LIFE: Life-altering Injury and Fatality Elimination
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Here at HSI we have a goal, and it’s to return all employees home safely at the end of each day. One of the ways we can accomplish this is by working together to build a culture of safety.
To achieve a culture of safety in the workplace, we’ve created guidelines that focus on ensuring the integrity of our safety processes. These guidelines were created by identifying the top 12 risk factors that lead to serious injuries and fatalities in the workplace. After identifying the risks we’ve outlined the hazards and defined the minimum requirements needed to eliminate them. We call these our LIFE (Life-altering Injury and Fatality Elimination) guidelines.
The LIFE guidelines help increase awareness, identify key hazards and reinforce important safety requirements. The guidelines were developed by Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) leaders around the world to ensure that the key hazards and minimum requirements needed to perform them safely, were properly defined.
The LIFE guidelines do not replace site safety rules or local regulations. Local site policies and operating procedures provide detailed requirements on the most safe and efficient way to perform a task and specify the exact methods that must be followed at each site. For example, a task may require a location-specific work permit with defined levels of permission before work can begin.
We do however believe the LIFE guidelines are a great place to start. Every job can be done safely by identifying and eliminating the risk factors, but if incidents do happen, learn from them and prevent them in the future.
We hope our LIFE guidelines will help you send each employee home safely every day. Here are the top 12 key hazards and requirements we’ve identified in our LIFE guidelines for building a culture of safety.
12 High Risk Activities:
1. Motor Vehicle – Traffic Safety
2. Working at height
3. Mobile Powered Equipment
4. Lockout Tagout – Energy Isolation
5. Electrical Work
6. Confined Space Entry
7. Bulk Material Handling and Storage
8. Railcar Safety
9. Excavation and Trench Work
10. Lifting and Rigging Protection
11. Hazardous Materials
12. Hot Work