From: Monona Rossol <actsnyc**At_Symbol_Here**>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Simple benchmarking scale for safety
Date: Sun, 1 May 2016 15:08:32 -0400
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That is lovely.  I shall steal that for schools with a right good will.  And I'll add to #5:

adopting safety as a core value and adding safety subjects to curriculum requirements

Monona Rossol, M.S., M.F.A., Industrial Hygienist
President:  Arts, Crafts & Theater Safety, Inc.
Safety Officer: Local USA829, IATSE
181 Thompson St., #23
New York, NY 10012     212-777-0062


-----Original Message-----
From: Daniel Crowl <crowl**At_Symbol_Here**MTU.EDU>
Sent: Sun, May 1, 2016 10:54 am
Subject: [DCHAS-L] Simple benchmarking scale for safety

=E2=80=8BWith all these lab incidents there has been a lot of discussion about what to do.  One thing that is missing is a simple benchmarking scale to gauge your safety program.

Last July I was at a process safety workshop in Hong Kong and saw a presentation by Hugh Sullivan of ERM - a consulting firm.  He presented a scale that works for all safety programs, including lab safety and process safety.  I took the liberty of adding a 0 on the scale because, sadly, I have encountered this many times.

The benchmarking scale is:

0 - no safety program, maybe even disdain for safety.
1 - reacts to accidents only
2 - follows rules and regulations
3 - management systems exist such as hazard analysis, pre-startup reviews, etc.
4 - performance indicators - including leading and lagging
5 - adapting - safety is a core value

Several comments:

a. you need to work your way up thru the scale - you can't jump from 2 to 5
b. many folks think that following all rules and regulations is adequate.  Sorry, but that only gets you to a 2.

Dan Crowl
Adjunct Professor, University of Utah
Professor Emeritus, Michigan Tech University

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