Safety or productivity

04 Dec 2015 7:22 PM | John Heap (Administrator)

There seems to be, in some people's eyes, a dichotomy between safety and productivity.


The former is regarded as a compliance issue - a chore, a headache, an imposition - a drain on productivity.


Of course it partly depends on how safety is treated as an issue. Those who have used poka-yoke as an error-reducing technique will realise that it can also be used as an accident-reducing technique ... so that it makes a process both safer and more productive at the same time.  In fact this is the best way to address safety - every time we reduce the chance of an accident or other safety incident, we reduce value losses.


So it is definitely not a case of 'either/or' but a vase of 'both together' - making what we do both safer and more productive.  Any other approach is unthinkable.


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