What To Do: Updating Vestigial Practices

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What To Do: Updating Vestigial Practices

By Phil LaDuke who says:

Recently I wrote an article that suggested that we needed to end vestigial practices, i.e. those practices that our organizations continued to do even though they have long since ceased to add value or even make sense. After reading the article, several long-time readers suggested that I include a list of things we SHOULD be doing instead of these practices. I hope you will give it a read and let me know what you think, but also, I am curious to hear what practices you see in your organization (safety or otherwise) that are vestigial and how you would recommend things be done.
And I would also like to thank each and every one of you who read my posts (whether you comment on them or not) for your patience and support.

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Sadly, most audits conducted today focus almost exclusively on compliance to the exclusion of performance and, more importantly, risk.  While compliance is important, it’s not the only important element of our safety management system.  Audits need to be more balanced and more focused on the practices that put people at risk, irrespective of whether or not a law has been broken.  When I am conducting a performance audit too often people ask, “what’s the rule?” or “what is the government requirement?” These people are missing the point, it is more important to understand the areas of the operation that pose the greatest threat to worker safety than it is to check the compliance box.  Compliance audits are lagging indicators, but performance audits are both lagging AND leading indicators.  The amount of useful information gleaned from performance audits are exponentially higher than audits that focus too heavily on compliance.

Phil LaDuke

Phil LaDuke

Principle and Partner at ERM
Phil LaDuke
Phil La Duke is a principle and partner in Environmental Resources Management (ERM) a leading global provider of environmental, health, safety, risk, and social consulting services. With over 140 offices in 40 countries and nearly 6,000 top professionals, ERM can help you wherever you find yourself doing business. At ERM we are committed to providing a service that is consistent, professional, and of the highest quality to create value for our clients. Over the past five years we have worked for more than 50% of the Global Fortune 500 delivering innovative solutions for business and selected government clients helping them understand and manage the sustainability challenges that the world is increasingly facing. Phil works primarily in the Performance and Assurance practice at ERM; a speaker, author, consultant, trainer, provocateur…Phil La Duke wears many hats. As an expert in safety, training, organizational development, and culture change, Phil and ERM can help you motivate your workforce, conduct safety performance assessments, help you to build robust training infrastructures, craft interventions to improve how your work place values safety, provide insights to your executive staff, and craft and execute business solutions. If you’re interested in what Phil La Duke and ERM can do for you, or if you would like to inquire about employment opportunites at ERM, contact Phil at phil.laduke@erm.com

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