September 26, 2016

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Martyn Harvey

Martyn Harvey

At Safety Network Live, launching tomorrow in 3M’s innovative offices in Bracknell, attendees will have the opportunity to learn how to revolutionise behavioural safety in the workplace.

Martyn Harvey, an environment, health and safety coordinator at 3M will be explaining Think for 30 (TF-30) – a programme used in 3M’s UK factories to encourage employees to stop and think about a few important questions before carrying out task.

TF-30 is designed to trigger at thought-process, so that when employees start a new task they consider four crucial aspects to ultimately protect their and their colleagues’ safety.

The first three questions should encourage them to stop, think and work out a plan before starting the job. With question four, the employee should be challenged on their overall understanding of the task, hazard awareness, as well as being encouraged to plan to make sure they have sufficient controls to allow the task to be carried out safely.

Before starting a task every employee should consider:

  • Do I understand the task?
  • Am I aware of the hazards?
  • Do I have a plan for the task?
  • Does the plan have sufficient controls to eliminate or reduce the risk?

And it is vital that they can confidently answer ‘yes’ to each of these questions or they could potentially be putting themselves at risk.

While these may seem like obvious things to consider, if someone is about to attempt a task which is completely new to them, they may not have considered all the risk factors. Or, if it is something they do on a regular basis, they may enter autopilot mode and be less aware of any potential issues.

During his session at Safety Network Live, held in partnership with SHP, Martyn will be highlighting the benefits of the programme, so that the audience can consider whether they can implement it successfully in their own workplace.

Speaking ahead of the event, Martyn said: “TF-30 can be used effectively to encourage a safety culture in your workplace and ensure your employees leave each day as healthy as when they came in.

“What’s great about TF-30 is it only asks for a very small investment of a person’s time, but can have huge benefits – and not only in the workplace. People can take these principles away with them and use them in their personal lives.”

Find out more about TF-30 by coming along to the session at Safety Network Live.

The event will be taking place at 3M’s headquarters in Bracknell, Berkshire, tomorrow: Tuesday 27 September 2016 and at Old Trafford, Manchester on Tuesday 4 October.

Register for your place at Safety Network Live.

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4 years ago

This is all well and good but people operate in autopilot. Especially when doing rudimentary tasks. ○ People new to task dont always fully appreciate the hazards. They then continue to ‘get the job done’ because they want to provide a solution. ○ I think H&S “professionals” forget that they are dealing with human beings. We rebel against rules and authority, if we don’t know something then we try and figure it out, hazards are rarely thought about. ○ This behavioural type safety for me is about putting the onus on the employee. Sure we need responsibilty and accountablity but… Read more »