New Year’s Resolution for 2016: Ditch the Safety Culture…… Huh?

First, I want to wish IMG_20150901_093203you a Happy New Year!  I trust you had a joyous time with your family over the holidays.  That’s what it’s all about!

So, with the New Year come resolutions.  Is continuing to build a “Safety Culture” still at the top of your list?  I’m here to say, ditch it.  However, I don’t mean to imply that a safety culture is not important.  The intent is to suggest there is a better, more encompassing approach to maintaining a positive workplace culture where employees are Safely Working.

A Safety Culture or as we call it, a Safely Working Environment cannot achieve success if it is created in isolation from the rest of an organization.  A Safely Working Environment is the product or reflection of how an organization does everything, not just safety.  So, everyone in an organization should be contributing to a culture that supports all efforts that make an enterprise successful including values, wellness, health, leadership, quality and safety.

In keeping with our intent to provide simple, effective guidance The Safely Working Project offers 6 fundamental guidelines for an organization as a starting point.

  1. Be a learning organization.
  2. “How” is more important than “why ” in safety.
  3. Remember, no one comes to work to get hurt.
  4. Always keep it simple and sensible.
  5. Safely Working is a Value.
  6. Safe 6 is the one rule to rule them all.

Consider each carefully.  Don’t take them at face value.  Each has its own role in building and maintaining your positive workplace culture.

If “Safety Culture” has its own line item in your Safety/EHS Department budget, remove it.  Creating a positive workplace culture should be part of an organization’s job description.

Best wishes from all of us at The Safely Working Project!  Have a prosperous, positive and successful 2016.

 

©2016 The Safely Working Project & P.D. Shafer III

“Safe 6” and “Safely Working” are registered trademarks of Trailmarker Ltd.
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The Safely Working Project is focused wholly on employees and their health and well-being in the workplace.  The Project promotes useful guidance that does not depend on a safety professional or staff to facilitate in the workplace.

The Safely Working Project envisions a path to workplace safety that is driven by employees and supervisors.  This is fundamentally different from the traditional Safety Program where an EHS Professional manages workplace safety.  So, instead of top down safety, Safely Working endeavors to succeed from the ground up. “We’re turning safety upside down.”

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Task Rundown: Training……

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Detail training requirements set in OSHA regulations and organization training plan relevant to the task. Determine training frequency interval. Attach all relevant documents including Safe 6 Briefs.

The Task Rundown is a tool that is used to gather and assemble knowledge in one place about a specific task.  It is helpful for supervisors and those responsible for developing Safe 6 Briefs and training.  The Rundown is made up of 6 elements:

  • Information – Who, What, When, Where, Why, How
  • Cause – What leads to mishaps
  • Effects – What can happen as a result of a mishap
  • Rules – Guidance that must be followed
  • Training – What training is required for employees
  • Protection – Describe the needed control measures and PPE

 

©2015 The Safely Working Project & P.D. Shafer III

“Safe 6” is a registered trademark of Trailmarker Ltd.
“Safely Working” is a trademark of Trailmarker Ltd.

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The Safely Working Project is focused wholly on employees and their health and well-being in the workplace.  The Project promotes useful guidance that does not depend on a safety professional or staff to facilitate in the workplace.

The Safely Working Project envisions a path to workplace safety that is driven by employees and supervisors.  This is fundamentally different from the traditional Safety Program where an EHS Professional manages workplace safety.  So, instead of top down safety, Safely Working™ endeavors to succeed from the ground up. “We’re turning safety upside down.”

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Task Rundown: Rules……

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Reference organizational programs and procedures. Identify all applicable OSHA regulations. List relevant industry consensus standards and manufacturers operating instructions. Attach any relevant information.

The Task Rundown is a tool that is used to gather and assemble knowledge in one place about a specific task.  It is helpful for supervisors and those responsible for developing Safe 6 Briefs and training.  The Rundown is made up of 6 elements:

  • Information – Who, What, When, Where, Why, How
  • Cause – What leads to mishaps
  • Effects – What can happen as a result of a mishap
  • Rules – Guidance that must be followed
  • Training – What training is required for employees
  • Protection – Describe the needed control measures and PPE

 

©2015 The Safely Working Project & P.D. Shafer III

“Safe 6” is a registered trademark of Trailmarker Ltd.
“Safely Working” is a trademark of Trailmarker Ltd.

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The Safely Working Project is focused wholly on employees and their health and well-being in the workplace.  The Project promotes useful guidance that does not depend on a safety professional or staff to facilitate in the workplace.

The Safely Working Project envisions a path to workplace safety that is driven by employees and supervisors.  This is fundamentally different from the traditional Safety Program where an EHS Professional manages workplace safety.  So, instead of top down safety, Safely Working™ endeavors to succeed from the ground up. “We’re turning safety upside down.”

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Task Rundown: Effects……

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Detail the types of effects associated with the mishaps associated with the task.  Reference whether the effects result in first aid, medical attention, hospitalization, temporary partial disability, temporary total disability, permanent partial disability, permanent total disability.  Explain any history of injuries or illnesses associated with this task.

