First, Invest In Activators
Failure is not an option when talking safety. The activators within your safety management team will not wait for an accident or tragedy; this individual will take action; a great quality for an EH&S professional. This is more to my point of not hiring a deliberator who creates consensus building exercises; instead you need a decision making team that knows safety with a swagger.
Believe me, in the current work environment there are plenty of EH&S professionals who favor the bureaucracy and hunger for it themselves. Show me a safety and health professional that can see a future problem, provide reasonable safety options while keeping the project going and I’ll show you a profitable company.
I don’t want a safety professional who has a tap root sealing them to their office chairs, an e-mail box full of where the next safety gaggle will be, get out there, “IN THE FIELD”, roll in it and come back smelling like cash with zero liabilities.
Fully Invest in The Program
Survey the Scene: Pre-Determine and maintain RAC evaluations to verify the potential safety hazards and look at the failures of others in similar projects, case study the good, bad and out right ugly of each failure. Understand that many people have died in vain if you choose not to do your own research and realize their sacrifice.
Bring meaning to their misfortunes through the implementation of safety programs that satisfy not only the regulators and the regulated but satisfy your own people’s benefit of safety and security and profit. Be a safety sage by observing the work environment, by knowing how employees will engage their co-workers in the development of a constructive (Risk Assessment Code) that blueprints levels of response effort needed for safe jobs. Eliminate hazards by design, by approach or by protections; clearly compare probability vs. severity. Stop costly project delay’s caused by debate and infighting to yield uncomfortable consensus.
Safety is common sense; but written as an equation, Common Sense = Life Experience + Formal Education + Effective Communication. Training is formal education that provides an open format for life experience to be well communicated to all who attend the training. The standards have no bearing here; it is the input and dedication of the crew that builds effective safety programs.
Having an effective safety agenda establishes responsibilities for ALL employees. A corporate EH&S officer’s ability to hold all accountable, ratchet’s up and down the dynamic tension based upon the RAC, making a formula for eliminating accidents and holding them to near zero if not zero.
Effective safety programming builds an extra-ordinarily positive company reputation and most importantly the elimination of liabilities that threaten both acute and chronic company cash flow and profit. Learn more about Implementing an Effective Safety Program- Part 2