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More Safe 6……

Let’s lift the hood on Safe 6.  Do you think it’s a straight 6 or a V-6?  Never mind, that’s going a bit too far.  Let’s just consider each cylinder of the Safe 6 engine.  (Okay, I heard you, enough already with the car analogy.)

In the last post we laid out what employees need to know about Safe 6.  It wasn’t extensive.  It was practical.  We also said the person responsible for explaintowpathing the Safe 6 Brief should have a solid understanding.  Obviously, the person preparing the Brief needs to have the greatest familiarity with Safe 6.  However, Safe 6 is very forgiving. Briefs don’t have to start out as a complete and thorough document.

A Safe 6 Brief that covers the important points is just fine for a start.  In fact, it really should evolve as it is used by employees and with solicited input from employees. Employee involvement cannot be stressed enough.  So, the point is that to get started you don’t need a service department, just a motivated and enthusiastic salesman, I mean supervisor!

It’s time to break down Safe 6.  There are 6 simple steps, three that are addressed prior to the task and three that encompass task completion:

Pre-Work Phase: Recognize – Prepare – Inspect
Work Phase: Control – Operate – Guard

A key commitment of The Safely Working Project is to build concepts using simple and sensible as guidelines (among others).  Safe 6 has been designed using these guidelines.  In fact, the best way to describe Safe 6 is by using a parts list (sorry, couldn’t resist).  Frankly, if Safe 6 can’t be put together with a simple parts list and diagram, it is too complicated.

Pre-Work Phase

1-Recognize All the Dangers – Know the Task


2-Prepare and Organize the Work Space – Gather Everything Needed


3-Inspect and Check the Equipment – Eliminate the Unexpected

Work Space
Inspection records
Safety features

Work Phase

4-Control the Conditions and Remove Dangers – Make it Safe

Team review
Supervisor approval
Personal protective equipment

5-Operate and Complete the Task Skillfully – The Do’s

Work practices – do’s

6-Guard Against Mishaps – The Don’ts

Precautions – Don’ts

Safe 6 is designed to be flexible and applied to most any task.  That means that certain steps may not be as applicable as others or some of the “parts” won’t be needed.  Safe 6 attempts to be more inclusive than exclusive.  It’s always easier to cross things off a list than it is to add to it.  Don’t hesitate to apply Safe 6 as it can be best applied in your work situation.  Safe 6 applied is better than Safe 6 ignored.

Finally, Safe 6, along with The Safely Working Project, is a work in progress.  It is evolving and constantly being refined and improved.  If you have a question, comment or suggestion, please contact us.  Your feedback is important to all that use Safe 6 in their Safely Working Environment.


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

“Safe 6” and “Safely Working” are registered trademarks of Trailmarker Ltd.

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.”