Your safety culture reflects your organizations collective response to workplace safety and is evident in shared beliefs, behaviours and values your employees exhibit surrounding safety. A solid safety culture is a good indicator that your workplace injury prevention programs are hitting home with your employees, and while this at times can be difficult to measure, Mark Middlesworth, founder of Ergonomics Plus, provides a quick guide to help you gauge your own safety culture. Check out his slides below:
Know your Enemies - workplace hazards
What’s at StakeIf you and your buddies were facing a dangerous, deceptive enemy, you’d want to find out all you could about it and share any information you come up with. The fact is you do have such a treacherous enemy - the workplace hazard.What’s the DangerAn unnoticed hazard can take your life in an instant, or cause you a lifetime of suffering and disability.Example: Ben received a mild shock from an electrically powered tool. “Take a lot more than that to kill me,” he joked,...
Pedestrian safety in the workplace
What’s at Stake? We are constantly reminding our children about pedestrian safety. We tell them to cross only at designated crosswalks and to look both ways before crossing the street, but often timesto forget these safety basics in the workplace. Workplace traffic can be every bit as dangerous as that found on the city streets. In a collision between a 2000-pound industrial vehicle and a 200-pound person, the pedestrian is very likely to come out the loser. What’s the Danger? Poor visibility...
Anti-Bullying Week and the Workplace
‘Keep Calm’ but don’t just ‘Carry On’ As you may likely know – particularly if you follow Twitter hashtags – this week is England’s ‘Anti Bullying Week’ being promoted under the theme of ‘Power for Good’. Typical of such campaigns, the focus of the week is on tackling bullying among school children and young adults – and make no mistake this is an important goal – however, it strikes me that this is also a good opportunity to...
Workplace Safety Training – A Double-Edged Sword
Buildingworkplace safetyawareness on the job can be an application of two extreme views of managing people. The first would be analogous to the army first sergeant, who might tell his troops, “What I’m about to teach you will save your life, because if you don’t learn it I will kill you!” Or there’s the less threatening approach that employs posters with clever and pithy slogans like “Safety is no accident.” The realistic approach Then there’s the middle approach...
Paris Attacks: Is Your Workplace Prepared for an Act of Terrorism?
The risk of terrorist attacks is something thateveryemployer—at a minimum—should consider and, if necessary, prepare for in its emergency response planning. The recent attacks at the soccer stadium and concert hall in Paris, France, while shocking in their brutality, were not inconceivable, given that public venues where large groups gather are logical targets. But the attacks at the restaurants were especially frightening, which I suppose is the point. The underlying message: You’re not safe,...