Best Practice

LOCATION: Company-wide ARTICLE YEAR 2012
ACTIVITY: Access & Egress & Working at Height COMPANY: Sibelco UK Ltd
SUB ACTIVITY: N/A COMPANY LOCATION: Company wide
BEST PRACTICE No: BP814 COMPANY TEL: 01270 752651
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: United Kingdom
TITLE  
Better procedures – better involvement – better implementation
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DESCRIPTION

Sibelco recognised that that established safety procedures were not being uniformly applied across all sites, in some cases sites were implementing their own interpretation of the requirements. A review established that;

• Some procedures were too long and difficult to interpret
• Employees wanted to play a more active role in the development of the procedures
• A system was needed to ensure effective communication and implementation of new procedures at site level

Sibelco have now introduced a system which

1. Involves the site operators and other relevant personnel in development of new procedures

2. Issues a bi-monthly health and safety information pack containing hard copies of all new and updated company procedures and indicate clearly what action is required. Managers must sign and return a document to confirm that they have communicated and implemented the procedures on their sites or provide an action plan for implementation.

3. Teams of site experts prepare a summary version of each procedure to help understanding. These are in a format that is ideal for day to day use and they also provide a basis for toolbox talks.

4. Sibelco’s Central Steering Team considers what other support is needed to help with implementation at production sites.

BENEFITS

• Workers and managers are working collaboratively to develop user friendly procedures, leading to better understanding and “buy in” by everyone
• People know what they must do, why it is necessary and how to do it. They are better motivated to follow procedure.
• The company can demonstrate that procedures are being effectively communicated and implemented
• The procedures are better protecting the health and safety of workers in Sibelco UK.

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