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Sustainable Safety Excellence

Rare is the corporation that doesn’t want more engagement from its workforce. Problems arise when the organization has yet to clearly define what engagement means, what it would look like if it had it... more

May 1, 2015 5:00 AM Training & Human Resources

Do you focus more on the behavior or the influences upon it? There are four main influences on risky behavior: perceptions, habits, obstacles and barriers. How effective are you at identifying and res... more

Apr 1, 2015 5:00 AM Training & Human Resources

In our lifetime, the world of acceptable and unacceptable risk has evolved drastically. Consider in your personal life: What risks did your parents take, all with good intentions, that would be viewed... more

Mar 1, 2015 6:00 AM

How is playing chess the perfect analogy for universally improving safety? On April 12, 1964, 21-year-old Bobby Fischer participated in an exhibition match against 50 players resulting in 47 wins, two... more

Dec 1, 2014 6:00 AM Health, Safety & Environmental

Do you view safety as a cost center or a value contributor to the organization? What about your operational leadership? What should you do if you find yourself supporting those who do not support you ... more

Nov 1, 2014 5:00 AM Health, Safety & Environmental

Dear fellow safety professional, please abandon the idea you should work yourself out of a job. When you say this, you reinforce the idea your job is to reduce risk rather than add value. The two are ... more

Oct 1, 2014 5:00 AM Health, Safety & Environmental

Effective behavioral safety programs teach us to determine influences on employee behavior before finding fault and placing blame. Knowing this, why are many safety professionals often so quick to pla... more

Sep 1, 2014 5:00 AM Health, Safety & Environmental

There are sites I’m scared to visit — sites where everyone believes they are excellent in safety performance and culture. Our thoughts, the language we use and how they complement or conflict with our behavior will affect our ability to improve safety. When we believe we are excellent in safety, we stop looking to improve. When we say all incidents can be prevented, yet we track nonpreventable vehicle incidents, we create confusion and disbelief in the objectives. We strive for excellence in all we do in safety. The problem develops when we believe we achieved it. more

Aug 1, 2014 5:00 AM Engineering, Procurement & Construction

Philosopher Santayana believed a fanatic was someone who redoubles effort when the aim is forgotten. Are your efforts focused or fanatical? While we do want a degree of fanaticism in safety, we must realize we can, and often do, go too far. more

Jun 1, 2014 5:00 AM Health, Safety & Environmental

Ideally, we would love to have everyone at all levels see value in safety observations, in being able to observe, and be observed by, anyone regardless of level or job. Further, the end goal should be... more

May 1, 2014 5:53 PM Training & Human Resources

Would you purchase a vehicle with the hood welded shut? Probably not, but this analogy precisely represents how organizations tend to invest in behavior-based safety (BBS).  When a company has determi... more

Mar 1, 2014 6:00 AM Health, Safety & Environmental

All companies need the right individuals with the right competencies (e.g., soft and hard skills) to advance the capabilities of the firm. From whom do you seek input when determining leadership devel... more

Feb 3, 2014 9:11 PM Training & Human Resources