Review Employee’s Actions & Performance (REAP)
REAP provides Walsh Construction and Archer Western with a system that actively involves management in the safety process. It helps to reinforce our philosophy that we have to strive for completing projects where “No One Gets Hurt.” It also sends the message that we will not compromise on safety for production or schedule. REAP generates involvement in the safety process and is a tool for management to build relationships with our greatest asset, our people.
By being actively involved with the REAP program, our management team members will learn to improve communication skills so that employees will always make the safe choice. REAP training will assist in helping us to focus not only on unsafe conditions, but more importantly, on at-risk behaviors. When properly implemented by a project team, REAP will reduce the number of exposures to both unsafe conditions and at-risk behaviors so that the likelihood of an incident occurring is reduced.
Objectives of REAP
- Increase safety awareness between employees; Safety for Self – Safety for Others.
- Improve communication throughout our operations.
- Improve supervisory and management skills.
- Identify future training needs (Safety and Production).
- Reduce unsafe acts and/or conditions and resulting injuries and illnesses by over 50%, annually.
- Lower Worker’s Compensation costs for our industry.
Principles of REAP
- People are the most important part of any Safety and Health Program.
- Incidents (injury, illness, auto, equipment, etc.) are preventable.
- Safety is everyone’s responsibility.
- Management is accountable for safety performance.
- Training is an essential element of an industry leading safety program.
- Preventing injuries and illnesses is good business for everyone.
- Safe work practices need to be reinforced, and unsafe acts and conditions need to be corrected in a timely manner.
- Safety is a condition of employment; if you cannot work safely, you cannot work here.
- Supervisory and craft employee attitude, motivation and “buy-in”
- Personal Responsibility – Safety for Self - Safety for Others
- Safety and Health Policy and Procedures
- Planning safety into our operations
- Communication of performance
Leadership is defined as “to go before, and show the way.” In safety, leadership provides the motivation for others to achieve the goal of working injury and incident free. Throughout the balance of REAP Training, we will refer to the act of leadership as Active Safety Leadership. There are many ways that each of us can demonstrate Active Safety Leadership during our normal job duties, some of which include:
When active safety leadership is demonstrated, there can be a reduction in unsafe acts and conditions and their related outcomes of injuries and incidents. Additionally, when you demonstrate active safety leadership, you move from the role of watchdog to coach, and everyone’s job satisfaction improves.
Summary of REAP
When applied through active safety leadership, the principles of the REAP Program can help to produce a work environment free of injuries and other incidents of loss. It is important to remember that REAP exists in all well managed operations because it helps:
- Increase safety awareness among all employees.
- Instill personal accountability for safety by creating an atmosphere in which all injuries and incidents of loss are considered preventable.
- Organize all levels of the project management team in the common cause of Safe Production.
- Reduce the frequency of unsafe acts and conditions in the work environment by 50 – 60 %.
- Improve productivity and profit.