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The 6 Essential Traits We Look for When Hiring Safety Professionals

Jul 29, 2017 2:58:48 PM

As an organization that receives resumes nearly every single day from safety “professionals” seeking new opportunities, one might think that the selection process must be daunting.  Fully assessing the appropriate knowledge, skills and experience necessary to perform the core functions of what safety professionals do doesn’t take place in one meeting or one phone interview.  It is a multi-tiered process that ensures that only the best candidates are even considered. 

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Scapegoating On The Stupid Worker

Jul 27, 2017 9:17:00 AM

All too often the scapegoat when an incident or unsafe act occurs is the employee. Every day I see pictures posted of workers doing unsafe acts and I ask myself, is anyone learning from these mistakes or are we all getting a good laugh? Based on the captions and responses, the pictures are posted to social media so that everyone can get a good laugh at the “stupid” worker that can’t follow our safety policies and procedures.

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Why Hiring a Safety Consultant to Fix Your Safety Culture Probably Won’t Work

Jul 18, 2017 8:37:00 AM

I know you’re probably thinking, why would I write this if I were a safety consultant. Well, occasionally I’ll get a call from an organization leader, usually an operations manager, who says that they want to change their “safety culture”. Then their next question is usually, “how much do we charge for that?” When the first question is about cost, right after they’ve proclaimed that they want a safety culture, this tells me a few things: First, there is little or no emotional commitment behind what’s driving this new effort, and second; the initiative is doomed to fail.

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Is It Time to Dump Your Behavior Based Safety Program?

Jun 27, 2017 9:04:00 AM

I attended a really great safety conference recently that included a panel discussion of two thought leaders in safety. The topic centered around two huge topics in the safety field: Behavior Based Safety (BBS) approach to safety improvement, and Human & Organizational Performance (HOP). The objective of the discussion was to better understand the strengths and weaknesses of each approach.

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Safety Culture: Are You Sure You have One?

Jun 20, 2017 9:03:00 AM

At a recent safety conference, we interviewed vendors and attendees and asked, "What is the most important thing a company needs to create a safe workplace.?" The answer was, "A Safety Culture." So, it was surprising that something so universally believed continues to be so elusive to companies big and small. Merriam-Webster defines culture as: A set of shared attitudes, values, goals and practices that characterizes an institution or organization. Safety culture in an organization does not exist separate from the other factors making up the company’s culture, but must be a part of the overall corporate culture to be accepted as a priority.

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