♦ SERIES ♦♦   SAFETY ON A SHOESTRING BUDGET   ♦♦ SERIES ♦

PRO-ACTIVE  ACTION

Safety Tip #10 in the series

  ◊  PREVENTION   ◊  PURPOSE
  ◊  PREPARATION   ◊  PEOPLE
  ◊  PROBLEMS   ◊  PAT-ON-BACK
  ◊  PLAN  ◊  PROGRESS
 ◊  PEN-TO-PAPER  ♦  PRO-ACTIVE

The purpose of this series is to give struggling-but-eager SHE professionals and practitioners, who are working for financially-constrained companies, pointers on how to get the safety awareness message across to both management and workers, on a shoestring budget.

“There is nothing which moves people more than ACTION,
and nothing which is more powerful than prompt, PRO-ACTIVE ACTION.”
Jurgen Tietz
Bias towards ACTION is what counts …
Bias for Action by Jurgen Tietz Safety Speaker
RE-ACTIVE vs PRO-ACTIVE

PRO-ACTIVE:
  “Acting in anticipation of future problems, needs, or changes.”
   Synonyms: farseeing, forward-looking
   Antonyms: half-baked, shortsighted
   (Merriam-Webster Student Dictionary)

RE-ACTIVE:
  Corrective action is taken following incidents and investigations.
  Often  wait-&-see-&-hope-for-the-best  instead of  take-charge-&-own-SAFETY.

One of the problems is that safety professionals are swamped with admin and paper work. Reports, statistics, emails and then, of course, one of the number one time wasters: meetings.

ACTION:

Analyse your activities.
  How many fall into the re-active category?
  Most people do 95% plus in response to things, audit findings, requests, etc.

Analyse the decisions taken in your safety meetings.
  Which are re-active vs. pro-active?
  How many of those are actually closed out and completed?

Remember:
  Near Miss = Near Hit

“Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”
Will Rogers
This wiki has more on the basics of “Being Pro-Active”: http://www.wikihow.com/Be-Proactive.
If you would like more detail on “Using Leading Performance Indicators”,
or would like a copy of my story on Being A Mainstay, request it here.
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