This mindset ignores that safety is a multi-disciplined activity involving cultural (behavioral), compliance (procedural), and capital (technical) elements to safety maturity.
These elements are interrelated, and approaching only one or two elements will undermine the others.
Complicating the issue is that responsibility for these elements most often falls between different departments.
Environmental, Health and Safety – which may report into legal, operations, or even finance – is responsible for cultural/behavioral elements and broad-based procedures, while engineering is responsible for safety system development and use of technology for equipment.
It’s vital that these mutually dependent organizations collaborate to help improve the safety of workers and equipment. It’s also vital that these two organizations work together to provide innovative opportunities to improve both safety and productivity.
Alternative measures to lockout/tagout (LOTO) is one clear innovative means to helping improve both safety and productivity.