Surely lean is all about improving processes to cut costs and improve productivity?
Of course it is, but lean is really about engaging people for their ideas on contributing continual improvements in the workplace and whether it is productivity, quality or safety, members ideas are both valuable and relevant in the search for perfection.
When I was at Toyota, one of the many strategies we used as part of our Health & Safety improvement approach was KYT, Kiken Yochi Training (KYT) translated means Hazard Prediction Training.
In reality it is not training at all, but a routine daily activity focused on increasing member’s hazard awareness and the actions they can proactively take before the hazard even becomes an incident or near miss.
Lean engages and teaches members thinking patterns and KYT is a safety thinking pattern at its most proactive. KYT aims to cause thinking towards detecting local hazards and potential dangerous errors and to take personal responsibility for preventative actions. These routine engagements can be in the form of quick 5 minute team meetings around a flip chart focused on KYT, or as part of management’s shop floor staff interactions, when we used a very structured questioning approach that expanded the hazard awareness of our members and teams.
We recently introduced KYT style behavioural safety coaching with one of our clients who won the RoSPA Presidents Award and are currently experiencing a 15% reduction in minor injuries and hand injuries have halved this year following a focused expanded awareness coaching on hand based hazards.
In KYT, it is important to be able to sense the potential hazards around you and feel associated to them, through imagining the risk and the type of injury that is likely to happen. This then helps the team members to attach a more effective countermeasure to the potential injury that could occur from this kind of hazard.
All safety incidents, be they near miss’ or actual accidents fall under the two categories of members making errors through ignorance of the risks and hazards around them, or of members violating safety rules, and taking risks leading to incidents. Both these antecedents of a safety incident can be proactively addressed through expanded hazard awareness and structured and routine KYT or hazard prediction sessions.
“Awareness is the first step to change”
And if you use a KYT based strategy towards educating and enabling your staff to think in hazard eliminating patterns, you will both increase their hazard awareness and their understanding of what they can do to be more vigilant and proactive in preventing a hazard turning into an incident.
KYT is a relatively simple approach to implement, and if you want to know more about how to apply a KYT Behavioural Safety Strategy in your organization and reap the benefits of increased employee safety thinking, then contact us through the
“Ask Mike a Question” BOX on this page, and we will show you how.
Mike Denison, our Managing Director is speaking about Expanding Hazard Awareness in his session at the
RoSPA Occupational Safety & Health Congress in Hatfield’s London on 27th November 2013.
Come and say hello if you’re going and Mike has two very valuable free Safety Culture gifts for all who attend his session
“Creating a Safety Culture is Pure Psychology”
Creating a Safety Culture starts with getting inside the heads of your workforce.
Sharing lessons from Toyota’s hazard awareness process and learn how to build a model for safety thinking
Grow a Safety Mind-set through questions and enabling routine engagement.
Systemise your engagement and discover a model for creating a Safety Mind-set.