Best Practice

LOCATION: Company-wide ARTICLE YEAR 2002
ACTIVITY: Worker Involvement COMPANY: Tarmac Central
SUB ACTIVITY: N/A COMPANY LOCATION: Not applicable
BEST PRACTICE No: BP138 COMPANY TEL: 01298 768494
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: United Kingdom
TITLE
Target Zero
ARTICLE
Tarmac’s target of zero lost-time injuries acts as an umbrella for the many initiatives and changes aimed at gaining and improving worker participation.

A Safety Charter has been developed. Each employee and their manager are asked to sign it on a one-to-one basis, after discussion of common guidelines. Directors and senior managers have nearly all attended a 1 day “Directing Safely” IOSH-accredited training course, whilst managers have taken a 4 day IOSHaccredited “Working Safely” course.

These training opportunities were followed up by a Safety Training Review which involved a series of interviews with a large number of employees at all levels, to identify both good and bad practice with regard to safety training. There is also a programme of training for all employee representatives. Safety promotion is considered important to keep the messages fresh. In additional to mugs, pens, etc, (for the sites); posters, screensavers, and mouse mats help to convey the message.

Safety Task Audits have been based on the Du Pont system, which can be summarised thus:
• stop and observe work activity
• discuss activity with operatives
• ask what is the worst that could happen
• praise aspects of safe behaviour
• question unsafe behaviour
• identify corrective action
• gain commitment to act

By ways of results, Tarmac Central (approximately 2,400 employees) recorded 74 lost-time injuries in the year 2000. This reduced to 53 in 2001 and 36 in 2002.
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