An Integrated Approach for Safety & Productivity

There is close relation between safety and productivity. The industrial Engineers should have an
integrated (holistic) approach for these two important factors. Past information is only a guidance
factor for improving these factors. Immigration, simulisation and creativity are to be applied to
achieve radical improvement. For this purpose effective safety management becomes prognostic
for productivity improvement. Some known and new ideas are presented for integrated approach
towards safety & productivity. This will help in preparing country specific, culture specific and
company specific action plan towards Zero Accident Potential (ZAP).

Each accident can cause adverse impact as follows

I) Loss of an earning member
II) Reduction in earning capacity of the family head’ or family member
III) An employee may become dependent for the normal living. It is a new burden for the
IV) Big grief for the family, temporary or permanent
V) Loss of output to the company
VI) Demoralization or depression among colleagues reading for decline in performance.
VII) Adverse impact on supply chain, suppliers/customers.
VIII) Workmen compensation
IX) Loss of reputation to the company
X) Straining of relation with trade unions
XI) Some Executives & employees devoting time for enquiry
XII) Damage to equipment & workplace leading
XIII) For extra expenditure for repair / replacement
XIV) Panic among the employees in the comity about the production process. There can be
some more points to be added but it gives an idea about the advance impact on
production and productivity.

2. Safety Management theory cannot be universally applied like physical sciences or
Mathematics. It needs some amendments linked to company, culture and context. Risk
Management theories also need such modification. For this purpose, the safety
management is propose to be implemented with six (6) initiatives as given below.

2.1) Safety standards (Eight)
2.2) Safety Culture
2.3) Safety Discipline
2.4) Safety guides (Accident awareness)
2.5) Safety Training
2.6) Disaster Management plan.

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Sun, 10/04/2011 - 23:19