Who is 'Best in Class' and Why?

A plant safety manager just finished his presentation of plant safety performance results and key activities.  It was the plant’s best year ever.  Injury rates were down, lost time days were reduced and improvement projects had been completed on time and on budget.  Associate involvement and morale ...

Does Your Corrective Action Program Need Corrective Action?

Even the safest organizations frequently identify problems and opportunities for improvement. In fact, many best-in-class organizations actively seek out even minor potential problems so they can address them before they lead to accidents or incidents.   In such companies the lack of large numbers ...

Percent Safe is NOT a Measure of Risk

Virtually all companies collect worksite safety observations. Sadly, most companies collect only unsafe findings.  This results in a very incomplete picture, as discussed in “The Value of Safety Observations, Especially Safe Observations”. Those companies that do collect safe observations use a ...

What Makes an Effective Safety Professional? - Part 5 (Final)

Haidt’s Moral Foundations

What Makes an Effective Safety Professional? - Part 4

Character

What Makes an Effective Safety Professional? - Part 3

This article is the third in a series that details the qualities necessary to be an effective safety professional that began with, "What Makes an Effective Safety Professional - Part 1" and continued with "What Makes an Effective Safety Professional - Part 2". As detailed in the introductory ...

What Makes an Effective Safety Professional - Part 2

This article is the second in a series that details the qualities necessary to be an effective safety professional that began with, "What Makes an Effective Safety Professional - Part 1". As detailed in the introductory article, the author focuses on three essential points:

What Makes an Effective Safety Professional? - Part 1

When I was considering what to write for this article, my first port of call was to review previous contributions in order to see what had already been covered. I was immediately struck by the breadth, depth, scope and expertise of my predecessors. Many of the contributors were from the top ...

The Myths of Safety – React If You Will

Sometimes when you critically examine and expose well established myths you run the risk of having folks who believe the Myths attack “other” issues around the revealed “truths.” Some of it even gets “personal.” In the following article (and many other articles I’ve written) I understand this ...

Safety Observer Training Done Right

All employees are openly encouraged to report hazards when they are discovered.  In many organizations, this is a basic tenet and often included in the duties and responsibilities of each employee.  Some organizations take this one step further and utilize worksite safety observations as an ...
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