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Gap Analysis

Gap Analysis

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GAP ANALYSIS IDENTIFIES AREAS FOR SAFETY IMPROVEMENT & CORRECTION

An often-cited adage in safety management – one that’s very apt indeed – is that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Prevention, therefore, is the key to creating and maintaining a culture of safety in your organization or at your worksite. A major component of prevention is identifying areas of concern when it comes to potential safety hazards and areas for improvement. This process is called Gap Analysis.

Gap analysis is, at its essence, a comparison of current conditions & practices against accepted standards and best practices. This comparison allows you to identify gaps in safety standards, leading to a more accurate assessment of the specific and actionable steps you can take to ensure full compliance with safety standards & regulations, as well as what you can do to go above and beyond in being a safety leader.

Failure to comply with safety regulations can lead to a whole host of negative consequences, from citations and fines for violations to accidents and injuries. Thus the need for prevention measures, with the goal being to avoid violations and accidents by creating safer working conditions. Safety training is, of course, a vital part of any prevention plan. So is a gap analysis, as it not only lets you know what to change in the systems, processes and physical environment of your workplace; it can also lead to improvements in your safety training programs.

The safety of your workplace cannot be overlooked - a safe work environment is a profitable and productive one. Time and money is not lost to preventable illnesses and injuries, and workers respond well to improvements in workplace safety standards.

Advanced Consulting & Training offers expert gap analysis help, with the aim of improving and optimizing health and safety conditions at your place of work. We have years of experience performing gap analyses across a wide range of companies and industries, so you know you have expert guidance helping you improve the safety conditions in your company.

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Being able to perform a proper, effective and well-informed gap analysis is the only way of ensuring that the analysis will yield the right results. In order for a gap analysis to be successful, you will be faced with you “need to hear” in order to make the necessary corrections & improvements. An effective gap analysis must involve a thorough and honest look at the current situation in your company.

Advanced Consulting & Training, a leader in safety training and consulting across Ontario, is well versed and highly experienced in performing gap analyses, as well as in working with clients to develop and enhance their own gap analysis methods. We make the process more understandable and less overwhelming, allowing you to effectively move forward with safety improvements.

For your gap analysis, you will want to have a thorough and well-documented plan and checklist in place before setting out on the investigation and analysis phases. Knowing what to look for is equally as important, if not more so, as actually looking for it. That’s why performing your gap analysis with the help of proven experts is a way to ensure the best outcomes. The professionals at Advanced Consulting & Training know what to look for and the best steps towards rectifying it.

Make sure that your gap analysis plan includes a list of requirements. This is something that you’ll want to be compiling over time, assembling information from safety regulations and practices as well as from experience in your specific workplace. This will position you well to review all of your current practices for:

  • The right to know
  • The right to participate
  • The right to refuse dangerous work

When identifying gaps, any discrepancies are then used to point to process(es) that need to be fixed (e.g. quality management, internal audit, document control, etc.)

Contact us today to find out how we can help your organization enhance your workplace safety.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

A gap analysis is a process designed to promote safety and eliminate incidents in your business, leading to improved productivity and profitability. As the name hints, a safety gap analysis is designed to identify gaps between your current safety procedures and protocols and ideal safety standards.
A safety gap analysis involves several steps
  1. Identify the current state of safety in your organization In order to understand where to go, you first have to understand where you are. In this stage, a complete and honest look at your companies health and safety procedures must be examined.
  2. Identify where you want to be in your organization Once you have sorted out the big picture and fully understand how your business’ health and safety procedures work, you will have to decide where you want to be. Don’t be afraid to be ambitious, especially when it comes to health & safety in your workplace!
  3. Identify the gaps Once you have accurately identified your current situation and figured out where you would like to be in the future, now you will have to identify the gaps between the two. Make sure you choose the right gaps to close, and don’t get carried away trying to address too many at the same time. Prioritize the most important gaps that you need to close before moving onto other issues.
  4. Identify how to close the gaps Now that you’ve identified the gaps you are seeking to address, now come the time to create and implement a plan to bridge it. This involves concrete measures
Once you have completed a safety gap analysis, the next step is to put your plan into action! Make sure you don’t just leave your safety gap analysis on the shelf, it doesn’t do any good there. Make sure your plan is ambitious, but realistic. Make sure you don’t try and close too many gaps at once, as this can be extremely inefficient and will prevent real improvements from occurring.
A gap analysis can help us understand our current safety shortcomings and help us prioritize our needs and efforts to best address them. A gap analysis is designed to promote safety and eliminate incidents in your business, leading to improved productivity and profitability.

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