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COOL TOOLDIY SAFETY Products

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COOL TOOL Events Products

They’re called that for a reason,
and their purpose is to promote interaction
and thereby sustain the safety message.

 

 

 

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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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DISRUPTIVE SAFETY™
THE SAFETY REP’S SURVIVAL GUIDE

The handbook that transforms passive H&S Reps
into passionate and active H&S Reps

by means of education and empowerment.

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NO CONDOM NO COOKIE™ GOODIE BOX

The kit that transforms attitudes & behaviours.
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DIY COOL TOOL™ TOOLBOX TALKS

Multi-media SAFETY AWARENESS talks
with Train-the-trainer module and 19 topics.

Note: Large downloads may take some time

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COOL TOOL™ KNOCK-OUT SAFETY TIPS

150 easy-to-use innovative
and often fun ideas of
what to do to get everyone to
FOCUS ON SAFETY.

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DIY VOTE FOR SAFETY™ PROCESS

 

A powerful way to GET COMMITMENT
to your company’s safety principles.

 

DIY COOL TOOL™ 10P AUDIT KIT

 

Details the 10 critical audit steps on a CD.
Packaged with 6 note books and pens.

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COOL TOOL™ Events Products

What are the COOL TOOL™ Events Safety Products?

 

These products are predominantly used as hand-outs for trainees / delegates to draw attention to and sustain the client’s safety message & key principles in a fun and interactive manner.
They are branded and tailored to each client’s requirements.

 

The following are examples of some of the products available.
(Hint: Position mouse over product photo for the product description.)

 

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SM – Can behaviour and habits be unlearned?

♦♦♦    SAFETY MATTERS    ♦♦♦
Aug 2018
     

Behaviour and Habits

you can teach an old dog new tricks

     

There is a misconception in “safety” circles that poor or unsafe behaviour or habits can be “unlearned”. Untrue. The sad reality is that, once your brain has made the links and formed the pattern, i.e. you have mastered the skill or developed the habit, it’s there to stay.

Trying to wipe out a behaviour or habit is like trying to “unlearn” a language, talking, or walking. You can’t. What you can do is to learn a new skill / behaviour / habit and work on the triggers which will make it dominant, so that your brain automatically chooses that new skill / behaviour / habit. For a while, this will entail a conscious effort to suppress the old one. If you “get on the OLD bike”, the old skill / behaviour / habit will come back to you.

The saying: “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks” is not true, but it is much harder to “overwrite the old tricks”.

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SCnSP – Rework Your Safety Approach

♦♦  CULTURE   &   SAFETY PERFORMANCE  ♦♦
Feb 2018
     

Re‘-Work Your Safety Approach

Including your H&S Rep Training

Empowered Safety Rep

     

Let’s re-examine the real reason why safety is important.

We want our employees to return home to reunite with their families, every day. We want our assets and plants to remain in a safe and productive state. We want to re-use our resources and be relentless in reducing waste and effluent. Our operations need to be refined to reach the goal of reliably producing environment-friendly products.

Often, one of the causes of problems with safety is that we repeat old mistakes, over and over and over again. We need to recollect and learn from the past. One of the ways to do this is by conducting managerial reviews as part of our management system and standards.

The ‘RE‘ words

These are really important for safety because they’re action words and safety is not a once-off exercise.

RETURN  to the basics of safety.
REDISCOVER  the power of people – driven by a safety vision.
REQUEST  involvement and participation by all in safety.
REVIEW  your safety approach – reactive or proactive?
RECONSIDER  your safety recipe – approach.
RENEW  your safety systems and approach.
REFRESH  your approach – no papers, posters and pamphlets.
REINVENT  how you engage your people in safety.
REFLECT  on your attitude towards safety.
RECOGNISE  safe  behaviour and results.
REINFORCE  safe behaviour.
REWARD  Disruptive Safety[1] – better, faster, cheaper, safer.
RECHARGE  your safety efforts – our safety batteries are limited.
RETHINK  the repercussions of taking chances.
RECALL  incidents and remind employees of the consequences.
REVISE and REWRITE  your procedures to include safety.
RE-EXAMINE  what is preventing safety success.
REMOVE  causes of / reasons for unsafe behaviour.
RECTIFY  unsafe conditions promptly.
REPAIR  broken or damaged equipment or assets.
RESTORE  safety equipment and devices.
REPRIMAND  reckless behaviour.

Note

The word REACT is not in the above list because that is the most important behaviour / action to avoid in safety. A reactive approach focuses on compliance and corrective action only, rather than on prevention and doing the right things.
Also note that the words REVIEW, RECONSIDER, RENEW and REFRESH are all key to Disruptive Safety™ and that is why we have created The Safety Rep’s Survival Guide and are running in-house workshops.

Picture: Disruptive safety call to action icon

Ask yourself and your team:

Are you giving your internal customers (company employees) what they need or ordered, or are you merely flogging them stuff you think they should have or do, i.e. things they didn’t ask for, don’t understand or accept, can’t use and don’t value?

