Safety and performance go hand in hand. This has always been the case in the world of industry and is even more so in the emerging industry, industry 4.0, where the working environment is constantly changing and requirements are constantly increasing. Continuous improvement therefore also requires the analysis, prevention and treatment of various types of risks facing organizations.
Ensure the safety of employees
In the industry, whatever the continuous improvement strategy implemented and applied, there is an essential component to safety.
It is indeed inconceivable for a company to operate normally and, a fortiori, to want to be efficient, without taking into account the potential risks associated with its activity.
This concerns first of all the safety of operators and staff in general. It is undeniable that by ensuring that the working environment is safe from any danger (falling objects, falling from the operator himself, exposure to toxic substances or fumes, risk of electrocution, etc.), we can reduce work accidents and therefore absenteeism. However, we know that absenteeism is one of the worst enemies of performance and a powerful brake on continuous improvement.
On the other hand, the operator cannot be asked to be productive and feel fully involved in his mission if he does not feel safe.
Specified in writing and integrated into the company’s industrial documentation, the procedures are now dematerialized in a logic of continuous improvement.
The digitization of procedures, which describe in particular the organizations, working methods, operators and services concerned and the tools to be deployed, makes them more efficient and at the same time helps to protect employees, information and means of production.
The procedures include safety measures to be applied on a daily basis and in the event of an incident. Digitized, they are easier to transmit, update and protect against destruction or loss, whether accidental or resulting from malicious action.
Adapt communication tools and media
While written instructions are important and even indispensable, visual elements have an even greater impact because they promote understanding and arouse interest.
Focused on visual perception, visual management tools are designed to improve communication with the various actors in the company. A simple example is a panel used to facilitate periodic meetings within the workshop on key topics, including personal safety and performance. Brief but regular sessions where relevant indicators are analyzed and instructions are given to enable teams to stay on track with the objectives set.
Visual management emphasizes the simplification of information, its readability and availability, placing it at the service of safety in particular and continuous improvement in a more global way.