Overwhelmed by Zero harm? Read this 11 Shocking facts behind Zero harm (A Must read for Safety Managers)

Achieving zero harm is the motto of HSE, but Does it possible.

If Possible, How?

Till we realize the facts, we could never achieve it.





The Major industries invest a lot to achieve "zero harm", Does it possible?

If you are overwhelmed that you have achieved "Zero harm" in your Industry, you must be read these shocking principles that you should realize before causing a harm.

Here I have listed you, 11 Shocking and factual reasons that make zero harm final declarations difficult.

1.Accidents are Unplanned: 


The Accidents are unplanned, the prime obstacle, which makes the zero harm difficult. Till the safety practitioners realize this simple principle, there won't be real zero harm. There are always a ways to reduce the residual risks. and there are always the chances for accidents. 

The Risk will never be zero. 

The Zero harm could never be finalized. 


2.Everyone is Unique:

Every one in this world is unique, and every human is having a different character, attitude, beliefs, and perceptions.

Every body in the organization, will not understand the safety principles in the same way. 

The Zero harm is only possible when the safety principles are developed with varying characters in mind. 

And developing a safety principle, that suits to every person in the industry, is really a major challenge.

3.The Peoples Move, Move & Move always 

The employees will move often and there always be a staff turn over rate in the industries. 

There always an involvement of trainees, visitors, customers in the industries. 

The Industries are facing huge difficulties to control the staff turn over rates, and when the employees move and competency gaps exists the chance of harm is also increasing.

Which makes the things harder.

4.There is No 100 % Competence

The things will change and there always an improvement. A method which is safe today will be ineffective when the condition changes.

  • The Equipment's will worn by use
  • The methods will lose their effectiveness.

Remember: Irrespective of the nature of the job, always there will be competency gaps that need to be identified and filled. 

5.The Risk is Never Zero :

 Even after the implementation of all the controls, always the residual risk will present, and the probability of accidents will never be zero. 

When there is a risk, there will be a risk of harm.

6.Eliminating all the hazards are not possible


We can replace one hazard with another type, for example, manual handling replaced with mechanical lifting and handling. 

But Industry will always have a hazard and hazardous interactions which can cause harm. 

7.Really, We are Working on most hazardous Industry:


All the Actions in HSE is planned as per the current scientific evidence, technologies, studies and the current legal requirements which are subject to change. 

The Asbestos which used, years ago, is now determined as most hazardous, As days move and the technology improves, the results of research will prove that, 

The Methods, substances and equipment's we adopted are most hazardous.


8.The People's cannot be programmed

Can you assure? that you will do the job in the same way till your Death / entire work cycle. 

The human behavior will change and will not be same in all the situations. 

The Behavior of the human/work force is the outcome of various inputs like work rate, work relationship, personal situation and etc. 

The Human errors could never be eliminated, and the peoples cannot be programmed. 

9.No Controls are 100 % Effective:

  • We cannot eliminate the entire hazards in industry
  • The Engineering controls will fail by time and poor design, manufacturing & maintenance 
  • The Training may not influence all the attendees
  • The PPE will not prevent the accidents
  • There is no guarantee for Safety Signs
All the controls, we employed are having their merits and limitations which must be identified and used with an account of that. 

10.The Harms are Hidden :


You may declare that you achieved a Zero harm, but you could never guarantee that all the incidents are reported. 

The Statistics says the workforce is more tend to hide the minor injuries.

Till the 100 % reporting achieved, the zero harm is not possible.

11.Zero harm is never Finalized :


Zero harm is never finalized, till the operations take place and industries run, there always chances for harm. 

You Could never give a final declaration for "Zero harm" 

Simply, Zero harm is an aim, which has no endings & time scale.



Conclusion: The Risk of harm always exists and we could never decide, that we have achieved the zero harm, and it has never ended. The Human behavior is the major obstacle that stands before the zero harm. Finally, celebrate the "Zero harm" you have achieved, but never get satisfied with the temporary results.

Drop Your Views about Zero harm & Zero Accidents in comments.

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