What do key safety leaders need to understand about safety to influence the organization and achieve better and better performance? We’ve devoted more than 20 years to figuring this out and our research has yielded these seven critical insights.
Safety culture and organizational functioning interact with each other in ways that affect decisions, safety-related behavior, and performance. Safety culture not only impacts safety but is a driver of organizational performance in general.
The Hippocratic Oath was originally written over 2,400 years ago, and meant primarily for the medical profession, but what if safety leaders at all levels committed to a Hippocratic Oath? What do I mean by ‘safety leaders’? Anyone in a position to influence safety is a safety leader; this is not meant just for EHS professionals. How many lives would be saved? How many injuries prevented? How much less pain and suffering would families endure? With some minor edits to the original oath, I’d suggest the following is worth discussing with your leadership teams:
To our many friends, colleagues, and clients,
We greatly appreciate the many emails asking if we are safe. The short answer is yes. As the fires cycle down, we have no injuries to our staff, consultants, and partners. We are all safe and thankful for it. It was so very gratifying to be asked by so many of you.
What is a meaningful safety conversation? In this video, I define what a meaningful safety conversation is. I describe why it’s important. Having a genuine dialogue – not a safety speech – helps you create great relationships with your employees! It gives you positive influence! Watch to learn more about this important tool in safety leadership.
In this video, David Libby shares his thoughts about Behavior-Based Safety. Many companies tend to look at behavior as a way to find fault – discouraging employees from openly discussing what happened when things went wrong. Watch our thoughts on how these situations should be seen as learning opportunities.
It was 1993 and Paul O’Neill was attending his first board meeting as a Director at one of the largest companies in the world. Just as the meeting was coming to a close, O’Neill asked, “Where is the safety report?” As the story goes, no safety report was planned but the question had profound effects. It set the company on the path to creating safety excellence and embedding safety as a cultural value. Board member influence can do that — uniquely — and it saves lives while creating business value.