Common wisdom in safety has it that the quick-fix doesn't work. In fact, it has a bad rep. Many of today's safety gurus talk about lasting culture change taking from three to five years. And many of us accept this thinking. But why? Well, for one thing it ensures that no one has false expectations for immediate improvement. But it also serves to reduce accountability of outside consultants!
Perhaps we need to look more closely at those expectations. Can we break the paradigm that says lasting improvement and culture change take three to five years? No doubt it requires a long-term commitment. But recent experience with several clients and an examination of current research findings leads us to this suggestion: Safety professionals should examine the opportunities to achieve fairly immediate, measurable improvements.