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April 2021

By Josh Williams, Ph.D. Improving safety culture should be an ongoing quest. Leaders need to seek continuous safety improvement as an internal obligation. Previous blogs have addressed key components of safety culture to prevent SIFs. This blog will detail best practices from real-world examples that leaders may consider using in their own operations.   Employee Input with Rules Managers and supervisors at one Pennsylvania steel mill were concerned about compliance problems with lock-out/tag-out (LOTO) procedures. Rather than immediately threatening employees to comply, managers went around and spoke with hourly employees running the equipment. They found out the LOTO procedures were overly complicated and

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By Eduardo Lan None of us is born or even goes through our first job thinking safety is important. At first, safety is something that is either a non-issue or an imposition, and rarely anybody I know starts off with a clear why for safety that impacts both their words and actions. In fact, many workers we encounter as part of our work at Propulo Consulting believe that accidents are things that happen to other people. Many of us feel the same way! Somewhere along our professional or life journey, however, something happens for some of us that changes everything. This something can

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By Josh Williams, Ph.D. Safety leadership can be tricky. Smart leaders regularly review safety incidents as an opportunity to make process and system improvements for future prevention. Staying on top of incident trends is smart business. However, there seems to be a growing obsession with TRIR rates among North American organizations. Almost without fail, leaders will provide us detailed descriptions of monthly incident rate fluctuations. In fact, we are often contacted because of recent spikes in recordables. Here’s the problem. There is natural variation in incident occurrence. For instance, you may be managing safety poorly but still have reasonable outcome numbers for

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By Eduardo Lan Most of the executives and senior leaders we talk to understand the crucial role that foremen and supervisors play in determining the success of any business, operation or project in all aspects related to productivity, quality and safety. After all, it is they, foremen and supervisors, who set the day-to-day agenda, tone, priorities and overall direction for all workers and lead the organizational subculture that drives daily decisions and behaviours out on the frontlines, where it most counts. It is no wonder, then, that frontline leadership is often referred to as the point at which "the rubber meets

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By Josh Williams, Ph.D. There are many parallels between exceptional safety leadership and sports. It takes proper planning and execution to be a consistent winner. Doing things right on the front end influences the scoreboard on the back end…whether it’s Michigan vs. Ohio State or SIF rate reductions. Great leadership is great leadership, regardless of the context. Here are some lessons learned from the sports world to improve your own safety leadership. Recruit Better There’s an axiom in sports that “it’s as much about the Jimmys and Joes as it is the Xs and Os.” To be a winner, you’ve got to recruit

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