Archives for December 2018
Thank you for being the best of 2018.
I have witnessed tremendous strides being made at many of your companies over the past year. This is a direct reflection on your commitment to safety and your desire for continued improvement. You have stepped up, asked the tough questions, faced the challenge, and done the work. You have embraced change and achieved goals. YOU are the best of 2018. I am humbled to be a part of your safety journey.
The goal here on the blog is to deliver practical content – information that helps you improve safety and achieve goals. These were the articles you read the most in 2018. I hope you found useful information in each of them and welcome your ideas about topics you want to learn more about. This information is for you. Chime in – make it yours!
- Crane & Rigging Operations Carry High Risk
- Aviation Workplace Safety: High-Risk MRO Division
- Missouri Construction Industry: Job Site Safety Tips
- INTRO: Insurance Inspector Success Training
- Workers Compensation Extends to Temporary Workers in Missouri
- It’s Not Enough for your Missouri Business to Have Formal Safety Policies
- Workplace Safety: 5 Steps to Ladder Safety
- Automotive Mechanics: Spotlight on Safety
- Fleet Management Basics for Missouri-based Businesses
- Missouri Workplace Best Practices: Materials Handling is More Than Lifting
It’s been an amazing year. Thank you so much for trusting me to be part of your safety and quality improvement journey. Change is difficult. It is also good. You are a valued part of the CRMKC family, and I sincerely appreciate each and every one of you.
You are taking control of safety and it is paying off. Here’s to a safe and successful 2019!
Safety Is No Accident.
How do you define “safety?” Is it an act, a concept, a mindset, a process, a philosophy, a theory? Ask 20 people and you will likely receive 20 different answers. According to dictionary.com, “safety” is:
(1) the state of being safe; freedom from the occurrence or risk of injury, danger, or loss;
(2) the quality of averting or not causing injury, danger, or loss; and
(3) a contrivance or device to prevent injury or avert danger.
This definition provides us with a repetitive reference to words like “danger,” “loss,” and “injury.” It also tosses out the big word, “contrivance,” which, used here, refers to a planned or created (contrived) device used to achieve (bring about or effect by plan) a state of safety.
If safety is a state of being, the next question should be, how do we achieve that state of being? We’ve identified 8 markers along the way to developing a successful safety program. A true culture of safety starts at the top and is revisited and improved along the way. If safety isn’t part of your long-term continuous improvement strategy, it will not become an ingrained culture.
The 8 C’s of Safety Success will help any company achieve their safety goals, whether you are starting from scratch or reworking an existing safety management system.
COMMITMENT. The commitment to safety starts at the top. Many of the tools, changes, and improvements along the way will require time, money, and enforcement. Change is difficult for many people, and workers take their cue from company leaders.
COMMUNICATION. Involve your employees. The people doing the work have the hands-on experience needed to identify problem areas and the insight to explain why certain ideas may work in theory, yet fail in practical application. Communication must be a two-way street. In addition to delivering information to your staff, leaders must also learn to listen. Create a culture where discussion is welcomed.
CONSISTENCY. Consistency is key. Perform JSAs, create SOPs, and draft formal written policies and procedures. All of these documents provide a consistent point of reference so that all work is completed in an orderly, consistent fashion. Take the guesswork out of the process.
CHECK! Safety is never “one and done.” Routinely evaluate processes, tools, materials, and other variables for opportunities to improve.
COLLECTION. Our goal is to avoid as many accidents as possible and to reduce the severity of those that do occur. We are human, and accidents will happen. Investigate accidents and near-miss occurrences immediately. Interview witnesses, take photographs, inspect equipment and machinery, and gather as much information as possible. Identifying the steps that preceded the accident helps identify how or why the accident occurred.
CORRECTION. Knowing what happened, in what order, at what point of the process, helps us identify root causes and develop corrective actions to prevent future recurrences of the same event.
CONFIRMATION. Information empowers you over the long-term. Keep accurate records and track your progress. Analyze annual and quarterly data. Compare and contrast loss data to learn where you gaining strides, where you have a continued need to focus, and any new areas of concern.
COACHING. Host routine safety meetings, provide ongoing training opportunities and conduct frequent, informal toolbox talks. Beyond these basics, learn to coach your employees in real-time. If you see them without PPE, correct it on the spot. Be consistent. Real-time coaching enforces consistency and shows your commitment. Coaching should not be punitive. Employees who refuse to comply or become repeat offenders should be disciplined, but you start with non-punitive, real-time corrective actions to enforce compliance and reward safe work behaviors.
Eight simple steps. Safety is achieved through commitment and consistency.
Does your company have formal safety policies in place? Are you responsible for workforce safety or risk management? Email us or give us a call at (816) 349-0850 to see how we can help design a safety and risk management plan that meets your unique needs.