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By Elaine HamillPublished: Wednesday, November 2, 2011 2:26 PM PDT
On the radio the other night, I heard former National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Jim Hall, who has recently been hired by PG&E as a “safety adviser.”
Said Hall: “I’m going to be working with PG&E as an independent monitor as they move to address their safety culture … Trying to build a safety culture is a process that will take months and require the dedication of all the employees …”
His troubling, repeated mention of a “safety culture” naturally led me to wonder what culture had existed previously at the huge power company responsible for sending gas and electricity into millions of people’s homes. One of guesswork and hope?
Conducting site reviews (audits), areas surveys, findings from job hazard analysis (JHA), and observations may uncover perceptions, areas or tasks that must be quickly addressed (RT @Riskex: Safety Culture - Twelve Steps to a Change Management Checklist...
In this article safety Built-In discusses the following “Rolling out a new safety program—especially when it entails a culture change—should never be done lightly or halfheartedly, because you always risk the danger of having it become the newest...
Safety Culture is the way safety is perceived, valued and prioritised in an organisation. It reflects the real commitment to safety at all levels in the organisation. It has also been described as "how an organisation behaves when no one is watching".
Quote from site: "Employee engagement is linked to retention, productivity, safety, absenteeism, company culture, and even customer engagement, as many organizational leaders appreciate. What C-suite leaders may not fully recognize is that employee engagement also influences profitability and sales. Employee engagement directly impacts the bottom line, since engaged employees sell more than disengaged employees. Therefore, companies who hope to find a sustainable competitive edge should set up a Voice of the Employee program to understand how to increase employee engagement among their staffers."
Here is a great video that discusses the following "Behavioral Economics uses social, cognitiveand emotional factors in understanding the economic decisions of individuals and institutions performing economic functions, including consumers, borrowers and investors, and their effects on market prices, returns and the resource allocation."
If you run a small business, sometimes it is hard to keep up with all the rules and regulations. However, there are some very basic elements that must be implemented into a management system. One example is Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA’s) Proposed ‘I2P2′ Rule.According to OSHA, the proposed rule will “require employers to develop and implement a program that minimizes worker exposure to safety and health hazards.”
OHSAS 18001 was first introduced in 1999 and requires organisations to assess their risk and implement an effective occupational health and safety management system to promote a safe and healthy working environment.
An investigation by the United States Coast Guard has concluded the largest oil spill in the history of the petroleum industry was partly the result of a "poor safety culture" aboard the Deepwater Horizon oil rig. The April 2010 explosion aboard the rig, which is located in the Gulf of Mexico, triggered a disaster that led to widespread environmental damage.
"At the regulatory level, compliance with proscriptive Environment Health & Safety (EH&S) legislations is now often critical to market access in many countries. But the importance of EH&S is even more far-reaching." Note: We are still discussing Safety First to develop a Safety Culture. My note to this article: "Safety must be a Value to the organization and not a priority or safety first."
The health & safety culture of an organization is the product of individual and group values, attitudes, perceptions, competencies and patterns of behavior that determine the commitment to, the style and proficiency of an organization’s health and ...
It has been observed at the OSHA VPP sites and confirmed by independent research that developing strong safety cultures have the single greatest impact on accident reduction of any process. It is for this single reason that developing these cultures should be top priority for all managers and supervisors.
CSB Releases New Video on Laboratory Safety at Academic Institutions
"Experimenting with Danger" Focuses on CSB Case Study on Texas Tech University Accident; Laboratory Deaths at UCLA and Dartmouth.
"In the video, CSB Chairperson Dr. Rafael Moure-Eraso, says, "Research conducted at university laboratories is often on the forefront of technology and innovation. It is important that this research continues and thrives. But it must be done within a strong safety culture where preventing hazards is an important value.""
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