Obfuscation is one of those interesting words that sounds like it means – to make obscure.
Obfuscation is often associated with excessive wordiness and the use of technical jargon that is meaningful to “insiders” but not to others.
Idea 1—Integrate safety expectations into policies, procedures, and guidelines to ensure they are aligned with other organizational priorities
It may be that safety is not relevant to all policies and procedures, but it probably is to most of them.
Frontline supervisors are the lynchpin of safety, Judy Agnew said during a session Monday morning on safety leadership. She offers five tips for frontline supervisors to better engage the workforce, which not only improves individual performance but leads to a safe work environment for all.
Tim Page-Bottorff, CSP wants you to know that safety doesn’t have to be boring. When conducting safety training, the best way to engage your audience is with humor, he said. Stories are the best way to get started, Page-Bottorff said on Monday during a flash session on the expo floor.
Oftentimes, many of us like to discuss safety influence at the supervisory level where much can be accomplished to keep workers safe. But like you, I’ve seen what subtle actions can do when it comes to influence from the top – both good and bad.
We know that “leadership creates culture;” any leader will tell you that. But oddly enough, “knowing” in this case doesn’t reach very far. What is required is finding the connection between what I do as a leader and the kinds of cultural attributes I would like to change. Here is an example from my experience:
The American Industrial Hygiene Association® (AIHA) inducted Steven E. Lacey, PhD, CIH, CSP, at AIHce as the new President of AIHA's Board of Directors at the Annual Business Meeting on May 26, during the 2016 American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition (AIHce) in Inner Harbor Baltimore, Md.
We’ve never met a leader who didn’t want a better culture for their organization. Statements like, “we need to change the culture,” are heard every day in the life of a consultant. What is odd is that the leaders who make these statements usually think they are talking about other people, when in reality they are talking about themselves.
Tips for Getting Executive Buy-in on Your Safety Initiative
May 27, 2016
Numerous studies confirm that any sound workplace safety initiative should not be viewed as an expense, but rather an opportunity to save money and improve business performance. With the proper training, equipment and processes in place, a safety-first culture is a proven way to protect lives while boosting morale, increasing productivity and avoiding litigation.
In recent days, I’ve been thinking a great deal about humility. Oftentimes humility seems to become more prominently displayed when one is hurt, challenged, or broken in some way. On the other hand, I can’t help but think of the very best leaders I work with on a regular basis. Most are curious and open to learn. Where did that start? Where did it begin?
A gallery of photos from the sprawling Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, where ASSE’s annual professional development conference was held June 8-11. All photos courtesy of the American Society of Safety Engineers.