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SCnSP – 10 Myths About Safety

♦♦  CULTURE   &   SAFETY PERFORMANCE  ♦♦
Jul 2012

In this series, I share with you my thoughts on Why Safety Is An Issue For Most Companies, or, putting it differently, Things We Must Address If We Want To Improve Our Safety Performance. This month we tackle some safety myths.

     

10 Myths About Safety

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There are many misconceptions and myths about safety. Often these are deeply held beliefs which lead to safety being an issue.

I still maintain that the secret to safety hinges on balancing these 3 pillars: Systems, Equipment and People with the most important pillar being People, because it is people who, with the right attitude, make safety work. It is people, right from design, through training, operations, maintenance, logistics, … , the whole life cycle, including leadership. This is where the complexity lies.

The Myths

  1. Safety is something we have to teach people.
  2. Everyone is concerned about their own safety – it’s not rocket science.
  3. People only take chances if they have to.
  4. Safety is a work related issue.
  5. Safety is part of our company’s core values.
  6. Safety is not an issue for people working in an office.
  7. Systems can fix safety problems.
  8. Safety can be managed in meetings.
  9. Safety must be managed – systemize it, police / policy it, standardize it, computerize it, hoax and coax it.
  10. We need to hold our peoples’ hands.

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SCnSP Safety As A Value – Leaders’ Roles and Responsibilities

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May 2012

In this series, I share with you my thoughts on Why Safety is an Issue for Most Companies, or, putting it differently, Things we Must Address if we Want to Improve our Safety Performance. This month we look at the role of the leader vs that of the individual, with a focus on the leader’s responsibilities.

     

Safety As A Value:

Leaders’ Roles and Responsibilities

     

It is a myth that leaders have to motivate their employees to work safely. No one can motivate someone else, because motivation is an inside job. At best leaders can inspire their followers to take safety seriously, not only at work or at home, but all the time and everywhere.

So how does a leader inspire?

By creating an environment which enables and empowers people to work safely. By providing the resources for safety – things like making time for and spending money on safety, as well as suitable safety systems and equipment.

The leaders have to become VIP’sVisible Involved Pro-active. They have to look to see, both the dangers and the opportunities. They have to listen to hear what those people ‘who push the buttons and use the tools’ are trying to tell them. The leader has to be a safety role model. People have to see that the leader takes safety seriously. The leadership behaviour in terms of safety sets the tone for the safety culture in an organization.

I have coined a new word, Peopology, to describe the art and science of moving PEOPLE into taking ACTION. Peopology is an art because it deals with the human side of life skills, often involving the so-called soft skills and emotional aspects of moving people into taking ACTION. Peopology is also a science because it is about the tools and techniques, systems and procedures, etc. which help move people into doing things – into taking ACTION

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Taking ACTION, in the peopology sense, does not mean an endless round of activities (meetings and so many other often fruitless corporate activities) that don’t produce results. PEOPOLOGY is about ACTION that gets RESULTS. Period!
(More detailed information about the model is available in my full article on Safety Culture.)

The leader has to influence his or her followers to become active (safety) employees, because safety is not only a work issue. In fact, many more people are killed outside the workplace, especially on the roads. All have to become involved in safety and take an active part in making safety happen, rather than sitting on the side-lines and letting safety ‘happen to us’. Leaders have to convince their followers that they should not assume or expect that the company, government or someone else will do something to ensure their safety.

Therefore, although leaders have a key role to play, it is up to each individual to become an ACTIVE SAFETY EMPLOYEE.

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SCnSP So Many Meetings, So Little Time

♦♦  CULTURE   &   SAFETY PERFORMANCE  ♦♦
Aug 2012

In this series, I share with you my thoughts on Why Safety is an Issue for Most Companies, or, putting it differently, Things we Must Address if we Want to Improve our Safety Performance. Under the microscope today is our effective (or not!) use of time, in particular when it comes to meetings.

     

So Many Meetings, So Little Time

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All of us have to deal with meetings in one form or another and, to a larger or lesser extent, for all of our lives. Especially in safety, meetings seem to be a primary mode of operation for many companies. If they have a safety issue / problem / incident, they organise a meeting.

Meetings can be a blessing or a curse. A blessing, if they are well run, productive and achieve the results we are looking for and cannot otherwise achieve. A curse if they are not necessary, turn out to be a waste of time, involve mostly hot air (talking), create confusion and do not lead to people taking responsibility, especially for ACTION.

