SAFETY PERSPECTIVES

3 Ways Safety Leaders Succeed in Fostering a Safe Workplace

Posted by  Esteban Tristan, Ph.D.

Many organizations and safety leaders expend significant time and money putting together safety programs and training to foster a safer culture. Unfortunately, these programs often fail, resulting in significant injuries, inefficiencies, and costs to the organization. One of the reasons for these failures is that these traditional approaches cannot account for an important factor – the unique psychological differences between individuals when it comes to safety.


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ISO 45001 is Finally Here – Can Your Safety Culture Support It?

Posted by  Esteban Tristan, Ph.D.

It’s finally here! What many safety professionals have been eagerly awaiting for years: ISO 45001. Released just a week ago, this is the first set of ISO standards that will be specifically dedicated to Occupational Health and Safety (OHS). Just as ISO 9001 provides a consistent standard for quality management systems, ISO 45001 offers a consistent framework for how any organization can implement an effective safety management system regardless of its size, industry, or location on the globe. Indeed, it has the potential to be a game-changer in safety across the globe for years to come.


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The Journey to an Injury Free Workplace: 4 Best Practices

Posted by  Chris Klinvex

good way to experience the best safety practices/programs across industries and organizations is to see them first hand. Sitting down with those who lead them provides an honest perspective on the work involved in transforming a site’s safety culture. This blog summarizes years of safety transformation work. Last week we reviewed four considerations required for a journey to an injury-free workplace. Now we will look at the innovative approaches that leading companies are taking to deal with these four factors.  

Most companies have reasonable safety programs in place. They do a good job in both their new hire safety onboarding process and reinforcing safety through their ongoing training programs. Many companies make employees sign a document stating they understand what is expected and will comply. Better companies do not stop there and turn their focus on the likelihood that employees will do what they were trained to do. How? 


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Reducing Serious Injuries and Fatalities: A Missing Piece

Posted by  Chris Klinvex

Safety professionals are notorious for getting hit with the gotcha questions that, if not answered correctly, make us look stupid. On the surface these questions seem simple to answer, but there’s always a catch. Here’s one I recently heard. Are today’s new mid-size sedans safe to drive? For the sake of this argument, let’s consider the 2018 Toyota Camry. What do you say – is it a safe vehicle? Well, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently gave this car their Top Safety Pick Award. If you're like most astute safety professionals, your answer will sound like this: “Yes, but…it depends on who is driving the Camry!” You quickly recognize that, while the vehicle is reasonably safe, the person behind the wheel ultimately decides how the car is driven


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Reducing Serious Injuries and Fatalities: 5 Trends & Challenges Ahead

Posted by  Chris Klinvex

Serious injuries and fatalities (SIFs) are earth-shattering experiences for a worksite: nothing has as much of a time-freezing effect on a workforce. It's in these occasions that we see leaders drop everything to meet and reflect on the trauma that shakes their teams. And with these recurring meetings comes the obvious questions: “What happened? How can we keep this from ever happening again?” In recent years, workplace injuries have been trending in a concerning direction. Non-fatal recordables have slightly declined from 3.2/100 FTEs in 2014 to 3.0 in 2015 and 2.9 in 2016. Yet, fatalities increased, with 2014 recording 4,821 fatalities, 2015 showed a 15-case increase, followed by a dramatic 7% increase in 2016. 2017 likely will follow this trend.


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Effective Safety Leaders Consider their Team's Dynamics with Their Own

Posted by  Esteban Tristan, Ph.D.

There is nothing like a good expression that explains a situation quickly and concisely, and the world of safety is no exception. After training and coaching hundreds of leaders across various industries and countries, the expression that I often think of is: “if all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” Some attribute this saying to Abraham Maslow, others to Mark Twain. While neither is certain, we do know what it means: if a person only knows one approach or only has one way of solving problems, they will always use that approach, regardless of the situation.


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How History (and the Mothman) Impact Safety Policies

Posted by  David Juristy

The third weekend in September brings about the annual Mothman Festival in the small town of Point Pleasant, West Virginia. The festival is a two-day event celebrating all things Mothman, and is the largest festival in the state of West Virginia, with as many as 14,000 attendees. The Mothman is a figure steeped in mystery, most only know the legend from the 2002 movie “The Mothman Prophecies” starring Richard Gere. 


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The Power of Community Safety Leadership During Irma's Crisis

Posted by  Giulia Prete

There is something fascinating about the resilience of safety leaders in times of crisis: they are pillars in the community  and reminders of the value of community involvement. I am reflecting on the value of community-based efforts after witnessing the news on Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. It is at times like this, when I witness ache and worry in the eyes of those near me, that I find a need to sit back and absorb these stories and events in their full depth. In taking a closer look at Florida, going layer by layer, its stories unveil a powerful narrative of safety leadership among the tireless actions to shelter and heal its residents.


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3 Examples of Leaders Showing Their Commitment to Safety

Posted by  Esteban Tristan, Ph.D.

Please stop and think for a moment. What is your favorite example of a leader showing great commitment to safety at your workplace? What did she or he do? What was great about it? And I’m just curious on this one – did it take you a while to think of one?


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Pop Quiz: What Does Management Commitment to Safety Look Like?

Posted by  Esteban Tristan, Ph.D.

Which of the following management activities best describes “management commitment to safety” to you? (Note: by ‘management’ I primarily mean Supervisors)

  1. Participating actively in safety meetings and safety training events

  2. Investing time and resources on effective safety improvements

  3. Talking frequently about safety with employees

  4. Role modeling safe behavior at all times

  5. Whatever the company defines as “commitment to safety


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