Magazine article Occupational Hazards

In the Eye of the Beholder

Magazine article Occupational Hazards

In the Eye of the Beholder

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World-class safety, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder, said Thomas Cecich, CSP, CIH. He told the safety professionals attending the "Achieving World-Class Safety" seminar in New Orleans on March 25, "Most companies are more intent on being best in class, which gives a clearer value in terms of a competitive advantage."

He revealed he did a search for "world-class" on Google and it returned nearly 4.5 million hits. "Is world-class becoming an overused term and, as a result, devalued statement?" he asked.

To be world class, a company must::

* Have a vision to be world-class

* Be driven to be the best you can be

* Achieve results

* Establish targeted accountability

* Have consistent processes

* Have senior management leadership

* Be aligned to broad business goals

* Commit to core values, including customers, quality and safety

* Have sustainable results

He said companies generally fall into several categories. They offer:

1. Marginal compliance -- they just want to get by.

2. Compliance -- basic compliance, because management doesn't see cost associated with accidents and they don't see the value in safety.

3. Exceeding compliance -- they realize there's a return for safe production.

4. Safety excellence -- they want to be excellent in the way they run the business. They know, "If we follow these principles, we will be a better company," said Cecich.

5. World class -- "Very few organizations obtain this level," said Cecich. …

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