Managing Safety Performance News

Hazard/Risk

Harm’s Way

When it comes to getting hurt, there are only three ways that can happen: from something you do; from something someone else does to you; by an Act of God.

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Execution

Effect – And Cause

In this month’s Managing Safety Performance News Paul digs into some of those recent events to see what we can use back on the job to make sure everyone goes home alive and well at the end of each and every day.

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Hazard/Risk

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

Behind every safety rule stands a reason. And that reason almost always has something to do with someone getting hurt, making “every safety rule written in blood.”

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Execution

Word Games

In this month’s Managing Safety Performance News I sent Paul to an ancient place and he came back with some very interesting and useful insights that he shares in this month’s News. I was rewarded and I suspect you will be too.

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Hazard/Risk

Got Machines?

Machinery is everywhere: all that production equipment; maintenance equipment like mills lathes, welders; equipment moving equipment…

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Leadership

Your Safety Culture

In this month’s Managing Safety Performance News Paul examines safety culture: What it is, why it matters, why it can be a problem, and what you need to know to change it. If you’re like me, you’ll get a lot of value out of what he has to say. You may even get a new appreciation of the paper that lines your hallways.

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Hazard/Risk

Recognizing What Can Hurt Us

You’re driving a truck. On a narrow, one-way street, eastbound on a beautiful late summer morning. Your route calls for you to make a right turn…

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Hazard/Risk

Stopping The Job

In this month’s Managing Safety Performance News Paul examines making stop work decisions at work and the critical importance of that decision. Oh, yes, the client stopped the work and canceled the class in Houston. Our teacher did go to Salt Lake City so the client, in a Harvey-free area did not need to stop the work. Our teacher on the river stopped the work and headed to Fort Worth. Paul will give you some suggestions about making your stop work decisions.

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Hazard/Risk

Safe to Go?

When a traffic light turns green, how many people actually take the time think about the choices?

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Execution

Forward!

In this month’s Managing Safety Performance News Paul shares his thoughts on making real change occur. Sure, from time to time change has a lot of different names, but change by another name is still change. Humor aside, making change in the direction of sending people home alive and well at the end of every day is pretty darn important and Paul has some darn good advice on making that happen.

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The Journey To Zero

This month Paul discuss the annual performance review process on The Journey to Zero. He reflects on safety goals and the measurement of safety performance and if there is a measurement there is a need for comparison — aka benchmarking. This is where it gets really interesting — compared to what? Then he points out the part of the process that in his experience is not done well. I think you’ll find his conclusions quite interesting and even useful.

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On Further Review

This month Paul reflects back on the annual tradition of reflecting back during the holidays about what matters most and sending people home alive and well at the end of the year. He discusses the value of reflecting back on incidents and near misses — the root cause of root causes. And he shares his thoughts on the flaws in most investigations, but I am going to stop there and let him have the last word.

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Seeking Understanding

This month Newton Scavone, one of our senior teacher/consultants, who was born and raised in Brazil, shares his thoughts on many aspects of understanding and why it matters to sending people home alive and well at the end of the day. He shares his journey seeking understanding and explains the difference, in his terms of art, between “square feet” and “cubic feet” of understanding.

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A Little Doubt

Doubt is a feeling of uncertainty; a lack of conviction. Feel unsure, you’ll be reluctant to commit and take action. Thinking that sounds like a bad thing, but it that really true – for safety?

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Owning Safety

This month Paul steps aside so that Gary Rivenes, one of our senior teacher/consultants, can share his thoughts on the responsibility of leaders to own safety — theirs and that of those who work for them. Gary makes the case that owning safety is critical to getting great safety performance but that owning it, without acting on it, is not enough.

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A Reset

This month Paul takes a moment to hit the reset button when it comes to running effective safety meetings, and revisits the simple approach of asking the right questions to help you make the most of yours.

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Recognizing Hazards

This month Paul does a deep dive into understanding hazards — what can hurt us – and hazard recognition. Actually, that is not exactly correct, he does a deep dive into understanding the failure to recognize hazards and getting to the truth about what really happened. As long as I have known him, Paul has had a fascination of trying to understand what really happened when things go wrong. He puts the “axe of truth” to the reported findings. He has done Root Cause of Root Cause investigations analyzing the findings of reports in his organization and those in the public domains. Whatever your role in your organization, understanding what he shares this month can make a difference sending people home alive and well at the end of the day.

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Knowing And Understanding

There’s a world of difference between knowing something and understanding it. In this edition of the Flash, Paul gives some insight as to how we come to understand, as well as what might be done with that important knowledge.

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The More Things Change

This summer Paul has locked himself in his hut, affectionately known as “The Cave”, working on the Second Edition of Alive And Well At The End Of The Day. Last week Paul finished the task and has reemerged from The Cave. This month he shares some of what he was thinking about while writing. He reflects on making change happen, accountability and culture while discussing recent headlines. He’s included some insight into the writing process as well.

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