Articles Tagged with ''perceptions''

Misleading indicators

June 21, 2013

Nearly every safety professional worth his or her salt has been told that he or she needs to look at both leading and lagging indicators; it’s good advice, in fact, it’s advice I’ve given many times in articles and speeches over the years.  But in my last post (two weeks ago—I spent the last week at a customer site and with the travel travails I just couldn’t bring myself to hammer out a post, deepest apologies to my fans and detractors alike) I questioned the value of tracking (not reporting or investigating, mind you, just tracking) near misses.


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Days of a true “Safety Culture” are gone

August 22, 2012
The days of a true "safety culture" I am sad to say have gone the way of the "man in the gray flannel suit."


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The great challenge confronting EHS pros

It’s communication — is your message getting through?
September 1, 2011
According to the results of the American Society of Safety Engineers 100th Anniversary Essay Contest, the greatest challenge facing the environmental health and safety profession in the 21st century is communication.


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Has “culture” become an empty buzzword?

August 17, 2011
It seems that no matter what we read or hear these days, the word “culture” is present. 


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Why do people make mistakes?

August 10, 2011
Who hasn’t at some point made a safety-related mistake that put themselves and perhaps co-workers at risk?


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Practical drift and writing safety rules

Behaviors get loose when procedures are too tight
August 2, 2011
Last month I introduced you to Scott A. Snook’s term practical drift, which he coined in his root cause analysis of the accidental shoot down of two U.S. Army Black Hawk helicopters resulting in the loss of 26 peacekeepers. 


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The bad guys at work

Don’t rush to judge; check your biases
August 2, 2011
The first-shift guys tell you they work together as a team. They are the best shift in every way. And they always clean up and set up for second shift.
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Catch the Invisible Drift

It’s easy to stray from safety rules
July 7, 2011
Colonel Scott A. Snook, Ph.D., in Friendly Fire1 introduced the term practical drift. The theory of practical drift emerged from Snook’s root cause analysis of a 1994 friendly fire accident in which two U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagle fighter jets patrolling the No-Fly-Zone over northern Iraq shot down two U.S. Army Black Hawk UH-60 helicopters. Twenty-six peacekeepers lost their lives.
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The power of positive spin

May 25, 2011
When folks are brought together around some common task or set of tasks, their earliest experiences “set the tone” for the team. When team members develop the positive attitude that they can succeed, they are more likely to do so.
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MANAGING BEST PRACTICES: YouTube and your reputation

May 3, 2011

If the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) doesn’t play up the very popular “Safety Dance” (Men Without Hats) song at their June 2011 annual meeting in Chicago, I think they will miss a big opportunity.


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