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Safety Culture

By Kelly Cave & Julia Borges Have you ever wondered why employees in some organizations are afraid to speak up and report safety incidents, even when those incidents could have led to serious injury or death? Many people assume this lack of reporting is due to employee disengagement or workers not understanding the importance of incident reporting. However, have you considered that perhaps employees are hesitant to report due to the way the organization’s incentive system is set up? Two Types of Incentive Programs A very common way for organizations to promote employee engagement in safety is by implementing safety incentive programs. These

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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

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By Brie DeLisi How many times have you seen a sign that says: “XX days since our last injury”? Or a pizza party, awards, or bonuses for no injuries? These celebrations are commonplace at businesses across the world. The original purpose of celebrating a lack of injuries is that it seemingly demonstrates that we kept our employees safe and to keep it up! It is an admirable and noteworthy accomplishment to keep employees safe for a whole year, or even years. However, there is an unintended consequence that has a tendency to rear its ugly head when this is our only

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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

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By Josh Williams, Ph.D How many times have you seen a sign that says: “XX days since our last injury”? Or a pizza party, awards, or bonuses for no injuries? These celebrations are commonplace at businesses across the world. The original purpose of celebrating a lack of injuries is that it seemingly demonstrates that we kept our employees safe and to keep it up! It is an admirable and noteworthy accomplishment to keep employees safe for a whole year, or even years. However, there is an unintended consequence that has a tendency to rear its ugly head when this is our

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