Four Types of Safety Professionals
You can meet many different types of people over the course of the career. The personality and experience that an individual brings to their job can affect how they do it. In some ways, you can look at where a person worked and the training they have received and know how they are going to do their job. After spending time speaking with different colleagues in safety, I can feel that I can put a label on which one of the four types of safety professionals they could be.
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Change Management in Safety
In many organizations, or even industries, there seems to be resistance to change of any kind. The feeling is that they have done things a certain way for years and it has always worked, so why ruin it? The problem with this attitude is that by not adapting a company can fall behind its competitors by not keeping up with changes in technology, market conditions, or even customer requirements. While there are many articles that talk about this in marketing and engineering, safety is often overlooked. Change management in safety issues should be a priority for companies and industries so that injury rates can be reduced.
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Getting Workers to Wear PPE
Why do some workers still resist sometimes when they are told they have to wear PPE? There have been studies to show that wearing personal protective equipment will keep them safe, and at the very least on most job sites, it is required. Yet every so often you meet a worker who does not wear PPE or does not wear it properly. This is both frustrating to supervisors and could be costly, both in terms of an accident and financially because of administrative penalties in Nova Scotia. Getting workers to wear PPE needs to be a priority of education and discipline for companies.
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Why Safety Professionals Shouldn’t Yell
I was asked recently why I didn’t yell at staff when I was on a construction site. While I do yell to be heard over the noise that exists on a site, I never yell or scream to get someone’s attention or to make them correct their actions. This may seem strange to some, since they may feel that the only way to get someone to do what they want is to yell at them. I have always felt that this can be counterproductive. There are other reasons why safety professionals shouldn’t yell, which I will touch on below.
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The question of whether safety rewards programs are ethical is rather tricky, depending on what way you choose to look at the issue. On the one hand, some workers may need to receive a reward or some other type of positive reinforcement in order to maintain the policy of the company on safety. Another side might say that you are rewarding the workers for not breaking the policies and regulations that govern their work. These two views need to be explored to determine what the way to determine the question is.
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CSA Standards and Training
This week, I want to talk about the connection between CSA Standards and training. At the last company that worked, I was always asked questions that related to the standards for equipment. The regulations always reference that a piece of equipment must meet a certain standard, and while manufacturers do provide some of the information, especially regarding fall protection equipment sizing, other items of information are not provided, such as how long is the fall protection harness good for. This article will show that training that specifically takes content from the CSA Standards referenced in the OHS regulations will be beneficial to workers.
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Safety is a Team Effort
An effective safety program is one that involves all levels of an organization to make it work. Management needs to be involved to set the direction and ensure compliance. Employees need to follow the policies and should be allowed to give their feedback on what is working, what needs to be fixed and what has to be replaced. It is my opinion that safety is a team effort.
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