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SCnSP – The Snooze Button

♦♦  CULTURE   &   SAFETY PERFORMANCE  ♦♦
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The  Snoo-zzz-zzz-e  Button

Delaying action

clock ticking countdown tick-tock

     

Growing up in Namibia, I spent many of my holidays on my grandparents’ farm, which is in the arid areas of the country. There was no electricity and every drop of water had to be pumped from a borehole. This didn’t worry my grandfather in the least. Regardless of the season, he was up every morning before sunrise, when the old cuckoo clock struck four, and in the kitchen making coffee, before heading out to attend to the work of the day.

He didn’t press a snooze button. In fact, I doubt he ever set an alarm clock. His motto was: “Today, Not Tomorrow”. He knew that when it’s time to plough, that’s what you do, because the rains don’t have a snooze button. The same went for the cows. When they came into the kraal in the early morning, it was milking time. No hitting the snooze button.

The snooze button is an invention which encourages the poor habit of delaying unavoidable action. Pressing the snooze button buys one a few extra minutes’ sleep, but doesn’t make a difference in the long run. Instead of hitting the ground running, we fall prey to this folly of delayed action, which often results in things taking longer in the end. Every time we choose “I-can-do-that-later”, we waste time picking up the thread and re-focussing.

In safety, there are a number of things that, like the rain and milking cows, don’t have a snooze button. Opportunity and risk are two examples. Opportunity normally has a short timeframe and if you press snooze, in most cases, you will lose. The expression: “There will always be another opportunity” is loser’s language. The same goes for risk. Once you have identified it, you have to deal with it, because you can’t put a risky situation on hold. Actually, if you don’t take swift action you will likely create an even bigger risk by breeding complacency.

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Take time NOW to think about your personal snooze buttons.

Questions you can ask yourself:

  • What (and why) will you put off this year?
  • How often do you say to yourself: “I don’t have time now, I’ll do it later”?
  • How often do you allow your work to be disrupted?
  • How frequently do you allow yourself to be distracted from what you are busy with?
  • Have you ever taken note of how many times you use your Inbox, or phones, or meetings as snooze buttons, thereby delaying making decisions, taking charge, seizing an opportunity and choosing to take action?

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SpEd_CA – Year-end Message (2016)


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✨✨✨   YEAR-END MESSAGE   ✨✨✨

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Dec 2016

Be Prepared

Picture: Year-end Call to Action

Thinking ahead to 2017

     

What is not started today is never finished tomorrow.

— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Before you go on holiday or kick into holiday mode, make a short list of those things you would work on or complete this year if you had an extra month at your disposal.

Take this list and paste it on your whiteboard, notice board or some other place where you will see it when you get back. This is the list you should start working on right away in 2017.

Picture: Getting it done

Thank you for accompanying me on my journey through 2016.

I look forward to sharing 2017 with you … it’s going to be a year of change and growth and rocking the “safety boat”. Take care and stay safe until then.

May all the blessings of Christmas be yours (even if you don’t celebrate it) …
Jürgen & the eKhuluma team

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GM – Out of the Blue

♦♦♦   ROAD SAFETY   ♦♦♦

Out of the Blue

accidents are caused

I have been preaching: “Accidents don’t just happen – they are caused by someone choosing to do the wrong thing or choosing not to do the right thing“. This could be via design, maintenance, use, disposal, or an outright, deliberate choice to break the rules or to take a short cut.

But, what if you are the victim of such action, an innocent passer-by, in the wrong place at the wrong time? Here is a story of a young couple on holiday in the USA:

“Tonight we had a really, really close shave. I was driving and we’d just pulled up to a petrol station, when, I kid you not, literally a few seconds later, an out of control car came hurtling out of nowhere from the intersection, smashing us into the petrol station pump. The driver, it later turns out, was very high, drunk and out of his mind. Some very nice gentlemen from the Louisiana State Troopers got hold of and arrested him a bit later.

We got out of the car ok. Jess, being on the passenger side, is a lot more bruised than I am, but luckily no battery sparks or the like and luckily the pump’s fail-safe kicked in and the flow of petrol, except that from our car’s tank, was automatically cut off immediately.

It was very close though … the terror of having yourself and your wife slammed into a petrol pump by an oncoming car. Also, I can now fairly confidently say, never rent the cheapest cars that are short a safety feature, airbag or reinforced side door here or there; and please award a Nobel Prize for the person who invented side airbags.”

Photo showing the vehicle smashed into the fuel pump at the gas station

Accidents happen every day. The reason this particular accident touched me deeply is because the young people involved are my son and his wife.

