What’s Your Plant’s Rank on the Safety Maturity Index?

Rob Spiegel

November 18, 2013

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What’s Your Plant’s Rank on the Safety Maturity Index?

Rockwell Automation debuted its Safety Maturity Index (SMI) tool at the Rockwell Automation Fair in Houston this week. The free tool is a self-guided assessment that gives manufacturers visibility into the effectiveness of their safety programs.

It is also designed to give users the ability to optimize plant performance. The tool was created to apply to any industry, any plant size, and any location in the world. It helps manufacturers see where they rank in safety culture, compliance, and capital, and also provides recommendations to help users improve safety performance.

Mark Eitzman, Rockwell Automation's safety market development manager, told Design News that the benefits of optimizing safety through the SMI assessment can result in "fewer injuries and fines, as well as improved plant productivity, greater efficiencies, and enhanced employee morale."

In a demonstration of the tool, Rockwell safety team members noted that the three principal components of a safe workplace include culture (behavioral), compliance (procedural), and capital (technical). They explained that the three components are "equally critical and interdependent in developing a strong, sustainable safety program."

The SMI tool measures a company's safety rank by using four categories -- SMI 1: minimizing investment, SMI 2: attaining compliance, SMI 3: cost avoidance, and SMI 4: operational excellence. By answering a series of questions, manufacturers can complete the SMI assessment and determine how they measure in each of the four categories. The report also provides recommendations for improvement, if needed.

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About the Author(s)

Rob Spiegel

Rob Spiegel serves as a senior editor for Design News. He started with Design News in 2002 as a freelancer and hired on full-time in 2011. He covers automation, manufacturing, 3D printing, robotics, AI, and more.

Prior to Design News, he worked as a senior editor for Electronic News and Ecommerce Business. He has contributed to a wide range of industrial technology publications, including Automation World, Supply Chain Management Review, and Logistics Management. He is the author of six books.

Before covering technology, Rob spent 10 years as publisher and owner of Chile Pepper Magazine, a national consumer food publication.

As well as writing for Design News, Rob also participates in IME shows, webinars, and ebooks.

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