Workplace Safety: Prevention through Visual Management
Discover the Workplace Safety approach, enabling the prevention of work hazards with visual management tools.
THE SAFETY GOAL:
Safety can be defined as the ability of a system to operate while keeping the risk of personal harm to an acceptable level, as well as harm to equipment and the environment. The term “safety” covers many different disciplines all of which have the goal of eliminating or at the very least limiting the harmful effects of human activities on human beings and their environment.
Safety is therefore indispensable to the sustainable viability of the company.
An objective approach to safety is one that looks at causes and effects.
Form the methodological viewpoint, the approach to safety, as with quality, is a cross-disciplinary approach, a complex work of engineering in which the Pareto principle becomes a choice tool.
Safety is often divided into passive safety (closely linked to the notion of prevention) and active safety (that of protection).
These two notions are complementary and are both ingredients of improved safety. Prevention aims to minimize the risk of accidents happening. Protection aims to minimize the consequences should they ever happen.
Safety can be tackled individually and/or collectively. It can be looked at as an objective (safety objectives), as a right (the right to be safe), as a value (safety heading the list of freedoms), as the state of being made safe, as a function or activity that aims to secure an entity (political, corporate, physical, human, intellectual) against risks and/or threats (two notions that should not be confused).