As with so many road accidents, natural disasters / events or crime incidents, they can (and do) happen anytime, anywhere, to anyone, for no reason at all. There is little that the ‘victim’ can do about it. Well, let me rephrase that: there is little the ‘victim’ can do about preventing the random event.

You can, however, take pro-active measures to minimise the impact of an incident and the ‘luck factor’ [1]. Unfortunately, unless you’re with the Navy Seals or have access to sophisticated behaviour modification training, there is little effective training to deal with being a victim of such an event. Thinking and being aware are your best defences. Of course, there is no fail proof solution, but here are a few things we all, as individuals, can do:

ACTION

  • Think about ‘What If’ scenarios, the consequences and what you can do to minimise the risk should any of those scenarios materialise.
  • Look at your ‘Near Hits’. Ask what happened, why it happened (dig down by repeating this question a number of times) and, most importantly, what you can do to prevent it from happening again – or at least to reduce the damage or injuries.
  • Be alert to your surroundings and actions. Use the traffic light rules:
    • Be aware of your green = safe situations, like being at home and relaxing in a safe environment.
    • When leaving home and getting onto the roads your awareness level should change to amber = pay attention, slow down and look for possible danger.
    • When drawing money at an ATM or approaching a hijacking hot-spot or in a crowded area, you should be at a red level of awareness = eyes in the back of your head.
  • Don’t be merely a ‘passenger’ – speak up when you see someone taking a chance or breaking the rules, like going down the killer road of F-S-D = FATIGUE-SPEED-DEVIATION (including drink / drugs).  
    “The mirror we hold up to the person next to us is one of the most important pictures he / she will ever see.”
    — Seth Godin
  • When buying or renting or merely borrowing someone else’s stuff, consider the safety features of that piece of equipment – guarding, trips and fuses, alarms, isolation features, air bags, etc.

In a future safety tip, I will deal with due diligence, HIRA and the topic of building safety into the design of plant and equipment.

 

[1]  Luck and safety don’t belong in the same equation. You cannot drive your safety efforts by relying on luck.

RELATED MATERIAL

Taking your eye off the ball / road / task

It’s My Mistake

Road Safety – Take Safety Home

Walking the Circle of Safety

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GM – Road Safety – A Year-End “Take Safety Home” Message 2 – Let’s Save Lives

♦♦♦    Road Safety    ♦♦♦

Year-End Take Safety Home Message #2

The problem of texting whilst driving is of such concern to me that I simply must send a plea for driver mindfulness, not only for year-end, but for every day!

Let’s Save Lives

It’s a toss-up, nowadays, as to which is the more important message: “Don’t Drink & Drive” or “Don’t Text & Drive” or should we now say “Don’t Drink & Text & Drive” ?

But, since the former is virtually a cliché these days, my plea revolves around cell phone usage whilst driving (which even sober drivers are inclined to do).

graphic of vidclip snapshot with link to vidclip You may have already heard of or watched this documentary, “From One Second To The Next” by Werner Herzog. It’s about texting and driving. But if you haven’t seen it, it’s worth checking out. The documentary is well done and drives home in a personal way the pain and anguish texting and driving can cause.
graphic of vidclip snapshot with link to vidclip Mobile (cell phone) use is now the leading cause of death behind the wheel.

ACTION

Organise safety sessions to be held just before the majority of personnel take to the roads for their year-end break. Show them the video clips and hand out Road Safety Cookies to bring the message home.

RELATED MATERIAL

Road Safety – Year-End “Take Safety Home” Message
Manslaughter or murder?

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Road Safety Cookies

graphic of Road Safety Cookie with stop road sign

Unusual (and tasty) handouts to bring the Road Safety message home to your personnel and their families. They are branded with road safety signs and the cookie inserts contain road safety messages. They can be customised to suit your needs. One idea is to make up a small parcel of Road Safety cookies for each employee to “Take Safety Home” for the holidays.Road Safety Cookies™ have been specifically branded with road safety signs and the cookie inserts are road safety messages.
There are many ways to use this COOL TOOL™.

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GM – Road Safety – Year-End “Take Safety Home” Message

♦♦♦    Road Safety    ♦♦♦

Year-End Take Safety Home Message

Those of you who have been following me for some time know how passionate I am about this topic. We kill nearly ten times more people on our roads each year than ALL industrial fatalities combined in all workplaces. Chances are that if you are going to lose someone over the holiday season, it will be on the roads. This is not only via vehicle accidents – pedestrian fatalities account for approximately 40% of road-related deaths.

graphic of ambulance with money

We are able to release last year’s crime statistics in the greatest of detail so the SAPS can plan and focus on the right hot spots. But, in spite of substantial funding, the Department of Transports Road Traffic Management Corporation is unable to provide road accident statistics, because they are “reengineering the Road Traffic information collection process”. In terms of road safety, we are effectively flying blind. I cannot give you the exact figure, but I can tell you that the cost of road accidents runs into billions – we could easily build and maintain our road infrastructure if we could halve our accidents.