Don’t brush this off. This is a critical question if you want to get buy-in from the people you serve. It’s easy to assume that co-workers / employees don’t know what’s required in order to keep them safe. How do you know what it is that they do or don’t know if you haven’t asked them?

Listen and respect the input from those who ‘push the buttons and use the tools’. Accept their recommendations and legalise their actions = make them safe. This is where your H&S Reps play a critical role, provided they have been properly educated and empowered.

[1]   Disruptive Safety™ promotes a futuristic approach to safety which shifts the safety paradigm from ‘Preventing wrong’ to ‘Ensuring right’. Read more

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Nigel Risner, my international professional speaking colleague, who granted me permission to adapt the ‘RE’ concept for purposes of this safety tip.
[www.nigelrisner.com]

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SM – Site Colonoscopy

♦♦♦    SAFETY MATTERS    ♦♦♦
     

Site Colonoscopy

When last did you conduct one?

     

Without exception, all companies have the capital E for environment in their SHE abbreviation for their safety efforts, but are they serious about the E? The E sounds good in the safety policy and looks smart on the wall, but when last did you conduct a plant colonoscopy? How frequently do you go to the backend of your process, there where the waste and effluent spew out? Normally only the janitors, cleaners and contract waste removal companies see that part of your operation. We are good at shifting the burden of looking after the environment onto someone else – let them deal with our ‘nasties’ and we merely pay the price.

Conducting a plant colonoscopy means starting at the back and looking at what and how much waste and effluent, including gaseous effluent, we generate and, particularly, at how safe and clean these handling facilities are. Often they are a real mess, because these facilities are seen as a necessary evil that we do not want to waste our money on. A colonoscopy also means flushing out the whole system by taking a good look at drains, bunds, drip trays, drain valves and pumps, filters, bins and silos. Are these fit for purpose in effectively catching or separating the waste and effluent? Look for spillages and leakages and track where these are routed to.

Do you accept waste and effluent as part of the process? How much effort is put into reducing off-cuts, run-offs and spillages, or at least collecting and reusing them in the process? We allow people to use the hose pipe to wash stuff down the drains. Do you recycle materials outside your own process? Collecting and recycling paper, plastics, glass, metal and oil is a simple matter of attitude and some bins and containers, often provided by the recycling companies.

We are all responsible for protecting the environment, not only at work, but at home as well. If you mess, you clean up. We should all re-duce, re-use, re-cycle and prevent waste and effluent in the first place.

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SCnSP – The Weak Signal

♦♦  CULTURE   &   SAFETY PERFORMANCE  ♦♦
Nov 2017
     

The Weak Signal

signals

     

We’re surrounded by signals all the time, from radio, TV, mobiles and, nowadays, wi-fi. It’s getting to the point where there’s so much noise that we only hear the louder, specifically-targeted messages. The weaker signals just get lost, unless we move to a better spot so as to hear more clearly.

This analogy applies to many relationships, whether it is in the family through parenting, or in organisations through leadership, or in politics (Gupta). When there is power, or a hierarchy, at play, the situation often becomes one-sided. The one who is in power talks and expects the others to listen – a case of “Do as I tell you.”

In an organisation, the leadership has the strongest signal. They have direct access to wi-fi and call centres, while the people who ‘push the buttons and use the tools’ can only use the much weaker signals. The wi-fi is made up of policies, procedures, papers and all sorts of instructions. It’s all top down, one-way communication and often complicated by conflicting and inconsistent signals such as “Safety First and Zero Harm, but meet the Production, Costs, Quality and other Targets first”.

The Suggestion box, BBS observations, H&S Rep reports and other tools and techniques used to connect with the people who ‘push the buttons and use the tools’, are the equivalent of the call centre. You hear clearly: “Your call is important to us, and will be attended to shortly … For quality purposes the call will be recorded … We are currently experiencing high call volumes … Please hold … ”. In the end, the call is logged but seldom leads to ACTION.

The weak signals are always there, if we care to listen carefully. Everytime there’s an enquiry or investigation into a serious incident or injury, we hear these weak signals clearly. They often start with “We” followed by “told; observed; reported; requested; asked; complained; warned you” and similar action words. Often the organisation’s culture weakens the signals further by virtue of the fear of speaking up or taking a stand, all kinds of threats, blaming and shaming, a lack of action and priority or being taken seriously.
These weak signals require little effort to pick up on at the time but, if lost in the noise, can lead to serious consequences.

Picture: Disruptive safety call to action icon

Take a careful look at the different signals inside the organisation. The Critical Success Factors for a better reception are:

  • Create a climate which rewards weak signals, even if they turn out to be false signals.
  • Make it personal with a name / photo.
  • Provide prompt, direct feedback.
  • Show that the weak signals are being taken seriously and are making a difference.
  • Give the people who ‘push the buttons and use the tools’ a REAL VOICE – a voice which will be heard and taken seriously – a direct line to the CEO’s or MD’s. The climate will change dramatically. All employees, without exception, own a mobile device, often even a smart phone and are using free apps like WhatsApp. So what’s stopping YOU?

