Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
The National Safety Council Safety & Health magazine has a great article in its November 2011 issue regarding how changing your company's safety culture improves safety performance and ultimately your company's bottom line. But what does that mean? Just like the promise to myself every Sunday that tomorrow will be the start of my new workout routine, saying and doing are two completely different things.
According to the article, Angelo Pinheiro from Marathon Oil defines safety culture as "a mindset that has its roots in the organization's policies, philosophies and management approaches." I could not agree more with this statement. Telling someone to 'be safe' is not all there is to a safety program. It's about setting expectations, training or retraining as it may be, and having consistent consequences for failure to comply. It's about maintaining morale and motivating employees* to be part of the change. It's about accountability and pride in your workplace, but most importantly it's about not only changing the mindset of the foreman, but of the CEO. Without top level buy-in, everything else is futile. It means nothing.
Changing a company's safety culture is hard work and can not be expected to change overnight. The article quotes Mark Fleming as saying “Ultimately, safety is a constant battle. You’re constantly trying to create this dynamic equilibrium where safety is being managed.” So just like maintaining a healthy lifestyle, changing a company's safety culture is an ongoing, continuously improving task that in the long run will pay dividends.
*Visit www.cashort.com/4safety to see how C.A. Short can help maintain morale and motivate employees with our proactive, behavior-based safety performance programs.
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Safety professionals have been described as different
And they really don’t understood why
Maybe it’s because they see hazards
Others tend to pass by
They are experts at finding behaviors
That lead to the accident’s cause and why.
That’s only because they are consistently observing
With a very caring eye.
Providing a safe productive work environment
While keeping the standard high
They never have another objective than,
To help ensure the life of you and I.
When you observe a safety person inspecting,
Never think of them as different than you.
They are people who are diligently working
So your future dreams can come true.
Please appreciate them for being steadfast
Never ever letting your safety stray.
Just “Thank God” for safety people
That are dedicated to the “safe production” way.
HLB - 1978
Written by Bryan Haywood
Wednesday, 20 July 2011 20:56
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
When creating a comprehensive safety program., C.A. Short feels as though safety performance programs are just a piece of the pie. While individually the pieces are important (and delicious), if one piece is eliminated the pie is incomplete, and no one wants to serve a pie with a bite missing, do they?
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Last week Kristin and Rod attended the Gulf Coast Symposium put on by the people at HR Houston. It was a great show that gave us the opportunity to discuss our years of service and employee recognition programs to the leaders of human resources.
Last week John was also able to discuss our safety performance programs at the Washington Metropolitan Area Construction Safety Association's Conference in Rockville MD. It was our first time attending, but gave great exposure to the thought leaders of the local construction industry.
This week we're gearing up for the Truckload Carriers Association Safety & Security, North Carolina Statewide Safety, Wisconsin Safety & Health, AND the North Carolina Healthcare Human Resources shows. Whew! I get tired just thinking about it!
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
The one thing you can say about C.A. Short is we don't take ourselves too seriously. The hilarious management staff entertained the masses at our annual employee recognition banquet last week. It was a lot of fun and a great way to show our employees how much we appreciate all that they do to make C.A. Short a success. Our slogan isn't "People are Everything" for nothing, you know?