Effective work site operations have a lot of moving parts that influence the safety of workers. Each year, companies typically review safety policies and make changes that will result in even safer work environments.
However, there may still be some level of residual disconnect between employees, managers and corporate leaders—simply due to their disparate job responsibilities and the inability to adhere to company safety mandates 100 percent of the time. In some instances, executives may look to produce business savings by scaling back some of the more superfluous or overly stringent safety requirements of previous years, which creates an even wider gap between workers’ job functions and the overall goals of the business.
As any industry leader will attest, putting safety on the back burner is surely a recipe for disaster. Though corporate leaders may not have full transparency and insight into work site appraisal reports, it is still imperative that decision-makers are coordinating effective safety assessments.
Three important pillars of an effective safety assessment include:
No company can succeed without a complete vision that includes meeting various short- and long-term goals. But in order to complete those goals, the necessary talent is needed. According to EHS Today, the demand for educated, highly skilled and specialized workers is at an all-time high.
Companies can position themselves as an attractive employer by having a detailed safety and training plan laid out. A positive safety record will also help organizations recruit and retain talent.
Safety alone cannot be the sole draw for bringing in and retaining talent. Companies must remain proactive to ensure workers are motivated and continuing to improve on their skills, facilitating a continuous cycle of organic safety enhancement. Organizations will benefit by helping employees grow in the workspace, whether through promotions or more job responsibilities. As these safety-conscious employees take on larger roles, they are able to disseminate their own knowledge, ethics and safety criteria to newer employees.
In 2014, 142 workers died in the oil and gas industry. Training is a necessity in an industry that can quickly become deadly if employees are faced with volatile conditions.
It is essential that employees and their managers understand how all on-site equipment should be used. Training programs should not be looked at simply as another compliance mandate. Rather, training promotes company growth and protects lives.
Training programs should occur with a regular frequency and vary in subject matter. For example, workers should be able to learn and test equipment in safe conditions before using it in the field.
Likewise, training sessions can also be used as a time for information sharing. Employees can disclose personal experiences while passing around and discussing new updates from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
Technological advances have an effect in every industry, including oil and gas, and executives and corporate leaders must stay on top of new trends and equipment that can help with daily routines.
Though Occupational Health & Safety noted cellphones can potentially lead to workplace distractions, mobile devices can have a large and important impact on heavy-duty work sites. EHS Today stated mobile devices are helping improve efficiency because of their ability to instantly relay valuable data and reduce the potential for accidents.
Mobiles devices also improve worker safety because employees can be monitored while on the job. If an accident were to occur, it is likely that managers would know about it almost immediately.
A robust safety assessment encompasses three critical areas: technology, training and talent. Every pillar needs to be accounted for, and in actuality, all are connected.
Top talent is needed to make any company successful, and training them how to use certain technology completes the cycle.
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