Introduction - Our Approach on Developing High Risk Safety Standards
Many activities are performed in the organization. Some of the activities involved high risk to the employees. Such activities have potential to result in to serious injury or fatality or property damage or Fire. These High risk activities can be identified by using Hazard Identification & Risk Assessment (HIRA) technique. Some of the activities are industry specific and can apply to specific organization. This can be Pharmaceutical, Chemical, Cement, Textile, Automobile, Foundry, Forging, Steel plants etc. However, there are some common High Risk Activities, which apply to most of the Organization. Examples of these activities are working at Height, Working in Confined Space, How work, Road Safety, Electrical Safety and Lock out Tag out (LOTO).
Let us understand by taking specific example. A company recognizes that during servicing and/or maintenance of equipment, personnel have the potential to be involved in a serious or fatal incident caused by the unexpected start-up of equipment or the release of stored energy. This Hazard can be controlled by Lock out Tag out (LOTO) Standard. The standard outlines measures for controlling hazardous energies such as Electrical, Mechanical, Hydraulic, Pneumatic, Chemical, Thermal, and other energy sources.
Intent and Purpose
The intent of developing Standard is to ensure a formal approach to manage the risk for personnel from hazards. These Standards are designed to reduce the number and frequency of incidents related to hazards. Once we develop any high risk standard, we can apply same standard across entire organization.
Process of developing High Risk Standards
High Risk Standard is developed by our Expert Knowledge and practical experience of experts from the organization. The standard is then firmed up by brain storming with select group from front line managers and workmen. A number of key elements are defined during this process. These key elements are subsequently modified and developed into a series of practices. The practices which are identified are equally applicable across the organization.
This will also help in bringing about a consistency in the process used across all locations. These guidelines will help to provide a new impetus towards achieving the best in class safety standards.
Important High Risk Safety Standards
- Lock out Tag out (#LOTO)
- Working at Height
- Working in Confined Space
- Road Safety
- Electrical Safety Management
- Hazard Identification & Risk Assessment (#HIRA)
- Job Safety Assessment (#JSA)
- Emergency Preparedness
- Fire Safety
- Machine Guarding
- Management of Change in Safety
- Permit to Work
- Hot Work
- Lifting and supporting of loads
- Material Handling