Prevention Overview

Attitude or Awarness Toward Safety

If individual attitudes toward safety are absent, then eventually some sort of accident/mishap will occur. This loss is a concrete event that people can relate to. Studies indicate that if you considered a person’s attitude toward safety and drew it out against time, you can see the clear connection between a “low attitude” towards safety and the inverse effect of “high accidents” over time. If your organization can change the attitudes to be more safety conscious, it will result in directly reducing accidents over time.

Sometimes looking at the obvious from other accidents can help one view with clarity accidents within their organization. Look at the following instances and jot a few notes down regarding the above phenomena. Be specific about what happened:

a. The space shuttle accident:

b. Three Mile Island nuclear accident:

c. Select an event in your company:

Safety & Mission Accomplisments

Safety gets bad reviews because too often it is viewed merely as a hindrance to accomplishment of mission objectives. You cannot achieve quality without considering safety. Consider the elements that make up a successful organization. Look at the elements that must be considered when determining the effectiveness of an organization:

a. Training
b. Supplies & Equipment
c. Personnel
d. Balance Sheet

Management Attitudes

This is the single most important element in the safety effort. Without the support of top management, the most dynamic safety manager, with the best safety program will be ineffective. Conversely, the company with the “low key” safety manager who is• rarely seen, but has key management personnel who believe in safety and actively support the safety program, will usually have a safe company. Management attention is the manager’s commitment of time, talent, money, and work force to the integration of safety considerations into everyday operations. Indicators of this are:

a. Positive:

(1) Spends time and money on professional education.
(2) Responds to information and takes action.
(3) Participates in all events.
(4) Sets the tone for the safety effort.
(5) Acts as a role model.
(6) List other indicators you have seen:

b. Negative:

(1) Talks about safety, but doesn’t back it up.
(2) Not a role model.
(3) Believes posters and signs are enough.
(4) Lack of interest in the people.
(5) List other indicators you have seen:

Selling Safety

If you don’t have management commitment, here are some ways you can try to get it:

a. Company goals and objectives: Most companies have some statement about safety in their goals and objectives. Consider that safe operations will enable the company to achieve its goals and objectives, especially the financial ones.

b. Solutions to small visible problems: Solve some of the small problems in the company through safety. When others realize it works they will support a safe work environment.

c . Feedback: Provide feedback to your supervisor and the management chain regarding safety. Determine how it affects the operation and provide appropriate recommendations.

d.- Credibility: Use your credibility in other areas to sell safety. Show others that the job can be done safely.

e. Resources: Show that in the long run it takes less resources (people, time, money, supplies, etc.) to do the job.

f. Education: Educate those that work for you about safe practices. Make on-the-spot corrections when you see something that is not safe. Take responsibility for safety.

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