Guest post from Karl Cameron who says: “While I was in the process of tackling my latest further education project – Diploma Food Safety. I encountered some relevant concepts and I would like to submit the following for sharing with other Safety Professionals”
Potential Incident Identification
As a Safety Diagnostician you will have to continually analyse and make judgment calls about what to do when issues or incidents occur and or could occur. You will have to decide what actions to take, if any. The process of identifying potential incidents is based on your knowledge and understanding of the likelihood of something occurring and its possible severity or effect. Before you can plan for a critical event, you must have at least considered the possibility of its existence.
It is very closely linked into the understanding of hazards in your workplace and knowing your raw materials, the manufacturing process, product, suppliers, and people working with the product and every stage of its production. The essential keys to quickly identifying a potential incident are knowledge, communication, training, and vigilance. Since you will be the one responsible for deciding upon and coordinating actions when a problem develops, communication between you and your colleagues is essential to keep all informed about what is going on or has been revealed.
As a Safety Diagnostician – Anticipate the Worst – Prepare/Plan for it – then move on.
I can assure you, something is only RARE or Unlikely, until it is happening to you – then its an Epidemic.
You are far better to have an unused documented plan in place, than have to explain after the event, just why you could not take the trouble to do something.