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GreenWood, Inc., an integrated operations, maintenance and construction solutions provider, recently celebrated a safety milestone of 4.5 million safe work hours at their Merck project site in Elkton, Virginia. GreenWood provides Merck with various construction related services.
A popular business concept has organizations searching for how they can look to the future while still dealing with day-to-day crisis events. These mini and maxi disruptions come from things like weather disasters, fatalities, spills and the like…and suck our resources dry. Those of you who have experienced such career-shaking times know that pretty much all non-crisis activities and plans cease while you are in the midst of the moment—which seems like it will never end!
ProAct Safety, provider of global safety culture excellence strategies, announced the release of the Safety Culture ExcellenceSM mobile app that allows users easy access to ProAct Safety's wealth of informative videos, articles, and podcasts. The app, available free of charge through iTunes and apps store, will be released at the beginning of December 2013 in both iOS and android formats.
It’s long been a beef with safety and health pros that senior leaders, with the rare exception, just don’t get safety. Business bosses don’t study it in business school, and since safety is a cost center and not a profit generator, leadership spends little time studying safety issues. Health issues, with their more delayed consequences and debatable connection to worker lifestyle issues (smoking, obesity, alcohol and drug abuse) are even further off the executive radar screen.
Improving a Safety Culture requires a set of change management processes to be employed to ensure that any significant change initiatives are rolled-out in a controlled and systematic manner.
There is no “I” in the word “team,” but according to one of our customers there is an “I” in safety – four of them, in fact. Four “I” words sum up what this customer believes it took to get his organization to begin the safety culture improvement journey.
Without clear, strong sponsorship from executive leadership and other management teams, a change process is unlikely to [a] secure the necessary resources, [b] have the means to obtain and retain the support of others, and/or [c] overcome the tendency of many to resist change.
The most effective individual in your company may be the employee safety committee member who has gained not only your trust but has done the miraculous job of bringing together the often-bickering functions of your organization. They can bring together union and management like my dear friend Tim Meier at Marathon Refining.
The only way to ensure that accidents and their consequences are tackled at the source is to identify and eliminate the workplace risks before, rather than after the event. The ongoing identification of workplace and worker risk must become a value to an organization and must occur automatically, as part of the culture of the organization if accidental losses are to be eliminated.
Every time I see or hear the term strong safety culture I cringe. The focus on building a strong safety culture is terribly misplaced. Safety excellence is a more likely outcome for an enterprise that clearly values and cares for its employees and includes safety as a strategic element of its organizational culture.