the eye and draw attention to those passing by).
Activity: Safety Tours
- Organize daily safety tours with members of the management team (in both the office and production environments). During the tours, try to identify hazardous situations.
- Discuss the dangers of the hazardous situations with workers that are involved or nearby. Be sure to stress the reporting of situations, even in cases where the hazards/risks can be immediately mitigated. As such hazards can be present on other parts of the yard, reporting is still important to avoid them escalating to incidents.
Week 3: Near Misses
Focus on the identification and reporting of near misses this week.
- Schedule meetings/toolboxes with office and production personnel (separately) to discuss the chosen reporting methods and which methods will be implemented and why. Ensure to clearly explain what is expected of the workforce and how to use these official channels when reporting near misses.
- If you have decided to prepare and distribute notebooks for production, with near miss reporting forms at the back, distribute them after the toolbox session(s).
Simulate a near miss situation to stimulate the workforce. Also practice near miss reporting via the correct channels.
Simulate an oil spill on the dock that almost enters the water.
- Position an empty oil drum collapsed on the dock.
- Add black water-based paint (children’s paint) flowing from the drum , almost into the water (add vegetable oil to achieve a shiny/oily look).
- See how long it takes for the spill to be reported and cleaned up.
Debrief: After the exercise, discuss the outcome with the workforce. Ensure to cover aspects such as: length of time taken to report and worse case scenarios (potential impact). Use this opportunity to stress the importance of reporting near misses immediately.