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Fundamental Behavior 19 – Be Proactive

November 5, 2021
Author: YKK
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Be proactive

Since we have already had nine rounds of Fundamental Behaviors messages and various people have written about Fundamental Behavior 19: “Be Proactive,” this time, I would like to take a different perspective and think about safety, which is very important in the YKK Group’s business activities as well as in our personal lives.

What knowledge skills do you need to anticipate accidents and take precautions against unforeseen events?

Before we get into that, let’s review some of the things you probably already know about when accidents occur. Most accidents occur when unsafe conditions are combined with unsafe actions. It is said that less than 1% of occupational accidents occur when there are no unsafe conditions or unsafe actions. Therefore, it can be said that accidents can be prevented if we know in advance what are unsafe conditions and what are unsafe actions.

However, it is rare for people to have learned about unsafe conditions or unsafe actions in school or from their parents or family members (I did not). Therefore, a certain amount of training is necessary. In other words, you need to acquire knowledge and do a little training to be able to say, “This is dangerous. This kind of behavior is unsafe.” If you play the game of looking for danger on your own, you will be able to predict accidents and take countermeasures in advance.

But it still sounds vague and unclear, doesn’t it? This is where the Hazard Prediction Training (KYT – Kiken Yochi Training) comes in handy. Using cartoons or actual photographs, a group of several people discuss where there are unsafe conditions or unsafe actions, and what kind of accidents could occur as a result, to sharpen their sensitivity to danger. In one example, the trainee is pulling out the top two shelves of a cabinet full of heavy documents that is not fixed to the wall (unsafe condition), and since he is also putting his arms on the cabinet (unsafe action), the cabinet falls in front of him, and he is trapped underneath.

After I joined YKK, I learned how to do this through classroom explanations and weekly group training at my assigned process. It is useful not only in factories, but also in all situations, outdoors, indoors, and while driving. I am exaggerating, but it will probably increase your chances of survival. Why don’t you give it a try?

Yasuhiro Matsui
Factory Director
YKK Mexicana