Synergy offers occupational health and safety (OHS) management system services that range from turn-key development and implementation to as-needed guidance on specific OHS management system objectives. Our staff collaborate with every level of your organizations’ management to develop a project approach aimed at controlling immediate and long-term health and safety hazards and their associated risk within stated corporate objectives and budgets.
(OHS) management includes health and safety policies, systems, standards, and records, and involves incorporating your health and safety activities and program into your other business processes. Having an effective management system improves your ability to identify hazards and control risks in your workplace.
A safety management system combines all the different elements in your workplace that need attention to ensure you provide a safe working environment for everyone who enters it.
- Provide turn-key development and implementation of OHS and environmental management systems
- Perform gap analysis to evaluate existing corporate practices and procedures against self-defined, consensus, or industry standards
- Conduct hazard evaluations and risk assessments.
- Design and implement OHS and environmental management systems in accordance with standards that meet client objectives:
- Client-specific internal corporate management standards
- OHSAS 18001 standard (occupational health and safety management)
- ISO 14001 standard (environmental management)
- ISO 45001 forthcoming standard on health and safety management
- Prepare organizations for transition from OHSAS 18001:2007 to ISO 45001
- Audit expenditures for health and safety management and provide recommendations for cost reduction
- Integrate newly developed or revised occupational health and safety programs and management systems into corporate operations
- Update OHS management systems to integrate changes in corporate directives and health and safety culture
- Train all levels of management on integrating the “psychology of safety” principles into corporate culture
- Train personnel at regular intervals on the practical application and use of the management system and to educate new employees and reinforce health and safety culture
- Perform third-party prequalification of contractors and suppliers for compliance with health and safety requirements and management system standard specification
Behaviour Based Safety (BBS) is a proactive approach by focusing attention on at-risk behaviours that can create an unsafe condition or lead to an injury. The goal of the BBS program is to increase safety awareness throughout an entire organization.
BBSanalogy revolves around the trilogy of incidents.
Opportunity + Freedom + Behaviour = Incident
It takes an Opportunity or Freedom with uncontrolled / unregulated Behaviour to cause an incident. With a self-regulating autonomous behaviour, even the existence of many opportunities or freedom would be overlooked to do things right! In Behaviour Based Safety, we focus on the ‘what’ and ‘why’ of people’s actions. We recognise the good and build interventions to address those that can be improved. We focus on ‘Why they do things the way they do?’ and help them overcome.
BBS helps to increase safety awareness and improve safety practices.First, by observing worker behaviour, managers can use workflow design and task analysis to evaluate and identify mechanical, physical, and ergonomic hazards of job duties. Additionally, when workers are held accountable for their own behaviour, engagement improves and critical thinking and decision-making skills increase.
Further, tracking behaviour to determine if training objectives are being met, risks are being reduced, and accidents decrease can provide valuable feedback and highlight areas that require additional attention.
One of the key strengths of our Behaviour Based Safety approach is that it’s easy to implement for every employee. At the same time, the BBS program gives strong management visibility on workplace behaviour. Before training employees and management on these aspects, we evaluate the company’s baseline and maturity level. A couple of these factors, that also form prerequisites for starting a BBS program, are strong employee engagement, a satisfactory level of safety amongst employees, and a committed management team.
Implementing BBS, organizations can:
- Improve employee health and welfare
- Increase job satisfaction
- Improve employee retention rates
- Lower or eliminate cost of worker’s compensation claims
- Reduce costs related to employee medical leave and absenteeism.
Step 1: Establish a Need for Change
Recognize that a current system that relies on systematic preventative measures and controls and reactive training and behavior correction is not successful at increasing long term workplace safety.
Step 2: Create a Plan of Action
Define the elements of a new culture of workplace safety. Establish clear goals, measurement tactics, enforcement procedures, and feedback systems. Build a timeline for organizational change and set benchmarks for short-term wins and long-term milestones. Celebrate positive behaviors and achievements.
Step 3: Plan for Implementation
Introduce workplace safety as the new culture and “lifestyle” of the organization. Administer a brief safety attitude questionnaire to obtain baseline information of employees’ existing knowledge, future needs, and preferred training or learning style. Provide general BBS training to all staff with an explanation of the general principles and goals. Encourage employees to consider and share outside-the-box ideas to improve job efficiency and safety and promote routine feedback.
Step 4: Put Energy into Implementation and Sustainability
Launch the new program with a spirited kick-off event promoting positivity and overall commitment. Regular communication, consistent support, and ongoing feedback at all levels of the organization are critical for the success of the program.