Magazine article Occupational Hazards

Hazard Abatement and Hazard Reporting: The Difference between Effective Hazard Abatement Programs and Those That Consume Gloves and Fingers Often Is the System Used to Manage Hazard Reporting

Magazine article Occupational Hazards

Hazard Abatement and Hazard Reporting: The Difference between Effective Hazard Abatement Programs and Those That Consume Gloves and Fingers Often Is the System Used to Manage Hazard Reporting

Article excerpt

I was resting comfortably (on my laurels) in my office when the operations manager entered holding a bloody, shredded glove. An employee's hand had been pulled into a chain conveyor, but thankfully, her fingers were intact.

After inspecting the machine, it was obvious this incident could have been prevented. After interviewing employees and calling our sister facilities, we discovered not only that the incident was predictable but also that we had incurred an amputation on the same type of machine at our East Coast facility several years before. Our management systems had failed.

The difference between effective hazard abatement programs and those that consume gloves and fingers often is the system used to manage hazard reporting. Active Agenda's Hazard Reporting module is designed to collect hazard reports and centralize the information using a single business process. These reports then can be made available across departments, facilities and time zones.

The Hazard Reporting module allows you to associate many hazards with a single report. In fact, many hazard reports indicate that hazards are present in more than one functional area. For example, the Hazard Reporting module can address all functional areas of a facility, including:

* Human safety.

* Product quality/safety.

* Property protection.

* Labor relations.

* Environmental protection.

* Operational efficiency.

* Customer satisfaction.

Each hazard report entered can be associated with many hazards, which then can be associated with many functional areas and controls. This makes the organization's hazard list and related control hierarchy easy to track, measure and manage. In other words, ANSI Z10 made simple ... and better.

What Gets Measured

All hazards entered into Active Agenda are associated with risk likelihood and risk severity. The likelihood and severity assignments combine to create a risk index and related recommendations. These values can be changed to reflect each organization's preferred terms and values. This process assists with the prioritization of hazards for abatement purposes and occurs automatically within Active Agenda.

Risk Likelihood--The default risk likelihood categories used by Active Agenda include:

* Remote (extremely unlikely to occur). …

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