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Don’t Tell me ‘Who’, Tell me ‘Why’

Throughout my career as a safety professional, I've seen a plethora of safety audit forms. These forms, while a useful tool, place a lot of focus on identifying unsafe conditions. However, most fail to place enough emphasis on unsafe behaviors. Example: Ladders: Are ladders tied off? Answer: No Corrective action: Tie off ladder. Most unsafe... Continue Reading →

The things companies say they are looking for

Companies are pushing more and more for the soft skills in their hiring decisions. They are looking for people who are skilled listeners and seek to understand people and problems rather than simply condemning performance or outcomes. They are looking for people who act as servants to their teams to ensure long term success rather... Continue Reading →

What is a Safety Professional?

Being called a safety professional isn't granted to a person simply based on their job title. Job titles are important, but a safety coordinator can be a safety professional while a safety director may simple be a safety ass. Yes, I said it. Being a safety professional is about how you implement safety and interact... Continue Reading →

Operational Issues with a Safety Consequence

Perhaps the most difficult part of being a safety professional is influencing others who do not report to us to perform their tasks in a manner that their supervisor doesn't care about or believe in. We can train, encourage, and provide incentives all day long. We can document all of the learning, gather all of... Continue Reading →

Outcome Based Incident Response

Is your incident reaction based on outcome or behavior? Most companies react based on outcome. Take a moment and think of your company safety program in action. Do you treat a near miss, a first aid and a recordable the same? Is the investigation the same? Disciplinary action the same? Priority of communication the same?... Continue Reading →

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