BY: MAGENDRAN R. DATE: 1.3.2012
It is recognised that Safety & Health management system requires sustained and multiple efforts that thrive on mutual trust and cooperation. It is gratifying to note that our management group is supporting the Group SHE Department to implement safe and healthy working environment at their branches and departments. Despite this, challenges still exist, especially with many unreported Near Miss incidents. We must eradicate this low awareness on this which could lead to potential accidents. The most encouraging aspect of Safety and Health is that prevention is better than cure. We as the management group must take every possible initiative to act before a risk kills or maims the workers or employees.
Group SHE Department has introduced the ‘ Spot Hazard & Be Rewarded ‘ or SHBR program as a way to arrest this low awareness among our employees. This program not only encourages reporting hazards and near misses, but awards incentives too to those who submit good findings. We strongly feel this can in a way reduce or even eliminate near miss incidents and hazards at workplace. While this SHBR program is for all level of our employees, the management will have to play a crucial role in the implementation and success of the program. A change is required in the mindset of employees or workers who hesitate to report such incidents. It is up to the management to create this change by leading the way and also by educating the employees.
The process of reporting and awarding incentives is not the end. The management must accept every report as a problem that must be solved. They must, with their selected team, review the reports and find ways to overcome, control, minimize or even eliminate the hazards and near miss incidents. Analyse the findings, make good judgements and come out with a solid solution.
I call upon all of us to work together for a safer workplace and the well being of our employees.