Big visions require resources. In a world where resources are limited, safety leaders need to be able to demonstrate why their investment is not just the right thing for the workforce, it’s the best thing for the business.
When people talk about how safety performance has improved over time, they typically focus on three phases: Technical – improvements in machine and equipment safety; Organizational – a concerted effort to improve the safety of all systems and procedures employed in the workplace; and Behavioral – a specific focus on the behaviors of frontline employees….
In our work at Krause Bell Group, we’ve found that the most important ingredient in any safety program is strong leadership. But all too often, senior leaders don’t “get” safety at the level they need to in order to be effective. So what is it that senior leaders need to ‘Get’ about safety? What is…
Putting a solid safety management process in place can be difficult. One thing I think we can all agree on is that you must start with a desire and commitment to having one. Real commitment to a properly designed and implemented safety management process does work, and it works for the whole of the organization.
Which comes first, great safety leadership or great leadership in general? In our view there is no debate: great safety leadership should come first. When leaders lead with safety explicitly by actively promoting safety in their organization, they become great leaders overall.
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.
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:
Four segments with Dr. Tom Krause speaking to a group of senior executives. Leading edge thinking, serious injury and fatality prevention, the role of the senior leader, and how leaders create safety culture.
Most leaders have heard the idea that safety performance is foundational to overall organizational performance. But do leaders really believe that this principle is accurate–to the point that it influences their action and decision making? Getting to this level of understanding requires that leaders see the mechanisms by which safety leads performance. Dr. Krause explains this to a group of senior executives.
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.