Safe + Sound Week: 10 Ways to Get your Program Started

As part of OSHA’s Safe + Sound Week, the agency has a number of resources available for download.

If you are not quite ready to implement a complete safety and health program, you can download a one-pager outlining these simple steps the U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) suggests you take to get started. Once these steps are completed, your organization will have a solid base from which to take on some of the more structured actions you may want to include in your program.

  1. Establish safety & health as a core value – Tell your workers that making sure they finish the day and go home safely is the way you do business. Assure them that you will work with them to find and fix any hazards that could injure them or make them sick.
  2. Lead by example – Practice safe behaviors yourself and make safety part

The Power of a Robust Safety Culture

If you doubt the power of a robust safety culture, you’ll want to learn more about the turnaround at the Goodyear Innovation Center Manufacturing (ICM) plant in Akron, Ohio.

Over a period of about five years, the facility, also known as Goodyear’s Racing Division, turned a litany of challenges and a long list of substandard performance metrics into a finely tuned, prosperous, and continuously improving operation.

And it all started with safety.

Describing the Racing Division business as it was in the fall of 2013 when Goodyear Corporate began an initiative to redouble its continuous improvement efforts, Dave Coleman, finance business partner and continuous improvement (CI) leader, resorted to several lists. During a presentation to a group of CI practitioners at a recent AME Cleveland Consortia event, he noted that from the outside view, ICM had:

• The worst safety record of all Goodyear manufacturing businesses.
• Run through five …

Webinar: 5 Critical Requirements for Mastering Organizational Change

Managing change in your organization can be a difficult and complicated process. One that if not done properly can potentially result in negative impacts across your business. It is essential that each proposed change is meticulously tracked and controlled to ensure risks are identified and workers and organizations are protected from these potential negative impacts. The problem is that many organizations rely on paper and spreadsheet based systems that are both difficult to audit and notoriously time consuming to execute.

Intelex’s Product Manager for Management of Change, Eric Morris addresses your pressing questions about how to effectively and efficiently manage change in your organization in this webinar he facilitated on how to streamline the management of organizational change and mitigate the risks that organizational and operational changes can pose.

Key topics Eric covers include:

  • How to integrate tasking, approvals and checklists to ensure a smooth, well thought out change
  • Creating
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    Webinar – Making Change Management More Manageable

    Having a well-defined and well-thought-out process is critical to evaluating and implementing changes successfully. This is true whether you’re implementing Management of Change as part of a larger set of Process Safety Management (PSM) requirements, or you’re simply following Change Management principles as a best practice.

    Change is not only a necessary evil, it is an essential element of doing business in a constantly-evolving marketplace. Change is required to keep up with customer demands and new technology. Often the most successful companies are the ones that have adopted constant change (or continuous improvement) as a business model, yet even these companies still struggle with how to manage change in the most efficient, effective way possible.

    This webinar is hosted by Derek Lowe, chemical engineer and PSM solutions expert. Derek addresses the change management challenges and questions that companies continue to wrestle with, providing a best practices framework for how you … Read more...

    Change Management Simplified! (Infographic)

    Management of Change (MOC) can facilitate all types of change and can be easily used by anyone looking to reduce risk when implementing change. We’ve put together a series of questions to help you determine if your organization is ready to implement change. So click on the image below to see the full infographic.Read more...

    CSB’s Recommendations on PSM Standard and Management of Change

    The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) took quite a stand recently against OSHA, criticizing the federal agency for failing to implement several key recommendations they have made over the last decade. At the public meeting held last month on July 25 in Washington, the CSB officially deemed OSHA’s response “unacceptable.” One of the seven long-standing recommendations that was up for discussion concerns a revision to the process safety management (PSM) standard, specifically the section that refers to management of change: 29 CFR 1910.119(1).

    The CSB’s Recommendation
    The official recommendation, made over six years ago on March 20, 2007, reads as follows:

    Amend the OSHA PSM standard to require that a management of change (MOC) review be conducted for organizational changes that may impact process safety including:

    a) Major organizational changes such as mergers, acquisitions, or reorganizations;
    b) Personnel changes, including changes in staffing levels or staff experience; and
    c) Policy