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D1STEM – Safety Chakalaka for Winter Blues

♦ SERIES ♦    DO ONE SAFETY THING EACH MONTH    ♦ SERIES ♦
Jul 2017

A SAFETY CHAKALAKA

To chase away the winter blues

Picture: Chakalaka

Need to revive safety thinking, whilst chasing away the winter blues?
Try this [1].

How the Safety Chakalaka idea works

Ideally, “earning” the ingredients for your chakalaka shouldn’t take longer than one month, so pick a simple recipe that ties in with your site / theme.

The week before you “launch” your safety Chakalaka, share the list of ingredients with everyone so they can start thinking about this.

Then, every Tuesday and Thursday (or any other days that work for you), pick one ingredient at random.

For example, if you pick carrots on Tuesday, then participants have until Thursday to come up with 20 safety tips relating to that ingredient. Once you have 20 tips, carrots have been “earned” and you can add them to your stew. On Thursday, you pick another ingredient to be earned by the next Tuesday, and so on.

When you have all the ingredients, cook up a delicious chakalaka to accompany your pap and meat so that everyone is able to enjoy a nice hot bowl of safety chakalaka stew!

Example of chakalaka ingredients for a construction site:

Cabbage : lifting techniques
Onions : slips, trips, falls
Carrots : scaffolding
Red/green peppers : ladders
Baked beans : permit to work
Tomato purée : lock out & isolation
Garlic : PPE (personal protective equipment)
Chillies : working at heights

These can be adapted to your site or a theme of your choice, such as Road Safety, Office Safety, Working in Enclosed Spaces, Excavations.

The possible variations on the Safety Chakalaka are limited only by your imagination!
So … get stewing and feel free to share with me the pics / write-ups of how you implemented the Safety Chakalaka idea at your operation.

[1]  Concept used by permission: Hawk, Richard. Make Safety Fun. www.makesafetyfun.com (Adapted from “Safety Stew” winning idea by Ann Knapp, March 2015.)

Picture source:  commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Chakalaka.jpg

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SM – Mother’s Rules

♦♦♦    SAFETY MATTERS    ♦♦♦
Aug 2009
     

Mother’s Rules

     

The term health, safety and environment (HS&E) is used widely. We appoint HS&E, SHE, or H&S Representatives, but the quality of the ‘H’ component of our management systems is often very low.

At some of the companies that I have visited, heath and hygiene does not really feature in the agenda or the actions of management, representatives or workers, except in the HS&E policy pasted on the walls.

Would you like to be operated on in a hospital where the ‘H’ does not feature? I often see personal protective equipment (PPE) that could not protect the wearer and has even become a health risk in itself!

This self-imposed risk is especially true for the way that some workers treat their disposable PPE, like disposable ear plugs, disposable dust masks and gloves. Imagine your surgeon using soiled rubber gloves and contaminated face masks. Or imagine re-using condoms. No surgeon and no informed worker would do such things, yet some workers used soiled respirators and breathe contaminated air into their lungs!

disposable dust mask being reused

Workers should take good care of all their PPE. Disposable PPE should not be stored once it becomes dirty. Workers, supervisors, managers and HS&E specialists should discuss the long-term health risks of exposure to hazards like dust, bright light, low light, noise and hazardous chemicals. Where they do not have enough reliable information, they should call on specialists to provide information. Suppliers, hygienists and occupational health staff would be glad to assist.

Where workers, supervisors, managers and specialists find that they do not all agree on the nature or level of the risk, or on the best course for preventing loss, they should likewise call on specialists and investigate the occupational health issues until they reach agreement at all levels of the organisation.

Ten House Rules

To help raise awareness about health and hygiene, ‘H’, I use a cake of soap with Mother’s Rules printed on the wrapping:

Mother's Rules

These are basic ‘house rules’ about health that everyone should have learnt at home. Everyone, except mothers, tends to forget the rules from time to time. Perhaps mothers like repeating these rules because only fools would argue with them! Workers are legally obliged to follow health and hygiene rules.

Employers, like mothers, have many obligations too. Employers have to assess health risks and supply the soap and other appropriate cleaning material. They have to ensure a work environment free from health risks.

Health and hygiene management may be a matter of minor or mildly serious infections at home, but at work it could be a matter of serious infection, fatal exposure, or long-term exposure resulting in chronic disease.

Mothers use common sense to train young people how to avoid hazards at home. At work, the hazards are larger, more complex and there are more of them. Workers should not make the mistake of believing that common sense alone will save them from harm.

Employers have to make a special and continuous effort to find hazards, assess the risk to workers and visitors, make workers aware of the pathways of exposure, teach them how to avoid harm and provide the right PPE at the places and times where some exposure cannot be avoided.

Workers have the legal obligation to learn and follow these occupational health procedures. Where workers ‘forget’ or ignore the ‘house rules’, employers are dutybound to use discipline – in the spirit of love – just like mothers do!

Full PPE (1)Full PPE (2)

Operators wearing full PPE

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