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Safety Resolutions

- December 17, 2018 by Leslie Stoll, CSP, ARM (View all posts by Leslie)

As we close out 2018, we wanted to repost an article from last year – Top Ten Safety Resolutions. Each resolution has a link to a full article on the subject if you care to learn more. Have you successfully implemented any of our suggestions?  Did you set new goals or resolutions that you’d like to share? If so, let us know!

1. View safety as equal to production, not as a government compliance item.

There is a lot more to safety than OSHA compliance.  Some companies have a policy in place so employees can halt production due to quality issues; the same should be true for safety issues.  Just because a company is in OSHA compliance doesn’t guarantee that they will be injury free but creating a culture where safety and product go hand in hand can impact injury rates.

2. Discipline safety violators even for near misses (when they don’t get injured).

OSHA is taking a strong stance against employers who retaliate against employees for getting injured on the job.  Employers with safety policies are in their right to discipline for violating a safety policy, but if you are only disciplining after an injury, you are potentially looking at an OSHA violation.  Discipline needs to be consistent for all safety violators not just for those who report an injury.

3. Empower your supervisors.

You can’t manage safety from your office, and you can’t be every place all the time. You need to empower your supervisors to correct unsafe conditions and unsafe acts on the spot.

4. Learn everyone’s name.

How can you expect your machine operator to feel comfortable expressing their safety concerns if you don’t even know their name?  Get to know people and let them get to know you and you will be surprised how much more effort they put into their job.

5. Include safety at production meetings.

When you include safety in production meetings, your production supervisors can be held more accountable for being proactive in their department.  They will also be more likely to address safety before making changes or starting non-routine tasks.

6. Allow your employees to participate in and lead safety training.

There is nothing less effective than a boring safety meeting taught off a pre-written safety bulletin.  Make your safety meetings more exciting by asking employees to participate and share stories.  This will not only improve your meetings but your safety culture as well.

7. Investigate for root cause and making changes to stop re-occurrences.

Accident investigations are not just for documenting an injury; they are for developing countermeasures to prevent future incidents.  Teach your supervisors to investigate down to the root cause and not to stop at the quick fix.

8. Use your monthly audit forms as a catalyst for change.

No one is benefiting when the same items repeatedly noted on the monthly safety inspections.  Start developing a process to correct the root cause of the repeat items.

9. Track something other than injuries for your incentive.

When you reward your employees for not having an injury; employees are incentivized not report their injuries– it doesn’t mean they didn’t get hurt, it just means they aren’t telling you.  Develop a new incentive that improves safety such as participation in a safety meeting, improving audit scores, or making a safety suggestion.

10. Track safety successes - Find the Positive.

Good things are happening in safety every day if you just start looking.  The new year should be a year to celebrate the safety successes.  Set a goal; find five positive things to highlight every month.  It could be that your forklift driver stopped at the intersection or that an accountant put on this steel toe shoes before walking into the plant.  Whatever the successes are, find a way to acknowledge them in the new year and for the years to come.

 

 

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