Transforming your company
Transforming your company from one that complies with its legal obligations with regard to safety, health and wellbeing to one that goes beyond compliance to achieve excellence can often require a radical rethink of your approach to Safety Management. The long tried and tested risk management approach much favoured through the years now yields to the modern 'management driven, worker led' approach of Operation Analysis and Control (OAC), which recognises the strengths and the competences of everyone working in your organisation, allowing their capabilities to drive home some serious improvements in safety, health and wellbeing. The use of OAC as an approach has driven lost-time accidents down by more than 70% of the pre-OAC period, transforming the company and delivering considerable cost savings into the bargain. Not sure if you are ready for the challenge. An OCMITM diagnosis can help you determine your readiness for transformation (see below).
Operation Analysis and Control (OAC)
Risk Management has failed to achieve an acceptable level of workplace safety and it is time to rethink the strategy. It has failed because the management of risk implies that there is a degree of acceptable risk, consequently for management the task is fundamentally to determine what that degree is and to ensure that activities can be undertaken within acceptable parameters. In this regard risk management is, at best, an inexact science based on the premise that it is neither practicable nor feasible to have knowledge of the particulars of a process to control the outcomes sufficiently. Alternatively, it is viewed as the product of a misconception about the inevitability of unplanned and uncontrolled incidents.
Expert Ease International developed the Operational Analysis and Control (OAC) model to ensure that work operations are carried out in strict accordance with all relevant ‘safe working’ procedures. In this way, you can make sure that the people, plant and property you have responsibility for are protected from harm prior to, during and after the work operation, regardless of the nature of the hazards faced. Planning any project without reference to the safety, health and wellbeing requirements means that the project will fail, certainly and spectacularly. Effective management requires that safety is considered as an integral aspect of the project, not an afterthought nor a discrete element, but central to and fully integrated with the project objectives. What planning, using the OAC approach does is to consider the objectives, the means and the methods of achieving them. By definition planning leaves nothing to chance. All elements of the projects and every eventuality are considered, in advance with appropriate steps/ actions developed and scheduled. Anything that is left out, by accident or by design exposes the project and the company to risk and consequently the likelihood of an undesirable outcome.
The first question OAC asks; ‘what can cause harm?’, prompts you to examine what it is you do and what affect it has on your workers and your surroundings, regardless of the Regulatory position. This is always a good starting point in safety management since it allows you to deal properly with current legislation and prepare for future requirements. Similarly, the follow on question; ‘what are you doing about it?’, presents you with the opportunity to detail the actions being taken to mitigate the harm. In essence, having answered the first two questions you have conducted a hazard analysis. Depending on the nature and the scale of the projects/ operations you are dealing with it may be necessary to carry out a more formal or more complex hazard analysis. The opportunity can then be taken to check the Regulatory position in your jurisdiction.
OAC: An Internationally Recognised, Award Winning System
OAC was recognised [in 2006] by the International Social Security Association (an organisation under the auspices of the International Labour Organisation) as a tool that offered Good International Prevention Practice across industries and across jurisdictions. Winner of the Imhotep Award, BRAZIL 2006.
Continual Improvement with OAC
The concept of continual improvement is introduced into OAC with the, ‘is it enough?’ question. This is fundamental to good safety management since public acceptability, technical knowledge and engineering practices are in a state of continual development. By using OAC your organisation can establish the current state of its control activities and be assured that prevention is at the heart of delivering great safety and health while enhancing wellbeing in all of your activities.
OAC takes the industry back to first principles in an effort to clear away the clutter that has built up with years of risk management. The model builds upon what we all know, particular to our industry, and allows the architect of the management system the flexibility to design a program that will fit with the business and be robust enough to withstand any legislative changes or technological advances. Within OAC the opening three questions, although simple in style are extremely powerful and probing in nature. The answers will invariably lead to a heightened awareness of the hazards and assist with the development of the management solutions. Any good safety management system relies upon quality information.
There are always many competing factors that make it is easy to be swayed by a crisis or the issue of the day. Often the reaction is for managers to work to demonstrate how well they are geared up to deal with it. However, the danger is that this will not achieve the desirable position of properly managing the safety of the operation on an equal basis with all the other important business areas.
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Organisation Cultural Maturity Index (OCMI)
The cultural maturity of an organisation is the most authentic reflection of its competence and one of the most powerful elements affecting long term success. In today's challenging and competitive market ambitious organisations strive for the highest level of cultural maturity. Determining the precise status of an organisation’s cultural maturity is crucial to its future growth and development. It’s not just a guiding feature that affects immediate management decisions, but a strategic step designed to boost your performance and achievements.
Expert Ease International introduced OCMITM to the international market to assist companies achieve a positive impact on their ability to realise their full potential in a safe and sustainable manner. OCMITM, the diagnostic tool that can accurately measure the cultural maturity of your organisation in a revolutionary new way; estimating leadership competencies, measuring policies and practices within your organisation. Focusing on the core capabilities of the company, the OCMITM index provides the information for the establishment of both strategic objectives and managerial targets from which action plans may be developed. As an organisational management tool OCMITM serves organisations that aim to reach world class performance.
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