Driving your organisation to ZERO...
Question: Why bother driving to ZERO-Harm?
Response: Not only do we have a morale responsibility to lead and manage sites, factories, organisations where people arent getting hurt (plus of course legal responsibilities!) but there are hard financial aspects. A lost time injury will cost you on average £25K direct from the bottom line. So a site with 5 lost time injuries per year and operating at 5% margins will need to £2.5M of sales revenue just to cover the injuries ! Case studies go further and show direct correlations between injuries and productivity (Uptime , unit costs etc).Finally across all the 100+ sites that we have been involved in assessing we are yet to visit a site operating at levels of world class performance and still having lost time injuries. So the case for driving to ZERO is very strong.....
1) Manufacturing & Construction - many Senior Managers talk about their employees being their most valuable asset but still continue to lead and manage sites and factories where serious injuries occur all too frequently. At BWC we believe that it is all about behaviours ......if your people are not looking after themselves / colleagues and having injuries then they certainly wont be looking after your machines, equipment, product quality, customers etc etc.
2) Process Industries - gets more complicated here as we need to consider "process" or "technical" safety in addition to hard hat safety. Here we have the risks associated with a major fire or explosion or toxic gas release. Lower probability but huge consequences. (Piper Alpha, Texas City, Bhopal ). Here we see multiple fatlities and only major corporations stay in business after such an incident. It isnt just an issue for the big boys though - many smaller process companies have similar risks but havent yet adopted the appopriate systems.
3) Health Industry - only in the last 25 years has the health industry really started to focus on the issue of errors and harm. Recent research suggested that levels of harm range from 3-25% in acute care. In the worst case that is a 1 in 4 chance that you come out of hospital worse than you went in !. However zero harm is certainly possible within healthcare building on the learning, experiences and practices that have been adopted in industries like the airline, oil& gas and chemicals. Our 1 day workshop entiltled "Zero-Harm...learning from the airline and process industries" has been well received. Both public and in-house versions are available
If you want BWC to assess where you are on the journey to ZERO-HARM please get in touch. In many cases we offer a free diagnostic or initial assessment.