Cellophane Wraps Up Safety!
A Cellophane factory reduces lost-time injuries by 82% and minor injuries by 55% in the first 12 months of implementing Behavioral Safety.
A 500 employee site based in Bridgwater, BCL produced Cellophane Film. With a robust safety management system in place, they thought they were on their way to great safety performance, with an average 10% annual reduction. However, an upturn in the severity of injuries had them worried. They discovered that most of the injuries were related to unsafe behavior.
The project began with a Safety Survey to discover how the workforce viewed the company's safety efforts. This revealed many system issues were causing problems which led to unsafe behavior. Management rapidly took the appropriate corrective actions and introduced Behavioral Safety.
B-Safe® began with the training of employee project coordinators and management champions. This covered checklist development, managerial alignment, training observers, goal-setting, feedback and data entry & analysis.
Checklists containing safe behaviors were developed for 14 departments from an analysis of the previous two years incident records and from those specified by employees in the safety climate survey. These were approved by the workforce before 48 volunteer observers were trained.
The observers monitored their colleagues on the plant for 10-20 minutes a day for four weeks, to find out how safe people were working. Each work group then set themselves a safety improvement target.
Observers continued to monitor daily and gave feedback when observing people and at weekly feedback meetings. Corrective actions, followed up by the project team were reported back to the workgroups. This cycle of checklist development, observer training and setting new targets with regular feedback was repeated every 20 weeks or so.
During the first year, minor injuries reduced by 55% while Lost-time injuries reduced by a dramatic 82%!
No lost-time accidents were recorded after the second year, while minor injuries continued to plummet.
The site scooped the British Safety Councils 5 Star award in 1996.
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