Behind the Numbers: Why You Should Collect Qualitative Safety Data

Takeaway:  Qualitative and quantitative data each play a different role in strengthening your safety program.   When most people think of data, they think of the quantitative stuff. All the things that are easy to count, measure, and sum up. But if that’s the only kind of information you’re collecting, you won’t be able to optimize your safety outcomes. Whether …

6 Ways Data Collection Tools Can Help Improve Workplace Safety

Takeaway:  Data collection tools will help you to better organize what seems like endless paperwork. Between training, audits, and preventing incidents, it is easy to become overwhelmed with safety-related data. By inputting everything into a system, you not only will save time and energy, but you will be able to get a better picture of safety in your workplace.   …

Short Interval Control (SIC): How to Stay On Task and On Time

Takeaway: Short Interval Control is a powerful structure for removing variation and staying on task and on time.   If you have any processes or activities where variation is an issue, Short Interval Control can help. Short Interval Control uses structured process checks in short intervals to maintain control and ensure quality. We often talk about averages in business. But customers …

Evaluate and Balance Workloads

Takeaway: When we learn to properly evaluate and balance workloads, we improve what we do and how we do it. We create a blueprint for success. Our businesses operate as a series of systems made of people, processes, and equipment. When we design these systems for efficiency and work balance, it creates work flow. We reduce bottlenecks.   Work Balance …

Why Reporting is the Foundation to Building a Strong Safety Culture

Takeaway:  We are performance driven. Progress motivates us. When we can’t see it, we lose motivation. Therefore, scoreboards are necessary at sporting events. Remove the scoreboard, and you no longer have a game, you only have practice. Safety is no different.   We need to set safety goals and have knowledge of how we are doing regarding them. Once safety …

Total Productive Maintenance (TPM)

Takeaway: Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) is a process that maximizes the productivity of equipment for its entire life cycle and will extend the life of the equipment.   Evolution of Maintenance How we approach equipment maintenance has evolved. TPM provides a framework for extending the life of equipment and improving reliability. It does this through the participation of all employees …

6 Tips for Reducing Paper Consumption in the Workplace

It may seem like a difficult or even impossible challenge, but paperless operations or significantly reducing paper consumption within a business is achieved regularly by companies without drastically affecting their operations. By not taking action to reduce paper consumption, it is costing your company more than the cost of paper, printing, filing cabinets, and copiers and scanners. A culture of …

What is Mobile Data Collection? Is it Important for your Business?

When we think of data collection, often the first things that come to our minds are the NSA or surveys. The reason that data is used in these examples, however, is the same reason that businesses record data, and that is to extract information in order to achieve a greater goal. Information and data are two different things, although they …

Watercare Uses Innovative Solutions to Improve Safety of Manholes

Watercare Services Limited is the largest organization in NZ providing Water and Wastewater Services. It serves more than 1.3 million people in Auckland region. Watercare is concerned with safe, reliable, outstanding and affordable services for all while maintaining the best industry practices. The aim of “MH Safety Grills Project” was to install safety grills on approximately 15,000 manholes of the …