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Getting Ready for 2014

18 Dec

With the pressure we all face in these hectic times, thinking about the way we do things, and how to do things more efficiently is important. Take a look at http://smartrebrander.com/dondressler/ld/3613/

This document reminds of some basics we might have gotten away from: plan your time; start with the most important; tackle hard problems first.

Hope you have a great 2014 and use your time wisely.

Safe Attitudes Make All the Difference

8 Jan

Chris Kilbourne recently wrote the following article published on the safetydailyadvisor.blr.com . It did just a great job in capturing important ideas, I wanted to re-post it here:
“When employees have a safe attitude, they have a genuine concern for their own safety and well-being as well as that of co-workers. They feel it is their responsibility to help maintain a safe work environment for all. Good for them, and good for you.
“Safety is our number 1 priority,” say a lot of companies. But when the chips are down and production needs to be increased, safety may suddenly become number 2.
Having a good safety attitude means that both the company and the employees have to make safety a core value. Values don’t change every time priorities do. Values become part of the way you and your workers operate every day on the job. They are part of your organization’s:
• Core
• Culture
• Policies
• Actions
Time and again, award-winning health and safety programs prove to be those in which the employer places a high priority on worker safety, and employees readily participate in activities that advance safety objectives. In other words, everyone from the CEO to the newest, lowest level employee takes safety seriously and always makes it priority number 1.
What It Takes
What does it take to develop good safety attitudes among employees?
1. Encourage employees to think about safety 24/7, not only when they’re at work.
2. Talk about safety all the time. It has to be something people are always discussing, thinking about, and improving.
3. Make sure employees work safely. This job falls largely to your supervisors, who have to have good safety attitudes, too. And you and your staff have to be checking up, monitoring performance, and being visible.
4. Encourage employee participation, suggestions, questions, and even complaints about unsafe conditions.
5. Set an example for your workers. If they see you and your safety staff wearing PPE, following rules, eliminating hazards, and investigating incidents, they’ll follow your lead take safety seriously, too.
6. Provide positive feedback for safe performance and attitudes. People love to be recognized and praised for doing the right thing.
7. Correct reported safety hazards right away. Nothing says that you and management also have a good safety attitude more than demonstrating that you care and are looking out for your workers.”

Supervisors and Safety: The Key Component

1 May

There is no easy answer for safety, but having well trained and involved foremen and supervisors who know about safety and provide leadership, comes close.

Most important is the example the supervisor sets. His following of safe practices and work rules will be the model for everyone else. The work place is where “do as I say not as I do” won’t cut it. Also, while doing his other duties, the supervisor should keep an eye on conditions and safe practices, commenting on employees who follow the safety rules, makes a big impact.

Specific supervisor responsibilities should include:

  • Training new and current employtees on safety
  • Impleementing safety rules and procedures
  • Inspecting for compliance with safe work practices and conditions
  • Reporting accidents and near misses
  • Asking employees for safety suggestions and ideas
  • Evaluating conditions, equipment and personnel for hazards

Don Dressler Consulting has developed a new training program, “Supervising for Safety” to assist employers and supervisors in meeting these needs. Contact us by email to: DonDressler1@hotmail.com to learn more about this program.