Defining Management Commitment for Safety

Management commitment is a term we hear frequently from regulatory agencies, in forum discussions, in training and from our peers and mentors.  I often wonder if we really understand how to define it and the steps required to incorporate it into our safety programs. We should first preface this ...

Safety Management by Walking Around, Part III

In Safety Management by Walking Around, Part I & Part II of this series we covered the definition and importance of management walkarounds as well some advice on how to conduct them effectively.  In this last article of the series we’ll look at some additional implementation tips and challenges and ...

Safety Management by Walking Around, Part II

In my last article, “Safety Management by Walking Around, Part I”, the critical importance of work observations by managers (and others) was examined.  Keep in mind that these work observations are NOT traditional low value inspections of work space, nor are they limited to observations of a ...

Safety Management by Walking Around, Part I

Much (perhaps too much) of the safety literature of the last few years has focused on employee driven “behavior-based safety” peer observation programs. The fact remains, however, that safety is a line management responsibility. Implied in that responsibility is the need (obligation?) to fully ...
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