The regulation-oriented data tells us a part of the story with respect to training, incident records, safety meetings, work orders, policies/procedures and the like. Observations add a bit more insight to what our people are actually doing when they are occasionally being watched/evaluated by others.
Art Linkletter, the entertainer, said, “If you change your attitude you will change your life.” Wouldn’t it be nice if we always got our way with things? If things were as they SHOULD be? Unfortunately, the world usually doesn’t meet our expectations and we are left disappointed that people and things are not what they SHOULD be.
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.
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.
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.
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.