IT92 Industrial Safety Management <<>> Final Research Checklist Report
Description of Assignment
The purpose of the Email Stautus Report is to advise the teacher of your progress. Include the company/business/industry name, contact name(s) and phone number(s) at the site, a list of the people and their positions to be interviewed for the report, and a statement about what will make your checklist a unique and useful document.
The actual name of the company must be included in the Status Email and Final Report. If the company manger so requests it, privacy will be maintained and your Report will not be provided in whole or part to any third party. Similarly, the names, job positions and phone numbers or addresses will not be provided to any other person.
Pages 128-131 in our textbook provide examples, alternatives and discussions about what a Health & Safety Checklist might look like. Every company/business should have one specifically designed for their building/plant/office. These pages, together with other material you read in the textbook, workbook, chat and Safety Visit Discussion Boards, form the basis for your efforts in developing a unique and specific H&S Checklist for a company/business of your choosing.
You will need to have separate checklists for each area inspected. Consider that if you yourself were walking through the building, how would YOU mark the form or the washroom floor AND the walkway floor both being “wet?” To get a future action, there needs to be a way for your checklist to distinguish the two situations. As you walk through an area with a checklist on your clipboard, you want to be able to Look-See-Judge-Mark a checklist quickly and confidently. It the process is too slow a process, the checks will eventually stop being done.
You may select a new company/business or use one of the commercial/industrial sites you previously visited. You must prepare a customized Health and Safety Checklist that could actually be used by the business/company site. Early discussion with a manager/supervisor at the site is necessary to get approval to do an in-depth review. Discussions/interviews with workers are necessary to complete this assignment.
The Checklist itself may follow the format found in the textbook on pages 128-131 However, copying or simply restating this checklist is plagiarism. Develop the Checklist for a specific business/company site and reflect the unique characteristics and requirements of the business.
The body of the Final Research Checklist Report must describe these unique characteristics/ requirements, how you determined each, who was interviewed about each, and the conclusions/actions you consider necessary improvements or changes the business/company should implement. You must provide explanatory documentation as to how you developed the Checklist, why certain actions are proposed, and the regulatory basis for some of the requirements.
Your Conclusion/Summary might include a prioritized discussion on the actions needed by business/company. Think and write as if you are meeting a contractual requirement from the company/business to deliver a usable H&S Checklist. Do not include your personal observations about the assignment or experience.
The report must include the following identifiable sections:
Cover Page (business/company site, name of student, teacher and course number and name and date.
Table of Contents
Abstract (not more than one page with visit dates, people interviewed, broad conclusions)
Body (2,000-2500 words) that includes: Description and history of the business/company, visit report summaries, interview summaries, problems identified, corrective recommendations, lessons learned, etc., and overall conclusions concerning the H&S program.
References (include interviews)
Checklist (length based on site requirements)
Letter agreeing to implement your Checklist (use scanned copy if applicable)
Poor punctuation, spelling, grammar and sentence structure will decrease your grade. If you have any concerns, have your writing previewed at the Learning Resource Center. Use the MS Word grammar setup recommendation found in the Syllabus.
When not in conflict with the above formatting requirements, follow APA formatting guidelines
Two sample checklist reports are available for your information. These reports received grades of 90%.
The Internet is a source for sample checklists. Conduct searches with a particular type of manufacturing or business in mind.
Final Research Checklist Report Grading
Email Status Report accounts for 5% of your final course grade. Full credit requires complete adherence to the requirements of the first two paragraphs of this task description.
The Final Report accounts for 23% of your final grade – 9% for the contents and organization of the body of the paper, 9% for the uniqueness and usefulness of the Checklist, and 5% for format, spelling and grammar. Not correcting the grammar/spelling/style errors/issues identified when running the MS Word Spelling/Grammar Checker will reduce your earned grade by up to 50%.
If the Final Research Checklist Report is not submitted, students will receive an “F” grade for the course.
What follows is a set of comments provided to a prior IT92 class. At their suggestion, these comments are included in this task description for your consideration.
You might consider not trying to do a checklist for everything and every situation. The level of effort to do all might mean that you will not do a good job on any. Maybe there is a Part Time Job there?
Ask which Checklist would be the most helpful. The owners might have an idea, but even better would be to introduce yourself to several workers and ask them what might be helpful. Listen and think and decide on a plan, BUT be sure to get owner approval before you start.
Workers HATE writing up problems and writing down what needs to be done. First of all, they think no one will ever look at what they write. And truthfully, how do you recognize a problem if the description changes from worker to worker. Second, it takes a lot more time to fill out and might be difficult to read by management.
When you think about your Checklists, try some different approaches for recording. Here are some ideas, but you can think of others that might fit.
— If the reading is a number with a tolerance but Higher or Lower is the only real question, how about radio buttons (OK, Hi, Low) or maybe a picture of a Dial?
— People hate filling out numbers or adding words when they know that no one looks at it. So be SURE there is a tie-in with every piece of data/info you collect with someone responsible to actually look at it.
— If written responses are currently called for, look for a pattern of possible words or conditions. Checkboxes with an Other included might save the employee time and gain his/her gratitude for avoiding having to write the same set of words every day forever.
Making early conversation with the workers will set you up to ask more questions later.
If you think you want to include a number of “how to do…” material, this could be dangerous. Much like you or I can be sued if we give medical advice without a license, this could be close to the same thing. And, how are you going to be sure that the materials are up-to-date with the most recent OSHA cooking temperature (for example).
Not that it isn’t a bad idea – what about a twice-a-year checklist that reminds everyone to check a website or the state OSHA office or …???… where any updated information will be? Something to think about, anyway.
You may want to pick up a copy of existing checklists. Then, you might do some Internet searching for similar companies and do a comparison. You can then include this comparison in your report as you create a new and improved version. Just remember that there are “standard” requirements AND “local/company” standards to consider.
The body of the report can contain many possible sections. Some background on the company and the people you interviewed. How it was that this particular Checklist was selected. How you interviewed people and what help they provided. How key areas and items in your checklist track back to stuff in our textbook or in other OSHA (or …….) references. What process you went through in deciding to use a checkbox here, and a radio button there. Finally, comments from the owner about the usefulness of your Checklist.
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