June 08, 2013

Health and Safety Management: PDMR Cycle (Khan, 2013)

I don't know if you guys have noticed it but studying MBE has definitely made us more process-oriented. This is hardly surprising if one reflects on the fact that during this academic year, we have often come across terms such as the PDCA cycle. The PIUSS module was entirely about improving PROCESSES; similarly the PEUSS module was about designing defect free PROCESSES; and RDM was about improving the decision making PROCESS.

In true MBE style then, I have come up with my very own process for health and safety management. The only difference is that instead of Shewhart's PDCA, my cycle is called Plan-Deliver-Monitor-Review (PDMR).

I feel that planning is critical for health and safety management. Hazards and risks have to be correctly identified at the earliest possible stage.

Deliver is about the actual improvement of health and safety within the workforce. For this to be done effectively, I feel that the plan has to be easily understood and readily available. In the future, I will make sure that any such implementation plan is displayed where it can be easily seen by everyone. I will also ensure that everyone knows their responsibilities.

The third stage, i.e. monitor, is crucial too. This is because without a formal record, corrective and prevention measures will be very difficult to implement.

Finally, the fourth stage involves reviewing the health and safety performance of the organization. This will help identify any gaps that still exist. These could be further improved through some more planning and the whole cycle repeats itself as the organization continuously improves it health and safety practice.


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