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Leadership quiz - see how your S&H efforts stack up

April 26, 2002
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Do your managers back safety and health efforts? How would they address these 25 statements:

1) I like it when my people find safety problems and correct them on their own.

2) I have a clear vision of an incident-free workplace.

3) When an incident occurs, I try to understand how my actions might have contributed to it.

4) I make it a point to be on the floor with my people observing safety every day.

5) I know and follow all the safety rules I expect my people to follow.

6) When I really need to understand a safety issue, I talk with some of my line people about it.

7) I know good safety practice when I see it, and I always let the person involved know I like what I see.

8) My people have full and open access to all the tools and equipment they need to do their jobs safely.

9) I've learned that the person who knows the job best is nearly always the person doing it.

10) I always know the status of safety and safety projects in my organization, and those involved know how I feel about that status.

11) We consistently get a positive return on our investment in safety.

12) I enjoy attending safety meetings and feel good about the results.

13) I know whenever an incident occurs and consider it my role to get involved in addressing the issues it raises.

14) I know enough about the safety process to be able to speak about it to employees, groups and training sessions.

15) I'm always looking for the good things people do so I can recognize them for their efforts.

16) I know everyone makes mistakes and I see this as an opportunity to learn and grow.

17) Some of my greatest satisfaction comes from walking the floor and learning from my people.

18) I worry more about having the right safety values than about having safety rules.

19) I see teamwork everywhere I look in my organization.

20) If my people know what to do for safety, I reinforce them; if they don't know, I train them.

21) I am blessed with really good people in my organization.

22) My people helped form my vision of safety which they now share and support.

23) I know that my actions say more than my words about safety, so I always act out my belief that safety is a key organizational value.

24) Before I send my people to training, I go to the program so that I can reinforce and support their post-training efforts.

25) I know that my people hold safety as a key company value, so they know they don't need my permission to take safety action.

Source: OSHA's management systems eCATS program

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