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Weekly Safety Challenge

- March 24, 2017 by Leslie Stoll, CSP ARM (View all posts by Leslie)

You’ve explained to your supervisors that safety is important. You’ve told them time and time again that they should correct unsafe conditions and acts.  You have a maintenance team ready and willing to react to safety work orders, but those work orders are not being made.  What’s the problem? Why aren’t people helping to improve safety at your facility?   Today I’ll discuss a technique that will help improve safety when you aren’t seeing the progress you expected.

Let’s start by looking at the overall goal of improving safety. It is too difficult to comprehend for most because safety is such a broad concept. You need start by setting specific goals to get everyone moving in the right direction.

One way to do this is by assigning a weekly safety challenge. The technique is simple, and I’ve outlined it below:

  1. Create a list of safety concerns at your facility. Click this link to see the list I developed.
  2. Pick one item from the list to be your weekly focus.
  3. At the beginning of the week let your supervisors know what their focus will be that week to improve safety.
  4. Following up on progress each day. If you have a daily morning meeting, this is a great time to do it.
  5. Audit the facility in the middle of the week. If you see the hazard in a department get with the supervisor to find out why it hasn’t been corrected.  If you don’t see that hazard compliment the supervisor.
  6. Repeat the following week with a new topic.

Your challenges shouldn’t just focus on finding physical hazards. The first item on my list is the challenge to get to know your employees and complement safety behaviors.  This item can be tough for a supervisor who is not a people person so don’t worry if they fail at their first attempt. Repeating challenges is expected, and over time, each of the weekly challenges will become second nature. Before you know it, all those little safety concerns, like missing ground plugs on extension cords, will be a thing of the past.


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