Most people suffer from the meeting paradox: “We don’t have time to prepare for effective meetings, because we spend too much time in ineffective meetings.”

Time is the most precious resource we have and, the more senior your position, the more precious it becomes. We all have this finite resource of 24 hours, relentlessly ticking by. That is why it is such a tragedy that people waste it in unproductive meetings. If you do not believe me, have a look at this short video for some horrifying facts and figures around meetings.

I believe that every company would greatly benefit from employing a

meeting “PIMP” = “Performance Improvement and Measuring Professional”.

In terms of the law (OHAS ACT 85 OF 1993 S17 – S19 and MHAS ACT 29 OF 1996 S25 and S35) we have no option. We MUST have safety committees and therefore meet. However, how we do this and how well we use this time is up to us.

The biggest problem is that we do not prepare for these meetings and that the members of the safety committees (this applies equally well to other committees and meetings) do not play their proper role in these meetings.
As a general rule, 50% of the time should be spent preparing for the meeting (including thinking time), 20% attending and partaking in the meeting and the remaining 30% to take action and follow up on and close out agreed actions.
Furthermore, we do not make it crystal clear who owns the action, what the result should look like and by when the action should be completed. Often, it is not even clear who owns each item on the agenda.

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Resolve TODAY to take the necessary action to transform your meetings from a curse to a blessing.

My guidelines for effective meetings will assist you with this.

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Acknowledgements: Thanks to Graham Edwards for planting the seed and so inspiring me to write about time vs meetings in relation to safety.

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Disruptive Safety™… from The Safety Rep’s Survival Guide

10 Tips to Kill the Silly Season

Auditing vs Policing (aka “The Best Audits”) … from the Culture & Safety Performance series

Peopology: The Key to Sustainable Safety Transformation … incorporating “I Have a Dream”   and the whY Factor

The sequel to I HAVE A DREAM - 5 Simply Smart Ideas on how to implement YOUR SAFETY DREAM.Your Safety Dream … How to implement “I Have a Dream”

The Power of Discipline in Safety

10 Myths About Safety

Crocodile’s Tale

The Safety Calendar … from the Do One (Safety) Thing Each Month series

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Time Management … from the Culture & Safety Performance series

New Leadership Role Checklist (New Job Checklist)

“When not to have a meeting” Checklist

Tools & Techniques for Effective Meetings … from the Culture & Safety Performance series

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Re: Do Not Disturb the Crime (Accident) Scene

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Re: Going to Waste

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Re: Progress

Amen to this tip.

The story [Change Just in Time] is very good … Info is very relevant to what we are experiencing at the moment. Some of the suggestions you make I have introduced or reinstated again.

Dalene Smith, TSHE Manager

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Cecil Cordiglia, Safety Officer

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Re: Preparation

Thank you for the valuable tip.

Being proactive and implementing the tips you have provided, I have been able to conduct Health & Safety on the current site without as much as a first aid case being recorded.

The main principle I have adopted from one of your meetings was: Health & Safety must come from the heart to the head. This is the principle that can never fail.

Your information if applied, can prevent incidents as your topics place you one step ahead in the proactive approach being adopted.

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Frans Durand, Safety Manager

… very true message.

Pieter Ferreira, BU SHE Manager Operations

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Boyan Tomic, Divisional Manager

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Silondiwe Nene

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Alain d Woolf

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It is indeed hugely appreciated. It boggles my mind of how quick you managed to adapt the recent GUPTA roadshow to leadership? I am in no doubt (having attended your speeches in the past) that you are a genius when it comes to motivating people. Keep up the good work and keep them coming.

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Re: World Safety Day 2012 Reminder

I really find your safety tips very helpful in the working environment where we need to constantly focus on safety in the workplace.

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We all tend to look for someone to blame when things go wrong. This is human nature – it is in our genes. When Adam was confronted by God he blamed Eve and Eve blamed the snake – so blame fixing is as old as mankind. The hardest thing is to look at the three fingers pointing bank to you when you point one towards someone else.

Thanks once again for your very encouraging newsletters.

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Re: How To Eat An Elephant

I wish I had this approach when I started to implement systems (14001, 18001). Because of over optimistic deadlines and pressure from management, the short cuts taken to achieve the deadlines are still biting us!

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Re: What Is On Your Calendar?

I always link you to Safety.

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