It’s been such a long time since OSHA issued a major standards proposal covering millions of workers, such as its recent silica dust proposed rule, it’s fair to ask: Are the standards floodgates opening? (I’m not counting hazcom revised/GHS, which was more or less forced on the U.S. and OSHA by globalization.)
I began to get deeply involved in helping organizations achieve safety culture excellence back in the 1980s. At that point in my career, I was in charge of manufacturing engineering for a Fortune 20 company.
Hazard analysis is a key to appropriately protecting workers from dangers in the workplace, but too often we do a mediocre job. Protecting workers from the hazards they are likely to encounter can’t be a half measure and most workplaces would benefit from better and more accurate hazard analysis and risk management.
I love being a safety speaker, I love my audience and I love the impact I have on their lives. I have always enjoyed being in front of an audience. Sunday morning during a special announcement at church, I was reminded not everyone is as comfortable speaking in public.
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August 23, 2013
As a safety speaker, I have the opportunity to visit many different work locations each year. Fortunately, my clients have me back year after year to do an entirely different presentation so I become familiar with their location. The challenge is the first visit.
When someone dies in the workforce through no fault of his or her own it’s undeniably a tragedy. But in many people’s minds, line of fire injuries—those injuries that result when a worker places his or her body in the direct path of a serious hazard—the injured worker must bear at least some culpability for his or her injury.
Scott Geller coined the term “actively caring” in 1990 when working with a team of safety leaders at Exxon Chemical in Baytown, Texas. Theirvision was to cultivate a brother’s/sister’s keepers culture. Everyone would look out for each other’s safety.
In the workplace and with the family, we have all made mistakes that we wish we could take back and start over. Well, at least I have. This is not a one-occasion event. There are lots of times I have said or done things that later on cause me to cringe.
I’m riding to Southern California on the Amtrak San Joaquin as we approach the next train station along the way. A few minutes from the station, the conductor announces the next stop and encourages people to gather their belongings because it will be a quick stop.