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...
Action plans are often an overlooked tool that can help your safety program become so many things:
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.
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!
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...
As always, let us know if you have ANY questions or comments. Shoot us an email or connect with us on social media!
After discussions with our whole family this is what we did to build our home safety plan:
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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...
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,...
Join our newsletter list for insider tips about the safety industry, insights we've gained from working in the front lines, client features, and updates about our newest offerings.
We keep our messages to you light and short and NEVER share our email lists with anyone!