Substandard Conditions - hazards of the business Environment
Substandard conditions may lead to an accident, incident or other unwanted event.
These substandard conditions could be created by various people at various levels in the organization; close to
the unwanted event or further upstream. By operational personnel, management or staff and related to such areas
as design and modification, purchasing, inspections and maintenance.
Substandard conditions may be present from the start of an undertaking or develop
over time due to lack of proper modification management procedures, inspection or maintenance simply because
management and supervision allow such conditions to exist.
guards or barriers
inadequate or personal protection
tools, equipment or materials
tools not available
/ restricted action
design of workplace
atmospheric conditions: fumes, dusts, vapors
One of the main functions of management is to control loss
To close the gap between "practice" and "theory"
Between "substandard" how it is and "standard" how it should be
Substandard conditions or situations may exist because use (i) they are
designed that way, (ii) there is no proper management of change program, (iii) they are not corrected when
found, (iv) there is no proper inspection program to find the substandard conditions, (v) there is no
housekeeping program, (vi) substandard conditions are being tolerated by supervision and management, (vii) they
are seen as "part of the job", etcetera.
Substandard conditions or situations can be found during investigation of accidents
or other type of unwanted events as indicated in your accident or unwanted event protocol and leading to remedial
actions to correct the situations.
Inspection programs may reveal substandard conditions or they may be found during
normal procedures such as work permits or Last Minute Risk Assessment (LMRA).
Substandard conditions may also be considered incident or accident imaging asking the "what if" questions.