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Safety Management programs stick to the same old script.

Every safety professional I know is busy.  I mean really busy.  It might be the most frequent statement  I  hear at trade shows, and it’s always spoken with equal parts pride and exhaustion. I  know  firsthand  how  little  time  and  energy  safety  folks  have  to spare    on    making    meaningful, long-term   improvements   to   the workplaces  they  oversee.  That’s  why I’m sad to see so many safety managers spending way too much time chasing marginal gains.

Most  companies  do  a  decent  job of meeting compliance standards. There   are   still   recurring   issues   but,  by  and  large,  they’ve  got  the basics covered. But   when   it   comes   to   solving  those  recurring  issues—like  slips, trips   and   falls   or   habitual   PPE  noncompliance—too  many  health and  safety  programs  stick  to  the  same  old  script.  Companies  buy  more  wet  floor  signs  or  purchase new   PPE   that   is   slightly   more  comfortable.  All  of  this  may  bring  about minor benefits. But there are much bigger improvements left on the table.

One    of    the    things    I    like    to encourage    safety    professionals to  do  is  to  set  aside  half  an  hour  a  month  to  consider  the  Pareto Principle. It’s a well-known rule that 80%  of  results  come  from  20%  of the  effort.  When  most  people  take some time to consider it, they quickly realize that the time they spend trying to   enforce   better   compliance   with  regulations   isn’t   going   to   lead   to  dramatic improvements in results.

In  fact,  what’s  currently  happening  with  most  safety  pros  is  the  flip  side  of the Pareto Principle: they’re getting the  last  20%  of  gains  and  it’s  taking  80% of their effort—or at least it feels like it.

A    recent    survey    conducted    by   BLR  showed  that  the  three  biggest challenges  facing  safety  folks  today  are  employee  engagement,  getting  supervisor    participation    in    safety   programs,   and   employees   taking shortcuts or ignoring rules. Will what you’re doing now effectively deal with 80% of the problems related to  these  issues?  If  not,  then  it’s  time  to  consider  what  will.  Personally, I’ve  seen   a   positive,   awareness-based focus on human error reduction have a tremendous impact. It addresses all three of these issues (not to mention a host of other problems) on a number of levels—in short, it gets the most for relatively little effort.

But    regardless    of    what    specific  solution  you  have  in  mind,  a  new approach   will   almost   definitely   be  required. Because doing what you’ve already  done  can’t  take  you  much further than where you’re at now.

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