When you think preparedness what do you think of? First thing that pops into my head is hurricane season, evacuations, wild fires; national preparedness month is September which falls in line with that way of thinking, but where does that leave your preparedness plan for the rest of the year? Preparedness really should be a yearlong, continuous effort; awareness of your local conditions and the steps your facility can take to protect your business assets against any dangers.
Winter, summer, spring and fall, they all bring with them causes for concern.
Fall: Leaves change, compliance stays the same? As summer says farewell, many start preparing for the back half of the year. Pushing to finish out strong and don’t forget inventory, leading to higher stress levels, longer hours and quite possibly more mistakes? Minds are tired, and rushed; a dangerous cocktail when it comes to protecting against real hazards that pop up when corners are cut. It’s almost the holiday season so we rush to get everything done, and work on.
Winter: the biggie. Blizzards, icy condition, and the sheer weight of snow pile up and where to put it all, as temperatures plunge to new found lows. Driving is dangerous and heck even walking is a hassle. Muscles are achy, people are sick and more often than not just in a cold mood. Still we find ways to deal and work on.
Spring: Hibernation to full court press. It’s been a long cold hard winter no doubt, but here comes rain, and a lot of it. When’s the last time you backed up your important files. Leaky roof, slips, trips, and falls, and processes in need of maintenance all in the name of “spring cleaning”. As your facilities prepare for a summer that passes in the blink of an eye, there is so much work to do to get production moving. In the name of driving revenue we prepare and work on.
Summer: Hot, Hot, Hot! We’re talking heat stress, and driving dangers behind the wheel and on the sidewalk. Working in direct sunlight leads to total body exhaustion, not to mention heightened risks for skin cancer, dehydration at the very least. All of this while more people are driving, it is the prime time for road work, and therefore more accidents on the roads, recently hitting dangerous highs not seen since 2007. It’s summer though and the sun is out, so we suck it up enjoy it while it lasts and work on.
Before you know it you’re back at where you began and it’s time to do it all again. The point being there is no single time in the year when a facility should focus on “preparedness” because it is marked on a calendar. In every safety meeting make it a point to go over preparedness tactic for your facility and the season of safety that you are in.
How are you keeping your facility prepared all year round?