Total Risk Reduction

There is no such thing as an unimportant thing or being. 

If you really want to reduce risk and improve on anything, you must consider everything in the process line or management structure. A key word is “TOTALITY”– end to end review.

A high tech iPad is of no use if you dispose of the simple charger. The most sophisticated motor vehicle is redundant without air to put in the tyres. An outstanding CEO is not outstanding without the rest of the company staff. Simple examples but you get the point!

Totality is what makes an item, process or operation subject to minimal negative risk. Outstanding management are not leaders but rather motivators. Give your staff the resources to manage and they will focus on risk.

The key risk for any CEO is simply giving staff the tools to do the job.

A CEO’s take on company Risk Measurement

A word from the CEO of Sancert on Risk Measurement

Leon Swart, CEO and founder of Sancert has been in the management industry for over 30 years as a business owner, offering products and services for ISO quality and risk management. 

I am always fascinated at how many large and small companies bog themselves down with flavour of the day business philosophy, guru idolism, quality and risk measurement tools followed by a string of meetings to discuss and plan. Surely all the energy, time, cost and outsourced fees for all the above should be considered a risk in itself?

If a company measures its wall to wall cost so it can determine an overall running cost per hour, then consider the time spent on all the above items- the investment will definitely astound you! Then consider that the investment is direct profit loss, meaning (in simple terms) if that cost is R50 000 and your profit margins are 25%, the next R200 000 of business just covered those internal costs. Plus, you have lost all the time spent making that profit.

I can’t tell you how many times I have seen top management in EXCO meetings debating a R20 000 expenditure for half an hour. Six top executives at a running cost to company of easily R2000 per half an hour is R12 000, and then of course that time is lost and cannot be spent on something else, so in essence R24 000 has been spent on a R20 000 decision.

So my argument is very simply put, but my point is; we spend way too much time and resources nowadays without actually understanding the cost. The real basics of a company is simply to make a profit.

That should be the only risk measured.

World Day for Safety and Health at Work on 28 April 2017

The annual World Day for Safety and Health at Work on 28 April 2017 promotes the prevention of occupational accidents and diseases globally. It is an awareness-raising campaign intended to focus international attention on the magnitude of the problem and on how promoting and creating a safety and health culture can help reduce the number of work-related deaths and injuries.

The ILO celebrates the World Day for Safety and Health at Work on the 28 April to promote the prevention of occupational accidents and diseases globally. It is an awareness-raising campaign intended to focus international attention on emerging trends in the field of occupational safety and health and on the magnitude of work-related injuries, diseases and fatalities worldwide.

With the celebration of the World Day for Safety and Health at Work, the ILO promotes the creation of a global preventative safety and health culture involving ILO constituents and all key stakeholders in this field. In many parts of the world, national authorities, trade unions, employers’ organizations and safety and health practitioners organize activities to celebrate this date. We invite you to join us in celebrating this significant day and share with us the activities you organize.

The 28 April is also the International Commemoration Day for Dead and Injured Workers organized worldwide by the trade union movement since 1996. Its purpose is to honour the memory of victims of occupational accidents and diseases by organizing worldwide mobilizations and awareness campaigns on this date.

In 2003, the ILO became involved in the April 28 campaign upon request from the trade union movement. While we honour injured and fallen workers, we appreciate and celebrate that these injuries and fatalities can be prevented and reduced, recognizing it as both a day for commemoration and celebration. Since 2003, the ILO observes the World Day on Safety and Health at Work on April 28 capitalizing on its traditional strengths of tripartism and social dialogue.

28 April is seen as a day to raise international awareness on occupational safety and health among trade unions, employers’ organizations and government representatives alike. The ILO acknowledges the shared responsibility of key stakeholders and encourages them to promote a preventive safety and health culture to fulfill their obligations and responsibilities for preventing deaths, injuries and diseases in the workplace, allowing workers to return safely to their homes at the end of the working day.

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Saiosh call on all Members to observe a minute of silence at 12:00 noon on 28 April 2017 in remembrance of persons that lost their lives in workplace accidents.

Source: SAIOSH