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standards and not on the basis of their own personal judgment. Write down the
procedures and instructions for each set of operations. These should cover:
a. The materials, facilities, equipment and tools to be used.
b. The actions to be carried out in the operation.
c. The specific points to be noted during work.
7. In one company, for example, pre-operation inspections for forklifts are conducted
before the start of operations each day. However, employees are permitted to conduct
the inspections for the next day at the end of their work if their work allows. When
inspections show that machines and equipment are unfit for use until they have been
repaired, employees must put up a “Use forbidden” notice and ask management to
bring in someone to repair them.
Figure 7.4b Pre-operation inspection records
8. In this example the following points are observed:
a. Sheets for pre-operation inspections are used to record the results of daily
inspections on a given machine for a period of three months.
b. Numbers appearing at the extreme left of the sheets represent dates. Numbers
provided across the sheets correspond to inspection items described at the top.
c. The check marks ?, ?, or “X” as prescribed in the margin of the sheets should be
entered in the boxes.
d. Boxes marked with the X or a triangle must be reported to those in charge of forklift
management (team leaders and others) for immediate repair request.
e. Those in charge of the management of the machines conduct the inspections and
record the results.
f. The inspection sheets will normally be bound as a book and looked after by those in
charge. Unit 7 - Safety 14 A Roadmap to Quality 05-87581_unit 7.qxd 01/08/2006 10:58 Page 15 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. Parag. 1 gives three types of safety control systems. Give two or three examples of
how each of these might be applied in your company.
b. Parag. 2. How many of these items do you already have regulations for. Which items
on the list do you feel you should have new or revised regulations for?
c. Parag. 2: How would you carry out a thorough review of the safety regulations for
each of these items? What help would you need in doing so?
d. Parag.4 gives six categories where safety standards should be established. Which of
these are relevant to you? What others would you add to the list? How would you go
about establishing such standards? What resources would you need?
e. Parag. 5. Apply the RADAR questions to these proposals for providing education and
training in the standards.
f. Parag. 6: Does it often happen in your company that employees ignore the
standards for performing operations and do them the way they think best? Is this a
problem? If so, how do you deal with it?
g. Parag. 6: Discuss the points that you would include in written procedures and
operator instructions for a typical group of operations.
h. Parags. 7 and 8 give an example of regulations for inspecting forklifts before
operating them. Could these be applied to any of the machines in your company?
Would you make any changes to them? What difficulties might you meet, and how
would you deal with them? Action plan
Draw up an action plan for improving safety regulations and standards in your company.
You might like to follow the 6-Point Structure. Alternatively you may choose to prepare one
action plan when you have discussed several texts. A Roadmap to Quality 15 Unit 7 - Safety 05-87581_unit 7.qxd 01/08/2006 10:58 Page 16 7.5 Set up safety committees and patrols
1. There are two valuable organisational measures that a company can take to maintain a
high level of safety:
a. Set up a safety committee.
b. Run safety patrols. Set up a safety committee
2. A primary function of a safety committee is to discuss countermeasures and recurrence
prevention measures whenever an accident occurs or some danger emerges. The key
a. Members of the committee hold a meeting within 24 hours of an accident. The
secretariat of the business facility should take part, and report the discussions to the
committee in charge at that facility. (A business facility is any building or site in which
a company carries out its operations.)
b. Ask the question “Why did those involved act in that way?” rather than “Why did it
c. Gather only information relevant to the identification of the cause of the accident avoid theoretical judgments based on previous experience.
d. Do not interrupt explanations given by the individuals in charge of the sections where
accidents occurred. Listen carefully to what they have to...
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