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R - What resources would be needed, what would these cost, and how could they be
There will of course be some discussion points where not all of these questions will be
applicable. The 6-Point Structure
After you have discussed the ideas in the text, you write an action plan in which you present
practical proposals for implementing the conclusions you have reached in your discussion.
The 6-Point Structure will help you to write your action plan:
1. Problems: Problems you have in your company in the area you have just discussed.
2. Proposals: Your proposals for improvement.
a. Be specific and concrete.
b. Include an implementation plan, with a time schedule and minimum and
optimal implementation targets.
c. Refer to any forms, charts, tables etc. that you would use, and include samples
in an appendix.
3. Obstacles: Obstacles to implementation in employee attitudes, company organization
and culture etc., and how these could be overcome.
a. The resources required: funds, equipment, materials, man-hours, expertise etc.
b. The resources available within the company.
c. Any resources that would have to be found outside the company.
d. Alternatives that could be used to cover any shortfall in resources.
5. Assessment: Ways of assessing the results of implementing these proposals.
6. Benefits: The benefits your proposals would bring. A Roadmap to Quality 5 Unit 7 - Safety 05-87581_unit 7.qxd 01/08/2006 10:58 Page 6 7.1 Mark emergency exit signs, put up
1. The two safety priorities in the workplace are that:
a. People can leave the building quickly when there is an emergency: mark emergency
exits, evacuation routes and evacuation sites clearly.
b. People do not enter dangerous areas: put up warning signs showing areas that are
dangerous to enter. Put up signs to show emergency exits, evacuation routes and
2. Indicate emergency exits and evacuation routes clearly. The evacuation routes should
lead to evacuation sites where people can gather safely. When people are gathered in
one place it is easier to see if anyone may still be in the building. Take the following
a. Put emergency exit signs on the doorways of all rooms, and illuminate these at night.
b. Put up signs to indicate how to follow evacuation routes, and illuminate these at
c. Make sure that all emergency exits and evacuation routes are kept clear of
d. Install rope ladders and evacuation chutes, if the design of the building requires
e. Mark tools to be used for evacuation and keep them always ready for use.
f. Make sure that absolutely every employee knows where the evacuation sites are.
g. Use emergency power sources to illuminate the emergency signs at night, if possible.
Emergency exits may include doorways that people are normally not allowed to use. Put up signs to show dangerous areas
3. Clearly indicate areas that are dangerous for employees to enter or go near. These may
a. The area within a certain range of operating machinery and equipment.
b. Sites with movable facilities and equipment.
c. Sites where harmful gases are produced.
d. Sites for storing radioactive substances.
e. Areas where there are electricity hazards e.g. high-voltage power cables.
f. Passageways near moving traffic.
g. Construction sites.
4. Fix danger signs where they can be easily seen – on walls, fences or wire nets. On
construction sites put the signs near the dangerous area. Use the same sizes, colours
and words that the public authorities use. Unit 7 - Safety 6 A Roadmap to Quality 05-87581_unit 7.qxd 01/08/2006 10:58 Page 7 5. The decision to designate certain areas as dangerous may be taken by public
authorities, or agencies connected to them, or it may be based on a code of practice in
the area of business that the company belongs to. Discussion
The following questions ask you to think about how the ideas in the text could be applied in
your company. Some of the ideas may not be relevant to you. Concentrate on those that are
relevant. Keep notes of your conclusions – you will need them to prepare your action plan
afterwards. Where appropriate ask yourself the RADAR questions.
Note: Always include in your discussion any figures referred to in the text, if you feel these
are relevant to your company.
a. Do you already have emergency exits, evacuation routes and evacuation sites? And
signs for them? If yes, could they be improved? If you do not have them, why not?
b. How valuable do you think each of these three emergency features is?
c. Parag. 2. Apply the RADAR questions to these suggestions for emergency signs.
d. Parag. 3 suggests seven areas that could be dangerous for employees to enter or go
near. What areas in your company are dangerous? How do you keep unauthorized
employees away from them?
e. Parag. 4. Apply the RADAR questions to these suggestions for ways of warning
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