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Saving The Planet
Long term viewers at home will know that as rule, Uncle Stevie usually bangs on about saving workers from an untimely demise, so this post will be a little surprise, but it is connected (by a long thread maybe)
If you are thinking about buying some new major electrical appliances, getting an EV, having a PV/Solar power supply installed,doing electrical upgrades to your house (or business) or building a new house, and/or just want to do your bit to save the planet,then this is for you.
Courtesy of ECCA there is a Publicly Available Standard (PAS) that deals with how you can do this, the title is SNZ PAS 6012:2022, and it's available for free download from Standards New Zealand
PAS 6012:2022, is intended to guide electricity consumers, publicly facing businesses, and suppliers of Smart Home equipment and services, to adopt a best practice approach on their journey to a New Zealand network of Smart Homes. It is designed to become a single touch point document, where all relevant general Smart Home information is contained, and will also provide signposts to more detailed information.
So if you want to get some background on turning your house into a Smart House, this is a great primer to know what questions to ask, things to consider etc etc, download it now and enjoy some bedtime reading.
And the connection between between this and worker safety? Quite apart from leaving a healthy planet for future workers, if you have a home PV system or an EV Charger that is capable of back feeding the grid, these need to be connected so as to prevent your installation from feeding the grid in a supply outage and thereby endangering the lives of lines teams working on the problem.
Why have a sign in sheet?
When I was an inspector I was handed many a piece of paper and equally found many pieces of paper to be absent - I was able to 'prove' the event based on interviews and verification of the interviewees information by interviewing others and the examination of other facts. The piece of paper makes people more comfortable, however it is not a mark of quality.
Again, I'm not advocating for abolishing the sign in sheet (or any other piece of paper), rather the critical examination of the purpose and functionality. The piece of paper can very quickly become perceived as more important, creating an illusion of safety.
Why have a sign in sheet?
I went into a department store the other day. The site was full of hazardous objects - knives, glass up on shelves, unsupported racking, trip hazards and no pedestrian management. All the movement corridors were designed to draw people deeper into the retail areas, while prevent a direct exit pathway. And lots of young children. Probably a staff:customer ratio of 1:100. No sign in sheet, no induction, training or site orientation.
Site sign sheets / systems do have a place, however they are commonly used zealously without critical thought. WHY are we requiring people to sign in? And if it is essential that we know who is on site, how does the system, from sign in to sign out function, is it robust and will it work? If it is required for an emergency evacuation, is there a single assembly point and how reliable is it that everyone will report there (versus folk wondering off to a cafe). A system that creates an illusion is often more problematic (dangerous?) than the original situation - as clearly demonstrated by
2007 Warwickshire Fire example.
A couple of scenerios I've considered where 'Sign-in' is beneficial:
Where the site is access restricted for specific security requirements (think bank, prison, laboratory)
When specific site related information, orientation and / or practices must be shared (the traditional contractor induction)
Where the emergency evacuation has a level of complexity that an untrained / unaccompanied person wouldn't know how to respond.
Where there are multiple entry / exit points and a sign-in system is required, the entry / exit points need to actively communicate between each other.
A simple piece of paper or screen tick of the box doesn't provide a lot of rigor / quality to many of these in my experience. It becomes more of a record that the 'conversation and checks' may have occurred. The behavior of the person meeting and greeting the visitor or guest (organizational cultural) is so much more important. And a comprehensive, multi layered clearance plan representative of the nature of a 'reasonable to expect' emergency (imagine designing the fire evacuation plan for a prison).
Staff and H&S Rep Recognition
Maybe not quite what you are looking for; I implemented this around four years ago.
Anyone on site (commercial construction) can issue a "safety plus card" whenever they see something or someone does something good.
The card is in two parts, one half for the staff receiving the card to have and one part for the issuer to write the receiver's name and what was seen/done. This part of the card is then given to the site manager.
Each week, at the toolbox talk, all returned cards are talked about, and everyone who got a card gets a chocolate fish.
Each month, all cards are put in a "hat", and one card is drawn out. the winner receives a $200 grocery voucher or meat pack
Having a chocolate inspired weekly prize removes the incentive to do it for the prize, and any suggestion of favouritism is removed by randomly drawing the monthly winner. the best sites give out 15-20 chocolate fish each week (most sites have over 100 people on them)
The sites that use the system also get effective two-way communication at the toolbox talks. the banter and feedback a chocolate fish creates is quite incredible!
Staff and H&S Rep Recognition
Tried it. Dropped it. Never doing it that way again.
Workers - regardless of the role or position - started to focus on the prize rather than the activity. Lost the plot.
If - and it's a big if - I was asked to consider it again, my suggestion would be donating whatever to a charity or not-for-profit organisation selected by the worker/workers with points given or removed when activities are achieved or missed. That way the eye is still on the activity with the prize a helping bonus for others.
Just my 2 cents.
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