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The dangers of groupthink

The dangers of groupthink | Leading a Safety First Culture | Scoop.it
We all want to be part of the crowd. We want to belong. From an ethics perspective, conforming to group norms can be good but it can also be very, very bad. Groupthink is defined as the practice of approaching issues as matters to be dealt with by consensus of a group rather than by individuals acting independently. Groupthink can lead collective rationalization, lack of personal accountability and pressure to acquiesce. Groupthink is a common factor in bad decision-making and serious ethical breaches.  Groupthink often sets up . . .
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Group think is an insidious disease. Many of the most unfortunate and tragic decisions where a result of Group think i.e. Challenger disaster. Humans are herd animals - to stand alone requires enormous courage.

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Donald Blankenship Sentenced to a Year in Prison in Mine Safety Case

Donald Blankenship Sentenced to a Year in Prison in Mine Safety Case | Leading a Safety First Culture | Scoop.it
The sentencing of the former chief executive of Massey Energy Company comes six years and one day after an explosion tore through the Upper Big Branch mine, killing 29.
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Rules – Who Needs Them?

Rules – Who Needs Them? | Leading a Safety First Culture | Scoop.it
Rules are the power tools of safety. They are labour saving devices that do most of the work, but have their own significant risks if mishandled and fail when it comes to the precision needed for a fine finish
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Excellent article that tires to navigate the rules and procedures based approach to safety with employee autonomy and engagement.

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A Breath Away from Catastrophe: Creating Mindful Work Environments

A Breath Away from Catastrophe: Creating Mindful Work Environments | Leading a Safety First Culture | Scoop.it
How many times were our accidents, injuries and catastrophes literally one breath away from a different result? Isn’t a near-miss really just a “one breath away” moment?
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How Corporations Become Evil

How Corporations Become Evil | Leading a Safety First Culture | Scoop.it
On the origins of corporate evil—and idiocy
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This is a great article, which describes the psychological and neuro-science behind why smart people make dumb and sometimes evil choices. 

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Former Coal CEO Blankenship Found Guilty Of Conspiracy In Mine Disaster Case

Former Coal CEO Blankenship Found Guilty Of Conspiracy In Mine Disaster Case | Leading a Safety First Culture | Scoop.it
Former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship was acquitted of two other counts, meaning he'll face far less than the potential 30-year prison sentence prosecutors had sought.
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A victory for ROS - Return on Safety over ROI - Return on Investment.  Unfortunately, this will never make up for the lives lost.

#returnonsafety, #safety

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You Only Sustain What You Care About: 3 Keys to a Sustainable Safety Culture

You Only Sustain What You Care About: 3 Keys to a Sustainable Safety Culture | Leading a Safety First Culture | Scoop.it
A vibrant and sustainable safety culture is one that resonates and connects with the values and vision of both employees and the organization.
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I explore in this article the problem we all face, " How you sustain change." It's easy to start and to stop, but to sustain any change requires much more than just desire.

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VW Warns Staff Of Impending 'Massive Cutbacks'

VW Warns Staff Of Impending 'Massive Cutbacks' | Leading a Safety First Culture | Scoop.it
"I will be very open: this won't be painless," the new CEO said.
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A another very unfortunate example of the worship of ROI. ROI can only be sustained when ROI and ROS ( return on safety) at equally balanced.

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This Chemical Is Found in Most Hardware Stores and Kills Suddenly. Why Has the EPA Done Nothing?

This Chemical Is Found in Most Hardware Stores and Kills Suddenly. Why Has the EPA Done Nothing? | Leading a Safety First Culture | Scoop.it
Johnathan Welch was 18 and working through lunch when the fumes killed him, stealing oxygen from his brain, stopping his heart. The chemical linked to his death in 1999 wasn’t a newly discovered hazard, nor was it hard to acquire. Methylene chloride, which triggered similar deaths dating as far back...
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Unfortunately and unknown to me I used a paint stripper with this chemical hazard this summer. Fortunately, I used it outdoors.

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Leaders Don't Motivate - They Create the Conditions for Self-Motivation

Leaders Don't Motivate - They Create the Conditions for Self-Motivation | Leading a Safety First Culture | Scoop.it

Safety programs are analogous to the tip of the iceberg, and organizational culture is what lies below the water line—the heart of the iceberg. A positive safety culture can only exist within an organizational culture in which employees are positively engaged with their business, manager or supervisor, and daily work.

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Do you have a safety culture, or do you have safety programs? On the surface this question may appear easy to answer, but the distinction between programs and culture is deceiving. While many organizations believe that programs equate to culture, this inaccuracy can lead to serious consequences.

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Job strain linked to increased sick leave

Job strain linked to increased sick leave | Leading a Safety First Culture | Scoop.it
Workers with high job demands and job strain are at increased risk of sick leave due to mental disorders, reports a study in the August Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, official publication of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM).
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The factors that create job strain/stress are minimum control and social support. These are exactly the reasons why organizations must look at developing their work structures on the three factors (needs) of Self-Determination Theory: Autonomy, Relatedness and Competency #returnonsafety, #safety

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What stress does to your brain

What stress does to your brain | Leading a Safety First Culture | Scoop.it
New research examines the myriad ways chronic stress and anxiety can damage your long-term health
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Stress is a fact of life; it's always been that way. But it doesn't have to cause you harm.

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The Four Core Components of Safety Excellence

The Four Core Components of Safety Excellence | Leading a Safety First Culture | Scoop.it
Organizations that have basic safety programs in place usually take one of two paths: either they turn their attention away from safety to other priorities, thinking their safety performance is adequate, or they turn their attention to 
true safety excellence.
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Safety is not an individual sport; it's a team sport. Good advice on how to build your team.

