Tuesday, April 21, 2015

What's the plan?

It’s been said that “if you don’t know where you are going, you’ll probably end up somewhere else.” Correct.

To get where you want to go, you need a plan. When it comes to safety at your workplace there’s no doubt about the importance of a plan.

Why? Because when it all hits the fan – and at some point it will – having planned ahead is a lot better than fixing up afterwards. Think about it.  Once the barn door is left open and the horses are running wild is no time to write a plan for when that happens. Better to create a plan and never have to use it than not have one at all.

Keep in mind that a plan is not just a bunch of words on paper. There are some specific things it needs to be if it’s going to work. And if it’s a safety plan, it better work.

First of all keep it simple. People need to understand it to be able to implement it.  Avoid jargon, technical terms and keep it real. Make sure it’s realistic. Can the actions outlined in the plan actually be taken under the circumstances? Be specific and be complete. Remember the circumstances under which you will have to use this plan won’t be normal. Anxieties will be high and things will be happening fast. A plan will provide much needed direction when emotions are running high. Ensure that all employees are actively involved in the creation of your safety plan. Get their input, their feedback and their buy-in.

Ask yourself a few questions? Does this plan meet the needs of your employees? Is the plan a one and done review and then stuffed in a drawer somewhere? Is it interactive? Does it get people involved? Does it work? Has it been tested?

Think about it. Safety is far too important to be an afterthought. Be proactive and be prepared.


Posted by MJ Thomas

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