Archive for the ‘Behavior’ Category

When it comes to safety – you need to have PASSION.   Employees know when you are going through the motions and “just complying” or “checking the boxes”.   When you inject PASSION into what you are doing – you are a believer and it shows – others start to become believers as well – others start to have safety PASSION.  This is how we create the right safety culture.

We don’t have to have all the answers – we just need the PASSION to find them.   How often do we come across the manager who knows everything?  The manager who has done it all?   This is the same guy who rules with an iron fist and employs the “my way or the highway approach”.   You will be hard pressed to find PASSION in this style of management.  Rather, this style of management is more prone to politics and excuses.

I encourage you to display true PASSION at your next safety meeting.   Watch out – it will become contagious!

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

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As I have previously mentioned, each month I host a safety conference call.   We had approximately 130 people participate this week on the February call.    When I first started hosting these calls, all I would hear is myself talk – there was very little PARTICIPATION and dialogue.   We have come a long way – now we have a ton of PARTICIPATION and a lively conversation.   As I reflect upon how far we have come, it makes me proud to have changed the culture, involvement,  PARTICIPATION and ownership in our safety program.

What is so rewarding are the results – through this change in culture, involvement,  PARTICIPATION and ownership, we have created a pro-active environment where we are achieving positive results.    I am excited about where we are heading.   I will continue to encourage PARTICIPATION in our monthly calls – what will you do?

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

Why do employees take unnecessary risks and put themselves in harms way?   Let’s review basic behavior in a RISK vs REWARD model.   In simple terms, all behaviors can be placed in one of four quadrants as depicted here:

Our goal is to move all jobs / tasks from high risk to low risk.   When specific jobs or tasks can not be engineered to be low risk, we rely on procedures and humans to make the correct decisions.   We want employees to change their behaviors from high risk (right two quadrants) to low risk (left two quadrants).   Let’s reviews examples the high risk quadrants:

High Risk / Low Reward – In a manufacturing environment, an example of a high risk behavior with low reward is not following lock-out / tag-out procedures.   Why would someone want to do something that is high risk when there is little or no reward?   When you peel the onion back further you find the reasons for this behavior include lack of training or understanding, lack of readily available tools (locks),  and a belief that the behavior is not high risk.    Other examples of high risk behaviors with low rewards include running machinery without proper guards in place, not using fall protection when working at elevated heights, and not using proper PPE on a specific job.   All of these situations are completely avoidable with a robust safety culture and proper leadership.

High Risk / High Reward – An example of a high risk behavior with high reward includes firefighters, front line military personnel, bomb squad personnel and similar jobs.   These jobs require intense training and safety is continuously stressed.   Personnel in these occupations are continuously searching for a safer way to perform their jobs and continuously striving to mitigate risk and move into the low risk / high reward quadrant.  Positive safety culture and strong leadership are very prevalent in this quadrant.   In a manufacturing environment, I can not come up with an example of a job where a high risk behavior includes a high reward.

In comparing these two quadrants, it is very obvious what the major differences are – culture and leadership.   In taking this one step further, a positive, strong safety culture does not exist (or last) without leadership.

I prefer to operate in the low risk quadrants – what about you?

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