Safety Basics for the Non-Safety Professional

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Published on March 14, 2014

Author: HNIRiskServices



Safety is essential to the long-term profitability and well-being of any organization, but many companies don't have the staff or funds to dedicate a full-time resource to it. Safety training and compliance often falls on the shoulders of HR managers or support staff who wear many other hats in their companies already.

If “safety professional” is not your primary role and you're involved with planning or communicating safety messages, this course was for you. If safety IS your primary role, this would have been a good refresher course or a good resource to share with your front-line managers involved in safety efforts!

At this webinar, we went through the ways you can work to improve safety and compliance at your organization. We discussed key elements of every safety program and how they can be implemented in your workplace. We also went over tips for changing unsafe employee behaviors and supplied attendees with resources to keep their companies up-to-date and compliant.


HOUSEKEEPING • Slide deck will be posted on • Q&A at the end, but feel free to ask questions throughout • Tweet @HNIRisk or using the hashtag #hniu to win some HNI swag! 2



This presentation is designed to: • Take off the safety “training wheels” • Understand “risk” and its role in profit/ROI • Help you gauge where the corporation stands now • Develop a renewed awareness or awakening • Make you think about how you lead now • Assess where you are at and then come up with a personal game plan GOALS

One large incident at your site can wipe out a years worth of profit…raise the bar now!

WHAT’S AN ACCEPTABLE LEVEL OF RISK? what is prepared to be lost possible gains

WHAT’S AN ACCEPTABLE LEVEL OF RISK? Each of us has a different perspective on this… My Grandma: “a penny saved is a penny earned” Bernie Madoff: “I will guarantee a 15% return on investment”. Evel Knievel: “You come to a point in your life when you really don't care what people think about you, you just care what you think about yourself.”

HOW DO PEOPLE ACHIEVE GREATNESS IN THE NEW FRONTIER OF SAFETY? • They are different! (weird) • They have a huge sense of “WANT”! • They capitalize on opportunity. • They invest in themselves and others. • They are compassionate and thankful. • They ask questions. • They solve problems. • They are ethical. • They say “yes”

YOUR OVER WATCH COUNTS Near Hit Unsafe Behavior 3000 Minor 300 Severe 30 Fatal 1

90%of accidents are caused by unsafe preventable acts. Causes that are left uncorrected will result in serious accidents. DIFFERENTIATE BETWEEN UNSAFE ACTS & UNSAFE CONDITIONS

• Inadequate employee training • Ineffective employee motivation • Lack of accountability • Inadequate policies and procedures • Improper selection of equipment or material •Poor maintenance of facilities or equipment COMMON EXAMPLES OF CAUSES INCLUDE

Every accident has an impact on profits and sales. An accident with medical costs of $1,000 can cost $5,000 in total. AWARENESS: WHY A SAFETY CULTURE? To pay those costs, a company must sell $100,000 of services.

EXAMPLES OF NEGATIVE “RISKY” BEHAVIORS THAT ARE MOST TIMES COSTLY! • Damage to Product • Damage to company property • Careless treatment of property • Loss of property • Damage to customer property • Failure to maintain property in care • No Call No Show • Tardiness • Cell Phone usage/texting • Rapid pace to make down time • Lost time Accident • Vehicular Accident • Unsafe Acts • Near Miss • Insubordination • Quality issue • Customer Issue or complaint • Failure to inspect • Failure to meet goal • Failure of Drug test • DUI • Failure to participate in Wellness program • Smoking • Failure to participate in HRA • WC and insurance costs • Legal exposures • Can you think of any others? What do these cost? Can you Quantify?

AWARENESS: WHY A SAFETY CULTURE? Why a safety culture? Because a company can’t afford to not adopt a safety culture.

1. Awareness through communication and corrective action/rewards to drive behavior CHANGE. 2. Waste and hazard identification and reduction (MUDA) 3. Accountability through “chargeback” systems, safety goals, safety activities and documentation. 4. Results and benefits to the company and individual. 5. Education through management and employee training with specific focus on leading with Safety, Productivity and Quality. HOW TO DEVELOP AN AWARE SAFETY CULTURE

High performing organizations I’ve seen: •Management and employee attitude •Actions in response to unsafe behavior •Supervisory responsibility and accountability •Safety planning and goals •Policies and procedures •Employee training and motivation •Employee involvement, input or “buy in” •Part ways with bad actors MUST HAVES IN A SAFETY CULTURE

Observation & Recognition Techniques: • Understand the objective of the work activity being observed. • Be familiar with the standard/accepted methodology for completing the task under observation. • Look for attitude, then behavior. • Trust your initial impression. • Know the facility’s accident history and share it. • Document findings. • Have an immediate reaction. RECOGNITION: THE ART OF OBSERVATION

43.5% of all accidents occur during the first year of service. EDUCATION: EMPLOYEE TRAINING

1. Prepare the worker (attitude). 2. Present the job/issue (knowledge). 3. Involve the employee (skill). 4. Follow up (accountability). Training is ongoing- it never ends! Mix in some live, online, video, invite a guest etc. TRAINING SEQUENCE

HELP YOUR EMPLOYEES “OWN” THEIR OWN RISK • Find out why they work and what is important to them. • Teach your employees the business. • Show them how waste affects them. • Profit (less waste) = Raises and benefits. • Show them all of the factors that go into earning a profit. • Teach them that negative behaviors and waste cost everyone. • Use tools to control and monitor behaviors. • Accountable! • Track your results.

33 Be a leader – if not you, who?

• Show commitment to safety. Be assertive. • Enforce safe operations and job procedures. Be decisive. • Participate in safety activities, meetings, inspections, etc. • Wear proper PPE. • Give credit when due. Be supportive. • Listen to workers. Be available. • Show a positive attitude. Be enthusiastic. • Inspire a team effort. Be a coach. SET A PERSONAL EXAMPLE AS A SAFETY LEADER

A BIT ON COMPLIANCE (A WHOLE WORKSHOP IN ITSELF) Documentation requirements: – Policies… give ‘em out! – Trainings – Identification of hazards – Corrective actions – Regs – OSHA, EPA, DNR, DOT • Emergency plan! (Practice and post) • Best advice here – Do the basics, document and do it well. • Make safety a part of your job ad, interview, hire, orientation, placement and review process

• Risk reduction can be a profit center! • Insurability or rate control in changing markets • Direct and indirect costs of accidents as well as overall operating costs are reduced (HUGE!) • Productivity improvements • Profit margins • Production schedules and delivery times • The potential for legal costs reduced • Compliance is increased • Job security, job satisfaction and personal well-being are improved for all YOUR ROLE AS IT RELATES TO PROFIT Your stock goes up!

CONCLUSION • We didn’t cover it all… • Multiple industries, hazards, risks, challenges • If not you, who? • You might need some back up! • Beware of driftback… • When we change and stick to it, others can and will follow.

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