Case Study #1
It's 7:45 am and operations manager Tim Brown has been placed with a difficult task of getting rid of two gas cylinder tanks before the two Continental Mutual Insurance representatives arrive at noon to inspect the warehouse. It is important that all employees including mangers understand and accept responsibility for the failure to meet safety, and storage guidelines which are important to the company.
Immediately after leaving Virgil's office I went back to my office, and searched the internet to find phone numbers for gas inspectors that could be there within the hour to determine what type of gas we are dealing with in the warehouse. I also decided to look up safety precautions on how to handle the gas cylinders. I found safety guidelines from the American Welding Society. I requested my assistant to print, laminate, and post up precautionary signs throughout the warehouse. I realized that there were various steps on how to store the gas cylinders, so I gathered the warehouse employees to discuss the safety precautions. The most important rule I pointed out to the employees was to " wear protective footwear, safety glasses and heavy gloves." The other safety precautions I further explained were about how to handle physical damage, valve hazard, tipping, falling and valve leakage. All of these elements could be harmful to the environment. Once the meeting with the employees adjourned, I returned to report my progress to Virgil.
The Boss of a company should set an example of leadership to their mangers & employees. If I was in Virgil's shoes the conversation with Tim Brown should have began with ensuring all employees understood the safety guidelines. I should have taken the necessary steps to put a planned agenda in place based on the failed inspection last year. The proper materials should have been available at all times and monthly safety inspections should have been conducted....