We all know that we cannot improve something which we are not measuring and the latest road traffic data is from 2011! We can be as concerned as we like about the current situation, but we can only influence what is within our control. Therefore, let us influence our employees to become ACTIVE SAFE road users.

There are three things which kill people on the roads ( F S D )

The first is FATIGUE. If people are tired and take their eyes off the road, the likelihood of accidents shoots up dramatically. Thus encourage the habit of taking a break and getting enough sleep before a road trip.

SPEED is the second killer. Speed reduces the opportunity to react to any unforeseen event and stay in control!

DRINKING (Drugs) is the third killer. Alcohol has a disastrous effect on your reaction time as well as staying awake and alert.

ACTION

1. Draw up your plan for the year-end now! Involve your SHE Reps in that planning – empower them to play an ACTIVE role in implementing some of the ideas below, as well as coming up with their own suggestions.
2. Road Safety Cookie
  graphic of ambulance with money This is a small hand-out to engage ALL your employees in road safety and to remind them to take a safety attitude with them when going home for the holidays.
These Road Safety Cookies™ have been specifically branded with road safety signs and the cookie inserts are road safety messages.
There are many ways to use this COOL TOOL™.
  One idea is to put the name(s) of employees killed during the year in road accidents on the back of the cookie inserts eg. + IN MEMORY OF +
I will assist you with customisation to meet your specific needs.
More ideas
on how to use the Safety Cookies here.
3. Road Safety Toolbox Talks. I am offering this series of 6 CD’s at a special discount of R2,750. These CD’s are part of my COOL TOOL™ Toolbox Talks and cover the Road Safety Topics of Seat Belts, Attitude, Road Signs, Pedestrians and vehicles – download the overview.
3. Advanced Driving Safety Rules. Get your SHE Reps to hand out a leaflet, with advanced driving tips, to everyone leaving your premises when taking their year-end break.
If you need ideas for this, send me an email.
4. Look at activities you can sponsor at schools in your neighbourhood, for example driving lessons or driving simulators for schools.

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A Hong Kong movie theatre asks its patrons to leave their cell phones ON when they enter the movie house. Using that, Volkswagen made an eye opening advertisement.

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Caught at a road block
Taking your eye off the ball / road / task
Walking the circle of safety
Safety misconceptions – what we can learn from them
Manslaughter or murder?

REFERENCE MATERIAL

  • RTMC latest annual report is 2012- 2013. (If you look at Section 8, in particular the part which reviews the achievement of their strategic objective “improve collection of data” on page 56, you will find that they did not achieve KPI 32 = State of Road Safety Report. The financials are in Section 9 on page 71.)
  • Arrive Alive has no up to date info either – last report is 2011.

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D1STEM – Pitching a Safety Tent

♦ SERIES ♦    DO ONE SAFETY THING EACH MONTH    ♦ SERIES ♦

If you do just one thing a month to change the safety mind-set, in one year you will have done 12 things to raise safety awareness. Every month you will receive one such SAFETY TIP.

THIS MONTH:    PITCHING A SAFETY TENT

With all the electronic devices available and so many makes to choose from, coupled with a multitude of apps and software handling calendars and planners, the “old faithful” paper wall or desk calendar has been relegated to the museum – and not only by the younger generation.

However, the principle of prioritising the limited resource of TIME, looking at the future and PLANNING YOUR FOCUS remains as valid as ever.

So, this month, pitch your SAFETY TENT calendar!

A4 Tent Desk Calendar from Jurgen Tietz of eKhuluma

Download my tent calendar (similar to that in the photo) and print on an A4 sheet of paper or cardboard.

Why not use my tent calendar to create your own SAFETY TENT Calendar, with your SAFETY SLOGAN and IMAGES for this year, to distribute to your leaders and SHE Reps.

If you’ve been pro-active and have an approved Safety Plan for the year, why not include your SAFETY MILESTONES, replacing the school term and/or public holiday sections of the calendar with your dates for work stoppages, awareness sessions, major audits, shutdowns, etc.

Be sure to review the material in the “Related Reading” and take me up on my offers, below, too.

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Safety Vision and Strategy

Safety Planning”    ps. Get my “Safety Plan” wall calendar while you’re there!

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If you do not have a DTP resource who can help you with editing and publishing your own Safety Tent Calendar for the year, I can recommend Ally Moir of Creative Cats Graphic & Print Bureau. You can contact her at the e-mail address provided on the calendar.

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GM – It’s the final countdown!

