From: Laurie Yoder <laurie.yoder**At_Symbol_Here**EMU.EDU>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Simple benchmarking scale for safety
Date: Mon, 2 May 2016 10:39:19 -0400
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I can understand 0 through 3. Would someone be willing to offer a brief explanation what is meant by "leading and lagging" and "adapting"? (I'm fairly new to the official safety world).

Laurie M. Yoder
Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Hygiene Officer
Eastern Mennonite University
1200 Park Road
Harrisonburg, VA 22802

On Sun, May 1, 2016 at 10:09 AM, Daniel Crowl <crowl**At_Symbol_Here**> wrote:
=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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