Communication is about the who

My own arrogance gets in the way of my objectives much more than I would like to admit. This post will take some time to explain. But if you make the journey with me, I promise that I will make a point 🙂 Throughout my career and life, a common theme continues to emerge. Yet,Continue reading “Communication is about the who”

Success vs Failure and a Method of Reflection

When it comes to internal motivation for a professional, I feel that safety has some unique aspects. The discussion last month was about Success vs Failure. I had a lot more questions than answers. When it comes to working in the safety industry our customers are varied and sometimes have very different ideas of whatContinue reading “Success vs Failure and a Method of Reflection”

When I say safety culture, what comes to mind?

When you think of your organization approach to safety, what picture comes to mind? As a safety professional or someone who is committed to safety, take your personal opinions away. Take the 50,000 foot view of the culture. If your safety climate had a mascot what would it be? What would it look like? WasContinue reading “When I say safety culture, what comes to mind?”

Our data is speaking. Are we listening?

I distinctly remember combing through near miss data one day and having an “a-ha” moment. I could see that trouble was on the horizon. I was for sure thinking that the site was choosing not to report safety issues that really mattered because they felt it was not getting fixed. I had the data toContinue reading “Our data is speaking. Are we listening?”

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”

Linkages of Behaviors and Conditions

As safety professionals, we are always evaluating the linkages between conditions and behaviors. It is the behavioral choice that leads a person, both at home and work, to engage a condition that could be thought of as unsafe. From my work on the behavioral and training side of safety, I feel there are four waysContinue reading “Linkages of Behaviors and Conditions”

The 5 Pitfalls of Safety Metrics

5. They are Reactive OSHA rates were never meant for the process of being competitive metrics. Their use was to create comparisons for better understanding of injuries and focused programs. If the only item that projects bonuses or success for a company is injury rates, then the organization is missing the point entirely. Injuries shouldContinue reading “The 5 Pitfalls of Safety Metrics”