♦♦♦    SPECIAL EDITION    ♦♦♦

It’s official. The Silly Season is on our doorstep and wherever you look there are tips for surviving it – how to survive office parties, recover from hangovers, stay slim … and now, from me, how to keep the safety spirit alive and, literally, survive at work, at home, at play and on the road.

 

It’s the Final Countdown!

It is the same, tiresome “old song”, a hardy perennial – complaining about the so-called “Silly Season”, but yet, so often, doing nothing about it because we feel so helpless.

Every year, at around this time, I get asked for a quick-fix solution to combat the effects of people letting down their guard – before, during and after the holidays.

The answer lies in understanding what is different about the “Silly Season” to any other time of the year:

  • We have our minds set on taking time out and getting a break. We are preoccupied with planning a vacation, taking a trip, spending time with our families and in general doing something different from the everyday slog of working.
  • We are being bombarded with advertising and Christmas lights and Christmas music on the radio and TV as early as October.
  • ” ‘Tis the season to be jolly” i.e. celebrating with “wine, women and song” and afterwards hitting the road, either driving or on foot. Nearly half of the road deaths are pedestrians.
  • We are down-shifting gears, losing FOCUS on safety and much more inclined to “tata ma chance”, and, for those people who have to work while everyone else is on holiday, it is especially tough to stay focused.
  • We work with less staff on shift and it’s mostly the junior, less experienced people who stay behind. The old hands pull rank and go on leave, placing steering of the ship through the troubled Christmas break in the hands of the second team.
Knock! Knock! Who's there? Itsilly. Itsilly who? It's SILLY SEASON time!

The critical question is: Are you SERIOUS about taking ACTION to deal with this safety issue and are you willing to invest TIME & MONEY to show your employees that you are indeed serious?

ACTION

  1. Get the senior managers (EXCO level and those reporting to the EXCO) to “Walk the Talk” on the site. The key here is constant visibility!
  2. Issue “Silly Season Safety Official” vests to the senior managers and SHE Reps and make them hand out safety reminders at the office / factory / mine gate!

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D1STEM Safety Calendar

♦ SERIES ♦ DO ONE SAFETY THING EACH MONTH ♦ SERIES ♦
If you do just one thing a month to change the safety mind-set, in one year you will have done 12 things to raise safety awareness.

THIS MONTH: SAFETY CALENDAR

Most calendars list holidays, special events or commemoration days.

Create your own safety calendar with special days and weeks, like Seat Belt week, Tripping Hazard day, Safety Glasses day, Hand Gloves week, Hygiene week, Home Safety week, Safety Sign day, Hand Tools day, PPE day, etc.

Obviously, this needs to be advertised well, with suitable briefing, instructions and some supporting events to ‘commemorate’ the special day!

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Click here for my (free) version of a safety calendar in pdf format.

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Safety Clock

The SAFETY CLOCK

Safety never stops. Safety does not take a break / holiday. Safety continues around the clock.

The hand-out which accompanies this segment depicts 12 safety icons instead of the numbers on the face of the clock.

The icons and segment are based on the life saving / cardinal rules of the respective client.

 

 

SIMPLY SMART SAFETY Magazine

This personalised and custom-branded magazine contains a number of toolbox talks and other safety articles.

The front cover features the photo of an individual whom you want to recognise.

The editorial on the inside is a feature about the person – his/her achievement(s) and the reason(s) for the reward.

This novel and unique magazine is a most powerful tool for recognising achievement and motivating people.
It is a meaningful and educational gift that others will want the next time.

 

 

Vusi and Fred share lessons learnt

TALKING TO THE DEAD

This video is based on the fact that we often have to make assumptions about what really happened when an incident leads to a fatality!

This is an interactive video, with the presenter establishing a link to Fred and Vusi and speaking with them to find out the root cause which lead to their deaths. When Vusi and Fred share lessons learnt with us and what they would do differently if they had their life over again, the message is clear and unforgettable.

Check out the feedback on this powerful segment.

 

 

The SAFETY SONG

At most events we need to drum up energy and enthusiasm.

Music is an ideal tool, which fits in with our African culture of song and dance.

Originally composed by Alain d Woolf, the Safety Song is a customised, easy-to-sing-along song which can effectively be used to build up team spirit and a “brother’s/sister’s keeper” safety culture.


listen to snippets of the song
or
watch a live performance

 

 

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The SAFETY MAN

This technique effectively demonstrates the many roles and responsibilities of the SHE Rep.

A number of props are ‘loaded on the shoulders’ of the SHE Rep to illustrate the workload, such as upholding standards, adhering to legislation, fixing and improving things, reporting incidents – near HITS, hazard identification and risk assessment, protecting the environment, fire prevention and first aid, motivating and encouraging … the list goes on and on.

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