World Class Safety Metrics

In this journey to better understand world-class safety, I feel there has to be some talk of metrics. Being perfectly honest, I have an extreme love-hate relationship with safety data. I am never in between. I either love what they are showing me or I hate the entire idea of tracking it at all. Hopefully,Continue reading “World Class Safety Metrics”

Preventing and Overcoming Burnout

Have you ever been in a work position where only absolute perfection was accepted? Yeah, I have been too in both a safety role and in other positions.    This is both the requirement for success, the punishment for failure, and the fast track to burnout.  As people, we can only handle this type ofContinue reading “Preventing and Overcoming Burnout”

One Simple Improvement for Safety Training

Mind blowing idea: Not all training is created equal   You probably already knew that, though.   Imagine a simple idea that would lead to better employee engagement, improved training, and safer behaviors. Sadly, it is a commonly overlooked aspect of health and safety training. The answer is to let people know they are receivingContinue reading “One Simple Improvement for Safety Training”

When Your Safety System is not a System

There are times where a company will seek to implement a safety program. They will create all the necessary programs, procedures, meetings, audits, employee committees, and many other processes that they feel have made other companies successful in safety. They will even brand all the programs as their safety management system or process. The trouble,Continue reading “When Your Safety System is not a System”

The Evolution of Safety Auditing

There are many ways that safety programs are audited and evaluated. There are some that are internal to the organization or site and there are others that are used external. Some companies use the idea of intra-site auditing where safety people from other sites perform a documented audit on another site. Year-over-year there are rotationsContinue reading “The Evolution of Safety Auditing”

Safety: Behavior or Motivation

I was recently at my final residency. Part of this process was to complete my dissertation research plan. The discussion around my topic about safety was talking about the theory behind the process of safety psychology.   On a complete side note, I did learn that with a qualitative research plan the theory is reallyContinue reading “Safety: Behavior or Motivation”

We are asking the questions, but do we care about the answers?

As part of many safety audits, there are times where employees and supervisors are brought together to answer questions about safety programs, experiences, and feelings. The process is to ask open ended questions to draw out the employees to talk about what they are witnessing and experiencing in the workplace. The goal of these auditContinue reading “We are asking the questions, but do we care about the answers?”

Nature and Nurture in Safety: Part 6

What happens when a person with a high tolerance for risk joins an organization that creates a culture of profit before safety? Nature + Nurture = Outcome Negative + Negative = Danger A high tolerance for risk is not a bad personal trait. It is part of who that person is. The problem can occurContinue reading “Nature and Nurture in Safety: Part 6”

Nature and Nurture in Safety: Part 5

When evaluating what is considered a negative behavior (nature), it suits to first define that aspect of safety behavior first. This is not to imply that people got to work and choose to get hurt. This is far from the truth. There are those, naturally, who have a much larger acceptance of risk. They doContinue reading “Nature and Nurture in Safety: Part 5”

Nature and Nurture in Safety: Part 4

“Science may have found a cure for most evils; but it has no remedy for the worst of them all – the apathy of human beings” – Helen Keller Nature + Nurture = Outcome Positive + Non-Existent = Apathetic Safety Continuing on the theme of nature versus nurture, what happens when someone has a positiveContinue reading “Nature and Nurture in Safety: Part 4”