Why my role exists, to me, is that it is simply for the people. The people I get to work with and for each day. When it’s about names, not numbers, there is a True North that continues to direct my vision of what World Class truly looks like.
Safety is a core value for the oil and natural gas industry, which works to improve safety in the workplace through ongoing research, standards development, training, information sharing, and advocacy.
These efforts are paying off. The injury and illness rate for the U.S. oil and natural gas industry remains well below the national average for all private sectors.
Before you can begin the journey toward the goal of zero injuries and incidents, leaders must believe it’s possible. Many people argue that “zero” isn’t possible — it is a proven truth that can be seen in every area of human endeavor.
Effective asset management and operations are the life blood of any business. The old adage of “grow or die” applies universally, so all work must be executed to deliver business success, or the business will not be competitive and eventually will cease to exist.
NSC president and CEO Deborah Hersman, asked audience members if it’s possible to eliminate preventable deaths. In her opening she said to focus on starting with your team and moving up from there. She asked attendees to stand if they thought it is possible to eliminate all preventable workplace injuries.
I recently heard a saying that I really like, “the dog with the bone is always in danger.” Most all of us have a “golden dog-bone” within our organizations – whether it be sales numbers, market share, profit numbers, new product alignment, employee turnover rates, quality, productivity, and yes, safety performance indicators.
Making mistakes is part of being human. There are many factors that contribute to making mistakes, including inattention, lack of experience and over-confidence. In recent years, the field of behavior-based safety has exploded. Much of its focus is on assessing why people make mistakes, and what to do about it.
Among the articles in the April 2020 issue of ISHN Magazine, we get some expert advice on how to strengthen safety by emphasizing equipment reliability, discuss the methods that really work to identify hazards, consider ergonomic options in the materials handling industry, and much more.