Conall

Safety Communication

By Josh Williams, Ph.D. For years, organizational leaders have used incentives to try and motivate safety. The rationale is that providing financial rewards for not getting hurt will get employees to “try harder” to stay safe. In reality, it simply encourages non-reporting which is why OSHA now frowns upon outcome-based incentives. It can also create other problems. As an example, we worked with a Canadian company where a woman slipped on the ice outside of her building in front of a group of coworkers. The person in charge of clearing the ice hadn’t done it. In addition to her embarrassment, the woman

READ MORE

By Josh Williams, Ph.D. We’re all accustomed to annual days meant to celebrate important people in our lives. We have Valentine’s Day tomorrow which will soon be followed by Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and (don’t forget) Secretary’s Day. Another important day to celebrate is the “Safety Break for Oregon” day on May 8. This is an annual safety day established sixteen years ago by OSHA Oregon. Basically, it’s a safety stand-down for the entire state! This event encourages: Celebrations of employees’ work in creating safe and healthy workplaces.Refresher safety training on key topics.Strategic planning to eliminate workplace hazards.Safety award recognition events. As Oregon OSHA

READ MORE

By Brie DeLisi As an organizational leader, you might be interested in understanding the current state of the safety program for any number of reasons, whether it be to address incidents or injury rates, comply with regulations or company requirements, or because you’ve determined that a strong safety program is necessary. How does your organization assess safety? Most companies conduct first, second and third-party inspections and regular audits, as required by federal and state regulations. These inspections and audits generally involve validating compliance with written programs and regulations: confirming all chemical containers are labeled within hazard communication requirements; forklifts and other PIVs are

READ MORE

By Julia Borges, Maggie Carey, and Madison Hanscom ‘Tis the season to stay engaged and safe in the workplace. In the midst of the bustle of the holidays, it’s easy for employees to get distracted, which can lead to unwanted incidents or fatalities during such a jubilant time of the year. Even though it might not happen to everyone, it is possible that some employees feel a sense of burnout or distraction around the end of the year. Heightened emotions and the overall chaotic environment of the holiday season also have the ability to exhaust employees both physically and mentally. When

READ MORE