Safety Corner: Task Safety Observation Program Measures Performance
Safety Corner: Task Safety Observation Program Measures Performance
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Safety Corner: Task Safety Observation Program Measures Performance
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To proactively correct issues before they become incidents, Burns & McDonnell Safety & Health will implement a new Task Safety Observation Program that require regular field work to identify any deficiencies that might create an unsafe condition.

To proactively correct issues before they become incidents, Burns & McDonnell Safety & Health will implement a new Task Safety Observation Program. This initiative will start with a pilot study in September followed by a companywide rollout at the end of 2011. 

“Typically, we highlight areas we can improve, but that’s a small part of the overall safety efforts under way for the entire  company,” says Jamie Butler, director of Corporate Safety & Health. “The Task Safety Observation Program will allow us to more closely monitor and correct unsafe work practices, while rewarding safe work observations.”

As part of the new program, Burns & McDonnell site managers, Safety & Health staff and superintendents will regularly observe field work, identify any deficiencies that might create an unsafe condition and take immediate corrective action, and identify and immediately praise safe work practices. These observations will be translated into statistics at project and corporate levels to identify trends. This will help the firm identify where it can improve and will also measure compliance and effectiveness of current safety programs. The Task Safety Observation Program will ultimately increase productivity and efficiency, which helps control client costs.

“In the end, it’s all about recognizing workplace hazards and eliminating the hazards so no one gets hurt,” says Butler.

For more information, contact Jamie Butler, 816-823-7081.

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