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Creating a Safety Culture: KC Summit Highlights | TRSA

Creating a Safety Culture: KC Summit Highlights | TRSA | Leading a Safety First Culture | Scoop.it
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Excellent Conference put on by TRSA. Had great time and my keynote was well received.

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Tackling an Elephant: 5 Steps to a Predictive Safety Culture

Tackling an Elephant: 5 Steps to a Predictive Safety Culture | Leading a Safety First Culture | Scoop.it

Five steps to take an organization from a reactive state to a proactive one that uses EHS and quality data to create a safer organization.

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Just 6 Seconds of Mindfulness Can Make You More Effective

Just 6 Seconds of Mindfulness Can Make You More Effective | Leading a Safety First Culture | Scoop.it
All you need is a single breath.

Via Daniel Fillion CRHA, Méd. A.
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More accidents and injuries could be avoided if organizations included mindfulness training with their employees.

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Implication is that all you need to do is take a mindful breath but getting to the point where it works takes training and discipline. Another over simplification.

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The Dirty Work of a Coal Baron Exposed

The Dirty Work of a Coal Baron Exposed | Leading a Safety First Culture | Scoop.it
Donald Blankenship, a ranking member of Big Coal, was tried and convicted of putting miners at lethal risk.
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"A relentless emphasis on productivity" killed 29 miners.  #returnonsafety #safety

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SLC 2015: Why Do Good People Make Bad Decisions?

SLC 2015: Why Do Good People Make Bad Decisions? | Leading a Safety First Culture | Scoop.it
Tom Wojick, president of the Renewal Group, led off his lunchtime keynote discussion about 'ROS – Return on Safety: The Key to a Sustainable ROI" with a quick description of emotional intelligence and emotional bias and how they impact our ability to make decisions. He followed that up with a pointed question: 'Why do good people make bad decisions?"

According to Wojick, "There is no such thing as a sustainable ROI without looking at the return on safety."

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Thank you to EHS Today for providing me the opportunity.

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Larry Glover's comment, November 21, 2015 7:35 PM
Reading this, Tom, makes me reflect that likewise we might consider the Return on Fear (ROF) in light of a Return on Love (ROL) in our national policies and in business.
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Poll shows bi-partisan support for new rules to prevent chemical disasters

Poll shows bi-partisan support for new rules to prevent chemical disasters | Leading a Safety First Culture | Scoop.it
As the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considers new chemical plant safety rules, a new national survey of likely 2016 voters shows strong support among Democrats, Republicans and Independents for policies that would eliminate catastrophic hazards.
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Judge rules for OSHA: Company failed to protect murdered employee from workplace violence

Judge rules for OSHA: Company failed to protect murdered employee from workplace violence | Leading a Safety First Culture | Scoop.it
An administrative law judge has affirmed OSHA’s finding that Integra Health Management - now operating as Integra ServiceConnect LLC – failed to protect an employee from workplace violence, which lead to her death.
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This is an important ruling for all industries. Work place violence, unfortunately is increasing. As our culture becomes increasing polarized so does the workplace often creating the conditions for emotions to flare, which could result in aggressive behavior. 

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Global tally: a million people suffer from work-related injuries, illnesses a year

Global tally: a million people suffer from work-related injuries, illnesses a year | Leading a Safety First Culture | Scoop.it
A recent Swiss survey of the working population shows that in 2013 over one million people suffered damage to their health due to their occupational activity. Eleven per cent of those questioned reported suffering from a health problem linked to their work (750 000 people) and 6 percent had been the victim of a workplace accident (316 000 people).
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The “traditional” physical risks remain high, but we are also seeing a rise in “new” risks: stress, lack of time, pressure due to lack of staff, which are affecting all sectors. The new target-driven management methods, combined with cuts in staff and aggravated by the period of crisis, are significantly increasing stress levels for employees and worsening the dangers.’

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8 imperatives for positive safety outcomes

8 imperatives for positive safety outcomes | Leading a Safety First Culture | Scoop.it
Too often, safety leaders mistakenly believe culture has little to do with their sphere of influence and leave it to the human resources department.
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Very good review of the factors that  are essential in creating a positive safety culture. Most leaders realize their importance and are good at initiating the process. What tends to be the downfall is how to sustain the process. Our safety culture flywheel is the mechanism that keeps the momentum moving in a positive direction. See http://renewalgroup.weebly.com/blog/six-steps-to-a-positive-safety-culture. #returnonsafety #safety

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Success Feedback: The key to employee motivation

Success Feedback: The key to employee motivation | Leading a Safety First Culture | Scoop.it
Motivating people takes more than just pointing out where they went wrong; it also means acknowledging when they’ve got it right.
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"I'd like to give you some feedback." Unfortunately when most people hear this they think, " I'm going to be told what I'm doing wrong." And for the most part they're right. Feedback needs to both positive and constructive to lead to change. Laura Goodrich in her book, Seeing Red Cars, says, "You get more of  whatever you focus on." Spend more time recognizing people being safe and you'll get more attention to safety. 

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Want Your Safety Culture to Take Off? Don’t Forget the Flywheel!

Want Your Safety Culture to Take Off? Don’t Forget the Flywheel! | Leading a Safety First Culture | Scoop.it
A safety culture flywheel keeps everything moving in the right direction according to the values, beliefs and commitments you’ve determined to be essential to your success.
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Coaches and athletes know how important positive momentum is to success. Momentum is not something that happens by luck; you have to plan for it.

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