Accordingto Stalnaker, safety professionals are of great importance to anorganization in investigating incidents as well as providingresolutions of the associated causes. Goetsch (2015) supportsStalnaker stating that it is important for these professionals totake their roles seriously, as the modern safety and healthprofessional is more challenging and essential. Organizations, on theother hand, need to put extra resources in training, especially onbasic safety-related issues of the employees. The paper critiquesKeith Stalnaker’s article ‘TheSafety Professional’s Role in Corrective Action Management’through summary, article’s relation to book ‘TheBasics of Occupational Safety’by Goetsch, and personal opinions.
Stalnakerlooks at how safety professionals influence corporate decisionmaking, budgets, and corporate goals. According to the article, onekey role of safety professionals is incident investigations. However,during the investigations, various activities take place, among thembeing a follow-up on corrective actions, to ensure their inclusionand filing the incident report, and any other supporting informationto facilitate future use and retrieval (Stalnaker,2000).As illustrated in the article, follow-ups and filing are oftenomitted or completed in a haphazard manner, thus preventing acomprehensive investigation. For corrective actions to be effective,it is crucial that they are implemented as detailed in theinvestigation report. The best way of ensuring that the correctiveactions are implemented as illustrated by Stalnaker is to go look.The double check is essential as one get feedbacks which can help inthe modification of the actions. Safety excellence involvesfollow-ups that help a manager to learn from mistakes in order toprevent occupational injuries. A filing is another important skill inmanagement. According to Stalnaker, good filing assists in easyinformation retrieval in the future. All corrective actions should,for example, be indexed. The article emphasizes that another key roleof a safety professional is to prevent recurrence of an injuries ordamages. In order to succeed in this task, these professionals needfactual information on past events. Only a complete and safely keptfile can provide this safety information. Poor filing or lack ofcomplete investigation records are a danger to occupational safety.Apart from filing, file storage is also crucial. Files should remainin a secure location free from damage. Proper storage helps in thetracking and management of corrective actions, which can bechallenging, especially when a large number of actions are involved.The importance of corrective action management is avoiding costswhich come with the failure to manage the actions. For example, afailure to have an effective action program may attract a fine ofaround $2.1 million by NRC (Nuclear Regulatory Commission)(Stalnaker,2000).
Accordingto the course textbook ‘TheBasics of Occupational Safety’,observing the basic safety-related needs of employees in a workplaceis essential. In addition, modern safety and health professional isbecoming of more importance and challenging. The failure to observethese needs lead to injuries, accidents, and compensations, whichbring losses to an organization. Goetsch’s concepts support thearticle as they both insist on the need to observe safety and health.The coming of technology has provided new roles to the safetyprofessionals. The book insists on maintenance of industrial hygieneand proper ways on hazard communications in workplaces, in order topromote safety-first corporate culture (Goetsch, 2015). The only wayto achieve this goal is through proper incidents investigation byensuring there are follow ups and proper information filing andstorage as illustrated in the article. Poor or incomplete safetyimplementations due to inadequate follow-up or lack of referencingmaterials due to ineffective filing will only make the modern safetyand health management more challenging. This will see a rise inaccidents, injuries, hazards, and deteriorating industrial hygiene.
Inthe article, Stalnaker emphasizes that incident investigation is ofnecessity for safety corrective actions to work. A properinvestigation involves frequent follow-up and reliable filing. Followup enables one to obtain feedbacks that help in the modification of asafety program. Good filing and storage ensure that all necessaryinformation regarding a given accident is available in future. Italso prevents a recurrence that might result due to the repetition ofpast mistakes. Filing ensures that factual information regarding anincidence is stored for many years without loss or damage, thuskeeping safety related information to help different generations.Filing and follow up are one of the steps of corrective actionmanagement. The reason why corrective action management is importantin occupational safety is to avoid losses that result from damages orinjuries. Maintaining the safety of many employees has become achallenge in recent times. People are encountering new machines orequipment to operate as a result of innovations, leading to newemerging issues in safety and health professional. Organizations needto put extra resources in safety and health improvements by ensuringcomplete detailed incident reports. They also need to adopt properinformation filing and storage methods to ensure development in theoccupational safety areas. Safety professionals also need adequatetraining to help them investigate and implement corrective actionseffectively.
Goetsch,D .L. (2015). The basics of occupational safety (2nd ed.). UpperSaddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.
Stalnaker,C. K. (2000). The safety professional`s role in corrective actionmanagement. ProfessionalSafety, 45(6),37.