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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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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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Taking Action on Incident Investigations

Incidents suck. I know.

But you know what's even worse?

When you have an incident and it's all in vain. No one learns anything. The safety program doesn't improve. Somebody just gets hurt or property gets damaged and every feels like crap and morale goes down and everyone goes on their merry (aka shitty) way. It doesn't have to be that way. Incidents suck, but there CAN be positives that come from them. Read on, friend...

Why did it happen?

Incident investigations aren't good or bad, they're learning opportunities. Yes, the incidents themselves can be bad, but the investigations should start with the goal of "let's figure out how we can stop incidents like this from every happening again". If we conduct a thorough incident investigation but we can't prevent similar incidents from happening, then all that effort is in vain.

In the March 2020 issue of Occupational Health & Safety, Robert Pater's article "Dynamic Leadership Means Going Beyond Asking...

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Create Your Own Alternate Reality

The 1998 movie "Sliding Doors" looks at 2 parallel realities. In one reality the Helen (played by Gwyneth Paltrow) just misses her train (the doors slide closed...get it? Sliding Doors) and in the next reality she just barely catches her train. The movie looks at the differences and similarities Helen's reality resulting from the sliding doors. It's a "what if?" type of thought experiment.

We can conduct our own alternate reality thought experiments by investigating near misses. A near miss (or near hit) is a gift wrapped tool you can use to analyze your safety program, your procedures, your resources, and really just about anything else you can think of.

What If?

A near miss presents a risk-free opportunity to ask "what if?" questions, and these questions can look into the future...

If this was an actual lost-time incident how would it affect production?

and the questions can go into the past...

Would the potential for an incident be lowered if we changed things at the very...

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Not my fault! What happens after an incident?

Let's play the blame game!

Hot tip: YOU ARE NEVER LOOKING TO PLACE BLAME DURING AN INCIDENT INVESTIGATION!

There's been an incident. An excellent field level hazard assessment controlled the risk, but also included additional PPE in the event the control failed...so make sure you treat your FLHA like a critical piece of PPE. Anyway, who do we blame? Quick answer is NOBODY. We're looking for a root cause, we're not looking to place blame. Why? Well, if we looked to blame someone for an incident, you'd likely find everyone involved to be far less cooperative, or overly cooperative in looking to throw someone else under the bus. In Canada we even have a law that says you can't testify against yourself...but thankfully we're talking about an incident investigation and not a trial, so you don't have to worry about that law. 

But I really, really want to blame someone...

Gord Winkel, teaching professor at the University of Alberta specializing in safety, and former Syncrude VP, gave...

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