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Safety – Centre of Excellence Model for organisation
You have probably been reading and hearing a lot lately about the Centre of Excellence (CoE) model. Chances are, your business could benefit by implementing a CoE to optimise application quality and performance. A CoE provides a central source of standardised products, expertise, and best practices for testing, deploying, and fine-tuning new applications. It can also provide the entire organisation with visibility into quality and performance parameters of the delivered application. This helps to keep everyone informed and applications aligned with business objectives. So how we apply CoE in safety process. This paper answers those questions, providing a stage-by-stage analysis of the roles, processes, and deliverables of an evolving CoE – along with specific benefits to organisation.
What is Safety Centre of Excellence (S-CoE) ?A place or an organization that is known for doing a particular activity very well, and that is involved in new developments, new ways of working.
Building a Safety Business Process Center of ExcellenceHigh-performing companies make safety business process improvement a core competency. These leading firms share a common characteristic: they continually find clever ways to improve the safety process of process improvement.
As a result, high-performing companies are implementing safety business process competency centers or safety business process centers of excellence (CoE). These committees set priorities, create a strategy map, standardize procedures and collect best practices for safety business process initiatives.
“A center of excellence provides visibility in the company about the idea of safety business process improvement, and helps the idea catch on in organizations that might otherwise be resistant to change,”.
One study found that nearly half of companies that experienced a clear, measureable improvement from existing process have implemented a S-CoE. The success of a S-CoE, hinges on buy-in from the top. “A center of excellence can be on shaky ground unless the manager is a direct report to the CEO”. A S-CoE, should be run by somebody with a more holistic view who understands process very well. One  also suggests the members of the CoE come from a wide cross-section of the organization, rotating in and out every two or three years so the taskforce would “be kept lively.”
A S-CoE can tend to important elements that are often overlooked in the rush to achieve tactical benefits, such as standards, service levels, and process ownership and governance. Issues such as who owns a process become increasingly tricky as processes move from single departments to multiple groups or divisions across the globe.
Ideally, though, a CoE doesn’t simply perform the role of process cop, but collects the best ideas throughout the enterprise, so the skills and experience of all employees can be leveraged.
Why Create Safety Centre of Excellence?The first question many will ask is why would I want a center of excellence? The best answer is because it drives valuable results. A recent CLIDE study of S-CoE shows that having a center of excellence significantly enhances the ability of an organization to meet or exceed the goals that center supports.

How a Safety Centre of Excellence Can Become an Engine for Continuous Improvement

There are several reasons for implementing a CoE, such as to assure process consistency across locations, better address regulatory requirements or to streamline continuous improvement initiatives. The method doesn’t matter. What’s important is that ideas for safety process improvement flow up to the S-CoE, not just down from the SCoE. When used this way, a Safety Centre of Excellence is more than a method of enforcing best practices. It becomes a means of leveraging the experience and skills of every employee in the enterprise, ensuring that improvements, no matter where they come from, are discovered, evaluated and deployed everywhere – to the benefit of the entire enterprise.So a S-CoE is a function that facilitates the collection of standards and practices throughout an organization. The S-CoE may define a “best” or commonly accepted practice and encourage adoption of that practice, and in some companies, the S-CoE may govern or enforce a given standard (i.e. methodology or technology). The S-CoE may also serve as a community of practice for a given topic area, encouraging sharing and knowledge flow throughout the company.
S-CoE momentum

Organisations of all shapes and sizes can embrace the S-CoE model as an effective way to improve safety process. Among the advantages of the S- CoE model for safety are:

  1. Reduced cost: Lowering the risk of production downtime and achieving the same or greater levels of production by reducing LTA by enhancing the moral of employees.
  2. Increased efficiency: Allows you to optimise operational safety efficiency across plants / projects by implementing consistent, repeatable processes and enabling the sharing of knowledge and best practices across geographically distributed teams.
  3. Reduced risk: S-CoE models help reduce risk by implementing risk assessment matrix , by continuously monitoring the status of acceptable risk, and by verifying that release decisions are based on quantifiable business risk
  4. Improvements:  Best practices in processes can be collected from across the organisation. These practices can then be standardised, improved, and re-distributed to the entire organisation – shortening the learning curve for new process. It also reduces production risk by improving the consistency, quality, and reliability of all applications and services.
  5. Alignment:  The S-CoE model can help organisations synchronise business goals with safety goal, resulting in better synergy effect. Standardised processes improve communication and productivity. The S-CoE model helps organisations adopt a risk-based approach to managing the production with quality.