If we talk about safety, everyone wishes to stay safe, irrespective of them working in projects, staying at home or walking on streets. Previously, one of the most neglected aspects of an industrial workplace was health and safety – it consistently remained an afterthought, before becoming a crucial part of a picture.
Because one can never eliminate unplanned and unanticipated events without a proper and methodological approach.
Every industry wants to improve speed, efficiency and safety in project schedules to –
- Reduce operating costs
- Boost the public perception of their business
- Enhance brand value
- Increase productivity and overall profits
In projects, project delivery speed directly depends upon the project execution plan (document that describes the strategies and tactics to execute the project successfully). It comprises of the project goals, objectives and milestones, scope of work, project information management and risk management strategies.
Investing time in developing a comprehensive plan allows businesses to forecast needs for every aspect of the project. That makes adjustments in the necessary schedules, resources and logistics easier. To ensure that safety at sites isn’t compromised, addressing health and safety standards enables workers onsite with a clear guidance.
To adhere to this plan, following can help.
Collaborating with teams
An NCBI report states that poor communication can have a negative impact on successful project execution.
Yes, one can run the risk of decreased worker productivity, speed, efficiency and staff engagement, if safety work practices are not watched out and ineffective communication takes place. When one regularly is in touch with their workers, one can ensure that everyone is on the loop and part of the latest project announcements and important alterations, if any. Conversations can focus on their personal project requirements, project progress and their views on the existing safety culture and their comfort.
Use Modern Safety and digital tools
Using digital software is an alternative way to boost productivity and performance on projects. Their correct usage minimize and eliminate costly human error and rework.
While enforcing health and safety regulations, software can factor in requirements without interventions – e.g. deciding the minimum rest periods for workers between shifts. That enables and helps worker health and well-being and affects their overall performance. With top priority of ensuring their safe performance of tasks, they can have safe processes down – which hones their speed.
Focusing on raising workplace standards
All workplaces consist of safety rules. ‘Wear hard hats while on the factory floor. Do not remove machine guards. Always wear safety gloves, overalls, and boots. Explosives – do not touch.’
Since rules are easy to implement, majority of workplaces enforce them without giving second thoughts. They feel that that there’s no need to have gentle conversations with the employees. But focusing on semantics of safety rules instead of their reasoning can arise problems in overall execution – there are employees who can disagree or simply become complacent at times. They fail to connect with the rules and find ways to circumvent them.
Conducting trainings, organizing talks, emphasizing safety in new ways (like E-learning and safety animation) can help setting standards where there’s no going back.
When one focusses on raising standards, compliance, speed and efficiency comes naturally in industrial projects that definitely leaves a meaningful impact.