This is where to start with safety – Part 1


Knowing where to start with safety can be a problem for some organisations, but it really is very easy. When starting to get to grips with safety it is important to demonstrate clearly to everyone that something has changed in the organisation – physically changed.  So do this as the first step just to make the place look different.

To make it look different we suggest that the whole place is given a good clean-up, the junk is removed, work areas are re-organised because of the extra space available, gear is stored properly, yellow lines are marked on the floor to indicate areas to be kept clear and all the appropriate safety signs are erected.

The clean-up and general presentation of your site should also extend to the front of the building, any parking areas or gardens, as well as to the side and rear, including lay-down areas and the perimeter.

Work on the basis that first impressions of the front and internal areas of the building may be taken as a reflection of the attitude and ability of the CEO and the senior managers. Neat and well organised – Great. Dirty, scruffy and disorganised ….. Well, you can draw your conclusions about the standard of leadership.
So, the first step is simple: Clean Up and Throw Out

Bottom Line

  • The appearance and first impressions of how the organisation looks to a visitor is important – it’s a reflection of senior management’s attitude to its work and its employees.
  • Make changes, set standards and enforce them.
  • Don’t try to do it all at once – do it in stages

Junk Costs Money

  • As you know, there is always a good reason for keeping junk – “Well, you never know when we will need it“ or, “we keep it just in case,” or, “we may need it for spare parts.” There are a hundred reasons. So … if in Doubt, Throw it Out.
  • The point is that all this dead, unproductive space the junk is taking up is costing you money. Your people are having to work around it all, it’s difficult to find equipment or get at it and they’re complaining there is not enough space.
  • The best thing you can do right now is to order the largest skip possible, get it delivered tomorrow and request (demand) that each department throws out its junk.
    Order skip today

Do each area or department in turn. Don’t do it all at the same time – this only creates chaos
Check each area yourself to make sure they really do get rid of it all
Reorganise and reallocate all the new space you now have
Implement a 10 minute clean up period at the end of each shift/day or a Clean-As-You-Go policy and enforce
Before throwing out large items make sure you remove it from your inventory

If someone is refusing to cooperate with the No Junk policy wait until they go on holiday and do it then!

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