Improving Observer Performance

Improving observer performancePublication: The Leader
Issue: August 2012

Employee involvement is a key component of the Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP). However, many companies struggle to find meaningful ways to get every employee engaged. During my VPP site visits as a Special Government Employee (SGE), I would often find employee involvement was constrained to small, fringe groups and typically comprised of only a fraction of the entire workforce. Over the years, I became a firm believer that the best and most meaningful way for employees to get involved is through participation in the site or company hazard recognition and control program.

Specifically, this can be done by making workplace observations related to the health and safety program as it relates to behaviors, conditions and/or safety activities. Our studies have shown this to be beneficial from an accident prevention perspective. However, once you begin to involve many people in the safety observation program, new issues arise such as observation quality. As such, I want to identify the benefits of adopting this program, as well as introduce an effective way to both measure and improve observation performance. Read the full article here.

Cary Usrey

Written by Cary Usrey

Cary Usrey has been at Predictive Solutions since March 2007. As a Process Improvement Leader, Cary is responsible for implementing best practices for customers seeking to prevent worker injuries. He coaches customers through an assessment, goal-setting, and goal measurement process that is designed to maximize safety improvement and widespread organizational engagement, from the field to leadership. Cary started his career in the U.S. Navy's Nuclear Power Program. After leaving the Navy, he served as the Environmental, Health and Safety Compliance Director at Adirondack Resource Recovery Associates, a waste-to-energy power plant in upstate New York, where he was employed for over twelve years. Following this, Cary took a position with Turner Construction, where he served as the Business Unit Safety Director for the upstate New York office for approximately three years. Cary has graduated with his Associate's Degree in Occupational Safety and Health from Trinidad State Junior College in Colorado, is a member of the Central FL chapter of the ASSE, and has served on the Board of Directors for the VPPPA (Region II).

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