ERIC Number: ED410405
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Writing for Safety. Facilitating a Team Approach to Writing Operating Instructions. ANTA Leading Edge Training Case Study.
The Australian engineering company, Jaques, and Swinburne University of Technology conducted a joint project to write more than 190 operating instructions for the company's 77 employees. First, the university's Workplace Skills Unit (WSU) interviewed 75 production workers to identify their language, literacy, and training needs. The WSU negotiated a written agreement with Jaques to write the operating instructions as a fee-for-service activity. All production employees participated in the process of writing the work instructions at workshops facilitated by WSU consultants. Before the first workshop, the WSU conducted research on the relevant international manufacturing standards and national quality procedures and finalize the approach to and procedure for drafting the instructions. A program implementation strategy was developed that included the following components: briefing production employees, forming writing groups, and conducting workshops that were based on a team approach and structured to accommodate group dynamics and respond to changes in plant operations occurring during the project. The workshops focused on developing team skills, creating model operating instructions for workers to follow, and facilitating the writing process while drawing on employees' expertise. The project was credited with significantly changing attitudes toward safety and teamwork at the company. (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Case Studies, Certification, Cooperative Planning, Coordination, Equipment Utilization, Foreign Countries, Guidelines, Instructional Materials, Manufacturing Industry, Material Development, Models, Occupational Safety and Health, On the Job Training, Partnerships in Education, Program Administration, Program Development, Program Evaluation, Safety Education, Teamwork, Technical Writing, Workplace Literacy
Workplace Skills Unit, Swinburne University of Technology, P.O. Box 218, Hawthorn, Victoria 3122, Australia ($12 Australian plus postage/handling).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Australian National Training Authority, Brisbane.
Authoring Institution: Swinburne Inst. of Technology, Hawthorn, Victoria (Australia).
Identifiers - Location: Australia