Safety

Training Leaders for a Strong Safety Culture Part 2

In part one of this subject, we discussed that a skilled worker doesn’t always transition well into a skilled leader.  Just like workers have a learning curve and require training to learn and hone their skill, crew leaders, supervisors, and foremen also need to be taught leadership skills. The following are some recommendations to prepare …

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Training Leaders for a strong safety culture part 1

Supervisors are in the trenches so to speak. They oversee the actual work being performed and have authority to make changes and correct hazards. In the U.S. the most common system for advancing in a company is to reward productive workers by giving them a supervisory position. I often find this approach unproductive. Why? As …

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ACCOUNTABILITY IS ESSENTIAL FOR SAFETY PART 2

Our previous safety blog talked about accountability; setting high expectations and then following through. We considered that even when you have economic and work pressures pushing against maintaining a high standard, the cost of not holding people responsible can be an even steeper price to pay.  What are some steps to take to guarantee accountability? …

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Accountability is essential for safety part 1

Accountability is essential for safety part 1 A while back, I conducted a class and discussed the importance of accountability in safety. I talked about the great examples of some local companies that set high expectations and hold people accountable. The example was that if you break a rule, like not wearing a piece of …

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Integrating safety value to foster a strong safety climate part 2

As considered in part 1, employees need to see safety written into the fabric of a company’s policy and processes.  Obviously having it in print and translated aren’t enough. Employees need to see real commitment and action behind the words. There must be high expectations and accountability. “Do as I say, not as I do,” …

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Interpreting for mandatory training?

Every company has a certain amount of federally- or state-mandated required training. For example, the following is a list of subjects that OSHA® requires company to cover annually. The list is not exhaustive. Occupational Noise Exposure 1910.95 for employees in a hearing conservation program. Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response 1910.120 for employees that could …

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Integrating Safety Value to Promote a Strong Safety Climate – Part I

In the previous two blogs, we discussed the importance of management and leadership setting the right example to promote a strong safety culture. We talked about the fact that many companies say that safety is their number one priority. However, their actions reveal a very different thing. Therefore, we consider in this article how a …

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Onboarding Training

There is a difference between orientation and onboarding employee training. Orientation is usually related to human resources and is done at the first week of employment. It covers a wide variety of general information that employees need to know, like company culture and employees’ benefits. On the other hand, onboarding typically is department specific and …

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