The Task Rundown is a tool that is used to gather and assemble knowledge in one place about a specific task.  It is helpful for supervisors and those responsible for developing Safe 6 Briefs and training.  The Rundown is made up of 6 elements:

  • Information – Who, What, When, Where, Why, How
  • Cause – What leads to mishaps
  • Effects – What can happen as a result of a mishap
  • Rules – Guidance that must be followed
  • Training – What training is required for employees
  • Protection – Describe the needed control measures and PPE

 

©2015 The Safely Working Project & P.D. Shafer III

“Safe 6” is a registered trademark of Trailmarker Ltd.
“Safely Working” is a trademark of Trailmarker Ltd.

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The Safely Working Project is focused wholly on employees and their health and well-being in the workplace.  The Project promotes useful guidance that does not depend on a safety professional or staff to facilitate in the workplace.

The Safely Working Project envisions a path to workplace safety that is driven by employees and supervisors.  This is fundamentally different from the traditional Safety Program where an EHS Professional manages workplace safety.  So, instead of top down safety, Safely Working™ endeavors to succeed from the ground up. “We’re turning safety upside down.”

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Task Rundown: Cause……

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What are the specific types of mishaps associated with this task? What conditions and behaviors influence the potential for mishaps?  Describe any history and recommended resolutions of mishaps associated with this task .

The Task Rundown is a tool that is used to gather and assemble knowledge in one place about a specific task.  It is helpful for supervisors and those responsible for developing Safe 6 Briefs and training.  The Rundown is made up of 6 elements:

  • Information – Who, What, When, Where, Why, How
  • Cause – What leads to mishaps
  • Effects – What can happen as a result of a mishap
  • Rules – Guidance that must be followed
  • Training – What training is required for employees
  • Protection – Describe the needed control measures and PPE

 

©2015 The Safely Working Project & P.D. Shafer III

“Safe 6” is a registered trademark of Trailmarker Ltd.
“Safely Working” is a trademark of Trailmarker Ltd.

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The Safely Working Project is focused wholly on employees and their health and well-being in the workplace.  The Project promotes useful guidance that does not depend on a safety professional or staff to facilitate in the workplace.

The Safely Working Project envisions a path to workplace safety that is driven by employees and supervisors.  This is fundamentally different from the traditional Safety Program where an EHS Professional manages workplace safety.  So, instead of top down safety, Safely Working™ endeavors to succeed from the ground up. “We’re turning safety upside down.”

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A Simple Question Deserves a Simple Answer……

IMG_20150903_183104“What is Safe 6?”

That’s a simple question I’ve been asked many times over the past 12 months.  It really deserves a simple answer.  In my mind, it is simple. (I know what you are thinking – please keep it to yourself.)  I understand it but, it always seems to take too long to describe Safe 6.  Here are some of the pat answers I’ve given in response to that simple question:

  • Safe 6 is the core concept that drives The Safely Working Project
  • Safe 6 is based on an approach easy to understand and simply applied by employees and supervisors
  • Safe 6 is organized around six simple actions: Recognize, Prepare, Inspect, Control, Operate, Guard
  • Safe 6 is used to develop workplace and task specific Safely Working™ Skills, not generic safe work practices
  • Safe 6 can be used as a mentoring guide and to support corrective conversations
  • Safe 6 can be used as a meeting agenda or as training objectives
  • The Safe 6 format provides for practical and effective employee training by supervisors
  • Safe 6 is the key to a Safely Working™ Environment.

Not one of those statements represents a simple answer to the question.  There’s the challenge.   It’s all important information but, if it takes such a detailed explanation I am not going to succeed at persuading anyone to give Safe 6 a try.

Maybe there is no simple answer since Safe 6 is such a versatile tool for workplace safety.  While developing the Safe 6 concept, The Safely Working Project has been doing its best to make sure that what it develops is not just useful, but compatible with existing workplace safety systems.  However, we’ve not discussed it much.

Here’s a practical representation of where Safe 6 does fit.  Click on the table below.  In the left column is a list of elements in a sound EHS management system loosely based on the OSHA Safety and Health Program Management Guidelinessws.  I added the Quality Management element because of the importance of safety in maintaining quality.

As you can see, each action in Safe 6 is related to a major element of safety management.  This is not a surprise but, it is significant.  It is why we recently announced our new focus on the Safely Working™ System.  We’ve never suggested we are applying rocket science.  We’ve always said we are promoting simple, sensible guidance that can be used regardless of whether or not you have a safety professional or safety staff.  Safe 6 is that kind of a tool.

Now, when I am asked “What is Safe 6?” …… I provide a simple answer:

“Safe 6 is a Personal EHS Management System.”

 

©2015 The Safely Working Project & P.D. Shafer III

“Safe 6” is a registered trademark of Trailmarker Ltd.
“Safely Working” is a trademark of Trailmarker Ltd.

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While we believe what The Safely Working Project is promoting is useful to all employers and safety professionals, our efforts are directed at those small businesses that can’t afford or don’t have a safety professional to facilitate workplace safety.

The Safely Working Project envisions a path to workplace safety that is driven by employees and supervisors.  This is fundamentally different from the traditional Safety Program where an EHS Professional manages workplace safety.  So, instead of top down safety, Safely Working™ endeavors to succeed from the ground up. “We’re turning safety upside down.”

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