Archive for April, 2013

The most important aspect of any safety program is LEADERSHIP.   One could argue that participation, compliance or teamwork are more important – but I would disagree.   LEADERSHIP sets the tone for creating the proper safety culture.  As you embark upon your safety journey, you must be committed to LEADERSHIP.   

I will compare and contrast two facilities – let’s call them facility A and facility B (by the way – this is a real example).   Both facilities operate with the exact same safety program (rules, training, resources, etc).   Both facilities manufacture the same products with the same equipment.   Both facilities have the same number of employees.   Facility A has been accident free for two years.   Facility B had 3 accidents last year and 1 accident this year so far.   What is the difference between these two facilities?   Only one answer – LEADERSHIP!   The individual at facility A is a leader who embraces the safety program and drives for improvement.    The individual at facility B is not so much a leader and goes through the motions.    Which facility has better financial performance, customer satisfaction, etc?  You got it – facility A. 

I will continue to push for safety LEADERSHIP – what about you?

STAY SAFE!     **  Jeff  **   214-215-2434

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This week I reflected upon the first quarter of 2013 and reviewed our Q1 safety record and data – WE DEFINITELY HAVE SOMETHING SPECIAL GOING!    We have 34 facilities operating across the world in 6 countries.   When we started our safety journey our statistics were “average” as it relates to the data published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.    We created a program that focuses on compliance, awareness, accountability, and participation that was very easy to use.   We dropped our TCIR (Total Case Incident Rate) from the mid 5’s to 1.0 for the first quarter of 2013.   That is in the zone of “World Class” being measured with DuPont, Alcoa and others that are very respected in the safety community.   Further, our North American workers compensation claims were less than $12k (paid and incurred) for the first quarter.   Before we started our current journey, our workers compensation claims exceeded $1.7 million dollars on an annual basis!

I am a firm believer that even one accident is too many.   Every employee should return home each and every day in the same condition in which they came to work.   We, as employers, have an obligation to provide a safe working environment.    I take this obligation very seriously.

I am very proud of where we have taken our safety program – WE DEFINITELY HAVE SOMETHING SPECIAL GOING! – what about you?

STAY SAFE!     **  Jeff  **   214-215-2434

ENTHUSIASM is the fire that burns in the belly of our ambitions.  Without ENTHUSIASM our ambitions wilt into pale and lifeless wishes.  ENTHUSIASM and success go hand in hand, but ENTHUSIASM always comes first.  ENTHUSIASM inspires confidence, raises morale, and builds loyalty.   ENTHUSIASM is contagious. You can feel ENTHUSIASM by the way a person talks, walks or shakes hands.   ENTHUSIASM is a habit that one can acquire and practice.  ENTHUSIASM and desire are what change mediocrity to excellence.

Many decades ago, Charles Schwab, who was earning a salary of a million dollars a year, was asked if he was being paid such a high salary because of his exceptional ability to produce steel.   Charles Schwab replied, “I consider my ability to arouse ENTHUSIASM among the men the greatest asset I possess, and the way to develop the best is by appreciation and encouragement.”

“Nothing great is ever achieved without ENTHUSIASM.”  —Ralph Waldo Emerson (Essayist, lecturer, and poet)

“A mediocre idea that generates ENTHUSIASM will go further than a great idea that inspires no one.” —Mary Kay Ash (Businesswoman and founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics)

“You can do anything if you have ENTHUSIASM.  ENTHUSIASM is the yeast that makes your hopes rise to the stars. With it, there is accomplishment. Without it there are only alibis.”   —Henry Ford (Industrialist and founder of the Ford Motor Company)

“I studied the lives of great men and famous women, and I found that the men and women who got to the top were those who did the jobs they had in hand, with everything they had of energy and ENTHUSIASM.” —Harry Truman (33rd President of the United States)

“If you do not feel ENTHUSIASM for what you are doing, it will show.” —Catherine Pulsifer (Author, inspirational speaker and editor)

“The real secret of success is ENTHUSIASM. Yes, more than ENTHUSIASM, I would say excitement. I like to see men get excited. When they get excited they make a success of their lives. ” —Walter Chrysler (founder of  the Chrysler Corporation)

“Every memorable act in the history of the world is a triumph of ENTHUSIASM. Nothing great was ever achieved without it because it gives any challenge or any occupation, no matter how frightening or difficult, a new meaning. Without ENTHUSIASM you are doomed to a life of mediocrity but with it you can accomplish miracles.” —Og Mandino (Author of the bestselling book: The Greatest Salesman in the World)

I have ENTHUSIASM for safety – what about you?

STAY SAFE!     **  Jeff  **   214-215-2434

This week  I was fortunate enough to sit in a two day hands-on workshop regarding RISK ASSESSMENT – I am glad that I had this opportunity.   We are always looking at ways to take our safety program up to the next level.   This session provided practical tools for us to implement and make our safety program better.

When you perform a RISK ASSESSMENT of any job or task,  you identify a multitude of potential hazards.   You mitigate the risk by controlling these hazards through administrative controls, engineering controls, or a combination of the two.   The main item that stood out for me was how much we rely on administrative controls.     When performing the RISK ASSESSMENT and looking at mitigating controls, the administrative controls provide some mitigation but engineering controls are always a better solution for protection.

The process that we learned in this workshop was to score a job or task.  The score was comprised of a severity factor (1 through 5) multiplied by a frequency factor (1 through 5) to come up with the RISK ASSESSMENT score for that particular task.   The team would then brainstorm various administrative controls (job rotation, procedures, etc) and engineering controls (tool modification, barrier guard, etc) and re-score the job after implementing these controls.    On the surface it seems very simple – why haven’t we done this before?

We have never dissected a task solely to evaluate risk and assign a score.    We implement some controls, guards, etc but never really evaluate the risk.   This RISK ASSESSMENT tool gives us the opportunity to review all jobs and prioritize where we spend our resources so we make the largest impact on the operation.

I am a firm believer in RISK ASSESSMENT – what about you?

STAY SAFE!     **  Jeff  **   214-215-2434