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Behavior Safety

  • Gun Control and Behavioral Based Safety

    In the last few years it seems like we’ve discussed everything safety that can be discussed. The challenge is always relevance or the topic du jour. We discussed bike safety, cold, hot, electrical, first dates, crossing guards, and ladder safety in the woods. We discussed drugs and alcohol in the workplace and its overall effect on not just the work environment but the dangers it presents behind the wheel, and at home. Not to mention the precedent setting laws created to appease a minority. Whoops I almost got political. I’ve tried to avoid political topics even though it can be a safety issue.

    In the last years we’ve seen a rise in “Gun Violence”. The issue has polarized the Second Amendmentcountry and challenged us to act to a point where as a safety company we are developing an “Active Shooter Awareness” training. What a sad day. The second amendment, “The right to Keep, and Bear Arms” doesn’t mean wearing a short sleeved or a sleeveless shirt or blouse. I don’t mean to diminish the issue because it truly has touched a lot of lives. It seems everyone has an opinion and to try to make everybody happy would create turmoil, in a system that was meant to be simple, by creating “what ifs” and “exceptions”. That’s a lawyer’s pay day.

    Yes “Everybody’s Life Matters.” So as safety advocates what can we do short of metal detectors at the gate? We’ve said it before. We must create a culture of safety. Employ “Behavior” based programs using “on line training”, classroom and production floors or wherever it is appropriate. Where everyone is not just responsible for his or her own safety but for recognizing the safety of those they work with, and treating them with respect. Employers need to be involved. It starts at the top. They must challenge their HR and Safety departments, and supervisors, to be vigilant, and proactive in their training and making good choices, while exercising fairness.

    I don’t mean to oversimplify the problem. This is a problem that is not going to go away anytime soon, because it is as complex as is our society is in general, with instant access to…(you fill in the blank here). We do need to break the problem down into its simplest terms, and remember it’s not a competition; “We VS. Them” so you can read the results in the sports news tomorrow. It’s a matter of taking care of each other, while recognizing individual needs. Its Basic Living 101, and respecting the rights of all. This isn’t a new concept it’s been around since the dawn of man. Need one more example? Read the story of the “Good Samaritan” You can search it on line or you can find it in the Bible Luke 10:25-37. We need to restart somewhere and soon. Please consider being a part of the solution. It starts at home.

  • Why Behavior Based Safety Training

    It would seem that today people in general react differently to stimulus than in the past. The Late Vince Lombardi former coach of the Green Bay Packers could dictate to his players and make it stick by using an unyielding, no nonsense, non-negotiable set of rules. Moms, and Dads could say “ Because I said so” or “You wait till your Father comes home” , to instill fear and keep junior in line. Ruling with an iron fist is no longer the idea du jour. It is being replaced by a set of more “human” rules or objectives. People today want to be treated as individuals, and rewarded for a job well done, as part of a team. Thus we have “Behavior Based Safety”, and the need for Behavior Based Safety Training.

    Behavior based safety is more of an attitude, and creates the proverbial “Win-Win” scenario. It’s a system that promotes a safety culture and rewards and regulates safety. It’s an overall approach to managing safety. It’s an attitude rather than a set of rules. A safety culture is achieved and maintained when it’s begun, encouraged, and practiced by management. When this occurs, safety becomes a part of doing business, and puts everybody on the same plane. Behavior based safety is proactive and involves everybody from the top down. It is not reactive, and has an ongoing purpose in developing good safety practices. A reactive program is cyclical. It’s active because there has been an issue. It’s a rush to stop the bleeding so to speak. Once the bleeding has stopped, so has the ongoing training, until the next rider falls off of the bull. Behavior Based Safety Training has proven to reduce overall costs, and accidents, without the dilemma of cyclical drama. Empowering your employees to be a part of your overall safety program, reporting unsafe conditions, equipment or ppe without fear of retribution, is a positive, and encourages the type of recurring behavior we are trying to promote and foster. A good safety plan is measured, and validated by how effectively accident rates are reduced or controlled

    Behavior Based Safety is watching out for each other not because it’s the law but it’s because watching out for each other is the right thing to do. It’s contagious and improves employee morale. If your employees are happy they are more productive. That improves your bottom line. This type of attitude will also carry over into your behavior away from work as well improving your quality of life, and those around you whether you love them or hate them. Start by getting a plan together http://www.safetyinstruction.com/behavioral_based_safety_program.htm Get your supervisors involved, and trained http://www.safetyinstruction.com/online-safety-training/behavior-based.htm A Plan for “Behavior Based Safety Training” is good for everybody.

  • Child and Behavioral Health, Taking Stock The Birth of a Grandson

    “The Birth of a Grandson”

    Last week we discussed Hearing Protection, and how important it is to bring home what you learn at work regarding safety.

    In 2010 the CDC (Center for Disease control) reported that there were 29.3 million emergency department visits for what they call “unintentional injuries” at home, we call them accidents. That’s a big number.

    The other day I witness the birth of a grandson. Well ok I didn’t really witness the event, they wouldn’t let me in. I was however taken up in the emotion of it all, a proud grandfather, and a very willing photographer. You just got to love these new digital cameras. I watched as my son, an even prouder new father, grinned from ear to ear, and my daughter in law gleamed like it was Christmas. Truth is, it was like Christmas, and a more blessed gift we could not have asked for.

    Of course all of this doesn’t come without responsibilities. They already have a 1 year old son as well. So Dad, it’s time for a site inspection, as I pray every day that our grandchildren don’t become a CDC statistic. Inspect the house for trip hazards, open stairways, electrical outlets, burn hazards, sharps, toys that are too small and become choking hazards, crib safety. Is your TV balanced properly, or anything else that has tendencies to tip? Children think these things are jungle gyms. This is just the beginning. Are your cleaning products secured and out of reach? What about medications? I don’t think that diaper changing falls under “Hazcom” but I’ve seen some that come close.

    For more information there are several websites to help keep your children safe, for example www.safekids.org. Don’t forget about your “child care provider”. Please don’t forget about “Fido” are the pets good with kids? Teaching your children to be safe is important, not just for their physical health, but, for emotional, and social health as well.

    In the Safety Industry, social health is Behavioral health. At both work and at home you develop a safety culture. You learn to look at, and look out, for the safety of others. You know and understand the concepts of safety, and you don’t keep them a secret. You share them, that others might do the same for the betterment of all. It’s about communicating, and that comes from the top. Get everybody involved, get them talking about it, even if you have to incentivize it. A “Snickers” Candy bar and a day with the grandkids will do it for me.

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