Typologies of Safe Behaviors and Safety Programs – Part 1

As I was going through a class on child development, a theory really stuck with me in regards to classifying styles of parenting. The theory was Baumrind’s Parenting Typology. I enjoyed and studied the four quadrant version that was expanded by Maccoby and Martin. In this typology, there are four basic parenting types based on: ResponsiveContinue reading “Typologies of Safe Behaviors and Safety Programs – Part 1”

The Hierarchy of Safety Needs, Part 8

Over the course of eight posts and a few detours along the way, we have explore that safety behaviors can be quantified in a similar fashion as Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. There are reasons that are based on basic needs that demonstrate why safety cultures may be moving forward, falling behind, or remaining stationary. ThereContinue reading “The Hierarchy of Safety Needs, Part 8”

The Hierarchy of Safety Needs, Part 7

The final phase of the needs based process is when the social recognition needs of the team is met. The team becomes almost self-sufficient. They are able to problem solve on their own and find even more creative ways to assure the safety of the site. The teams in this phase are encouraged to takeContinue reading “The Hierarchy of Safety Needs, Part 7”

The Hierarchy of Safety Needs, Part 6

This is part 6 to a series of posts based on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. The theory takes that same basic premiss of having a progression of needs based behaviors and applying them to how safety progresses in an occupational environment. This phase of the pyramid is a focus on progressing the teams and havingContinue reading “The Hierarchy of Safety Needs, Part 6”

The Hierarchy of Safety Needs, Part 5

So far, we have discussed the inherent process of having a job, creating a safety culture, and creating a team culture. At this point, it would make sense to have a simple validation process of understanding needs based safety. A reverse logic approach can be applied as part of a validation of the behaviors. IfContinue reading “The Hierarchy of Safety Needs, Part 5”

The Hierarchy of Safety Needs, Part 4

To recap the needs based safety theory so far: 1) Safety is a needs based behavior 2) Before an organization can progress to the next need, the previous one has to be fully realized 3) The process is: Gainful Employment, Personal Safety, Team Work, Recognition, Continuous Improvement. 4) The previous posts have: discussed the theoryContinue reading “The Hierarchy of Safety Needs, Part 4”

DOL Report on Injury Inequality, Part 2

To continue thoughts on the DOL report on how workers’ compensation creates inequality in workers. This report is getting quite a bit of attention from various media sources and confirms some of the same items that reports from both PBS and NPR have investigated. The report goes through a number of ways that the lackContinue reading “DOL Report on Injury Inequality, Part 2”

DOL Report on Injury Inequality, Part 1

This morning on my Twitter feed (@thesafetydude), the Department of Labor posted a link to a new report that was released in regards to how an injury to a worker actually creates inequality. The report is quite thought provoking. Sadly, those who will probably read it already are concerned with creating a safety workplace. IContinue reading “DOL Report on Injury Inequality, Part 1”

The Heirarchy of Safety Needs. Part 3

There is much effort and time that goes into building the base of the pyramid but for good reason. For the process to be layered upon, the bottom sections have to be strong and stable. The bottom of the pyramid is the largest in area, holds the majority of the weight, and creates stability forContinue reading “The Heirarchy of Safety Needs. Part 3”

Safety Professional?

A really nice article appeared in the ASSE Journal this month in regards to performance standards for safety professionals. Outcomes Based Accreditation: Advancing the OSH Profession by James D. Ramsay, Elbert Sorrell, and Wayne E. Hartz Click to access F2Ramsayetal_0215.pdf This is a topic that is near and dear to my heart. The article givesContinue reading “Safety Professional?”