All entries for Tuesday 21 April 2009
April 21, 2009
As part of my KBAM module assignment, I chosen to pick the Health and Safety as an issue to discuss in a virtual company called Waiveriders.
Back in my country, I have never really thought about Health and Safety. Maybe because I take that for granted and that it would be in place.
According to a research I saw somewhere, in many organizations, health and safety is at a good level and there isn't really any problems of health and safety in many organizations and it is mostly up to a good level without giving it too much attention.
The only time I really thought of health and safety was when me and my team were auditing one of the faculties in the university which I work at and we found that one of the storage rooms had glasses on the ground and some items were not positioned correctly on the shelves and some chemicals on the ground. Other than that, I don't remember thinking about safety back there at all.
A few years ago, my university administration decided that no smoking should be allowed within the university. I was very happy when I heared this, however, knowing that this will not be implemented effectively and people will not be punished for smoking in the university, I became sad. Needless to say, this is exactly what happened.
I really hate smoking and I really hate the smell and I hate to see people smoking in public places while affecting everyone else with it without their permissions! As a guy who suffers from an asthma, I hate being close to smokers!
Now that I have read a few point about health and safety and its management, I found out that there are regulations that requires the organization to create a health and safety policy with a statement of intention of the desire to improve health and safety in the organization. Furthermore, I found out that creating the policy itself will require that proper responsibilities and arrangements are made so that people know what to do. It is important to delegate responsibilities so people have the authority to carry on any activities related to improving the health and safety in the organization.
I am quite sure that the decision to prohibit smoking in my university was not carried out effectively and responsibilities were not given to a group of people who could be in charge of punishing who doesn't listen, even if it the university director himself!
Lastly, it is really important to have documentation and instructions related to the health and safety and activities related to them. Furthermore, if you find out that a specific health and safety problem could be caused by people using machines or equipments incorrectly, you need to provide them with the correct instructions that help them do their job in an effective way that does not cause problems.
The hard working guy
There is a funny joke that goes around that a hospital found out that a number of their patients started dieing Monday night each week. After taking a closer look and investigating, they saw that every Monday night, the guy who is supposed to clean the floor unplugs some of the critical systems to plug his own vacuum cleaner. This is a joke but really I would not be surprised to see this happening as in my opinion, the hospital should have taken better measures to protect the patients lives. Maybe use some Poke-Yoke approach so that the cables could not be unplugged or something. Who knows!
I think what I am going to do after I get back is that I will start checking if we have the proper safety tools such as fire extinguishers and so, in case something goes bad :(
Fire Alarms in the building which I work at
Every now and then, alarms goes on by themselves even if there is no fire. Employees are used to the alarm as it is something they are used to. Apparently, the maintenance team did not really bother maintaining the fire alarms or trying to investigate the cause of this. The important point is, if a fire starts in the building, I bet that no one would move a muscle when the fire alarms goes on. Sad but true! Maybe they should send a messenger to alert every employee or send them e-mails that this is not a drill or an alarm-malfunction issue and that it is a real fire and that you need to run for your life!
Anyway, back to my assignment!