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Your Safety Program is NOT Saving Lives

So often we hear people say that the purpose of a company safety program is to keep people safe, or even, it's to save lives.

Welllllllll, sure. That sounds great. Safety professionals love to pat ourselves on the backs about this.

But c'mon. Let's be real.

A safety program isn't a first responder ; it's not an emergency room doc or nurse ‍. It's not a mom or dad ‍, holding their kid's hand as they walk across a busy street for the first time. It's not a superhero ‍ swooping in to save someone who has somehow fallen off the roof of a building or has gotten stuck in quicksand (sidenote - Saturday morning cartoons had me thinking quicksand was going to be a legitimate way that I might die ). 

A safety manual is simply a list of instructions and rules that a business, maybe a small business like yours, provides to their workers and expects them to follow. A safety program includes other things besides the manual, like training, PPE, the culture of the company, a...

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Action Plans: A Tool to Move Your Safety Program Towards Success

 

Action plans are often an overlooked tool that can help your safety program become so many things:

  • more meaningful to your employees
  • less resource heavy (less paperwork just for the sake of doing paperwork, for example) which also means less expensive for you as a business owner
  • in compliance with new safety legislation
  • in compliance with key client requirements

And done right, the work can be delegated so that it's not just you, the business owner or the safety manager, that is stuck with making sure each action item is being done.

Safety Action Plan Workshop Coming Soon

The above video will give you a few quick tips in building your annual safety plan, but we do have a new online workshop starting in January 2021 all about developing, implementing and completing your annual safety action plan.

First, watch the video. And then, if you need more of a hand, add your name to our wait list on our home page and we'll let you know as soon as the workshop is launched!

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Your Safety Statistics Can Mean Boom or Bust for Your Business

 

Safety Statistics. These are often the last thing on anyone's mind when it comes to developing or maintaining a safety program. At least, that is, until it blows up in your face.

I've seen it happen way to often...a small business sort of 'wings it' when it comes to safety statistics, and they screw it up and it comes back to bite them in the ass.

Don't want this to happen to you? Then there are two things I want you to do...

  1. Watch the above video.
  2. Download our free resources by clicking right HERE! Then USE these resources to set up a proper system for your safety statistics. Make sure that whomever is reporting your statistics to clients really understands what they're doing, and use the spreadsheet to track these monthly. It's so much easier than trying to figure it out every few months or annually.

As always, let us know if you have ANY questions or comments. Shoot us an email or connect with us on social media!

 

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How We Developed Our Home Safety Plan

 

After discussions with our whole family this is what we did to build our home safety plan:

We drew maps of each of the floors of our house:
  • Clearly labelled each room
  • Showed all windows and external and internal doors
  • Showed two escape routes from each room
  • Showed where smoke alarms are on all floors
  • Showed where the fire extinguishers are
  • Showed where the CO detector is
  • Described where the family will meet if there is an emergency

We bought and installed more emergency equipment
  • Smoke alarms in each sleeping room (we already had a smoke alarm on each floor)
  • Fire extinguisher (5lb ABC) – one for the kitchen, one for the garage
    • We reviewed how to use them with the kids, how to inspect them ourselves (commercials operations MUST have extinguishers inspected by a third party annually, home extinguishers don’t have to be but you certainly can bring them in)
    • We also talked about when to use a fire extinguisher and when NOT to use one (...
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Making a Plan for a Home Safety Plan

 
Why does it have to take a tragedy for us to make a plan to keep ourselves safe?

My family is going to spend this upcoming week building our home safety plan and pass on everything that we learn to you. Find out why in the video above and then check out next week's post to get everything you need to build your own home safety plan.

And if you are able to donate, you can do so here - Trojan Family Fire Fund.

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Like it our not, the mental health of your workers is affecting your workplace.

 

It's affecting the productivity of your workers. It's affecting their physical safety. And it's affecting how much profit you make.

It's a safety issue and it's your responsibility.

Damn, right??

Oct 10 is World Mental Health Day. Let's talk about how your worker's mental health is impacted by your workplace and how it impacts your workplace. And most importantly, let's talk about what you can do about it.

Watch the video above for all the details.


Looking for some resources?
Canadian Mental Health Association
CSA Standard - Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace
Not Myself Today
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Oh Pandemic, Aren't You Done With Us Yet?

 

Because we are sooooooooo done with you! It's been well over 6 months already, and I hate to say it, but we are still in the thick of it!

Hands up if you've got pandemic fatigue!

Two hands up if pandemic fatigue is straight up impacting your workplace!

Today's video talks about exactly that - how small businesses and their workers are impacted by Pandemic Fatigue and what you can do to combat it!

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Not Your Circus - How to Make Audits Work for Your Organization

 

I've seen way too many small businesses get bogged down with the details of an action plan from an external audit. And not all aspects of the audit necessarily apply to their organization. In this week's video I talk about how you need to make an intentional decision about losing audit points if some aspects of the audit don't apply to your organization.

Have you ever had to do this? I'd love to hear from you! Send us a message and let's start a conversation!

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This is When You Want Rule-Breakers on Your Team

Hey friend – I’m not sure what role you play exactly. Maybe you are the general manager of a small business. Maybe you are the safety administrator. Hell, maybe you are the owner of a small business. Whatever your title is, my bet is that if you’ve ended up on our email list then you are a leader of some kind.

But leaders don’t become leaders by accident. At least not true leaders. True leaders are people that see the best in others and do whatever they can to draw those strengths out. They want to see them grow. They give them every opportunity to succeed, to contribute to the success of the organization.

What does this look like in the world of safety? So often safety is full of rules and guidelines and ‘you shall do this’ and ‘you shall not do that’. And some folks that are considered safety managers or safety leads end up policing and enforcing those rules, which is a huge drag for everyone. No one wants to be policed, no one wants...

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Make Corrective Actions Great Again!

The past...something, something, doomed to repeat it...

In the 1905 book "The Life of Reason: The Phases of Human Progress" Spanish philosopher George Santayana give us the famous (and often paraphrased) quote "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it".

In 2020 Deidra Helmig of Boreal Services Group Inc. says, "If you don't put effort into corrective actions you're going to have the same incident happening again and again". Is Deidra the modern day equivalent of Santayana? I'll let you be the judge.

After an incident, we all want to find out what happened (root cause), and when we get that root cause we can work towards making sure a repeat incident doesn't happen. What is a corrective action? Well, if this is new for you we can look at the definition in CSA Z1000 Occupational health and safety management:

Corrective action — action taken to remove or control the cause of an OHSMS (occupational health and safety management system) nonconformity,...

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