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Safety Topics was developed to provide safety meeting topics for organizations that are targeting zero injuries in their workplace. Safety awareness is a key factor in preventing injuries and Safety Topics is here to help. If you are a supervisor, manager or safety specialist in your company, finding safety topics to present to your workforce can be a time consuming task, save time by using safety topics written by Carl Potter.

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Growing Into a Safer, More Valuable Employee

Mere change is not growth. Growth is the synthesis of change and continuity, and where there is no continuity there is no growth.

~ C.S. Lewis

The history of safety is an interesting study in continuity and change.  Safety has… Continue reading

Coaching as a Leadership Role:

Improve Safety, Job Performance, and Career Growth for a Thriving Workplace.

By Carl Potter, CSP,CMC,CFII

When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps. – Confucius

When someone is injured in… Continue reading

Is Your Attitude Hazardous to Your Health?

Why does a worker make the decision to bypass a safeguard, take a shortcut or not wear personal protective equipment? Such unsafe behavior often leads to injury – to the employee or someone else. A safety director in a utility… Continue reading

What’s in the Bucket? (A Common Workplace Hazard)

I’m in a lot of client sites with the work that I do with my Hazard Recognition and Control Workshop.  Lately I have noticed that many workplaces are using Folgers® Coffee cans to store things other than coffee.  Not… Continue reading

How to Screw-up a Safety Observation

Many years ago when safety observations began in modern industry, observers trained like robots would walk up to someone performing a job and ask, “Is there anything you can do to make this job safer?”  Immediately the person being observed… Continue reading

Where are we and how do we get there?

It is not uncommon for a client to ask me how long it will take to develop a positive safety culture.  My answer is, it depends.  What executives and management are really asking is, “what will it cost” but that’s… Continue reading

Leaders Who Listen for Safety Sake

Listening skills are some of the most important elements of great leaders.  When working with leaders I am amazed at the amount of time they spend telling people what to do.  I know coming from someone who speaks to thousands… Continue reading

Holiday Hazards

Well my friends, it is Thanksgiving Week in the United States.   I would like to take a few moments to encourage you to recognize, evaluate, and control the holiday hazards.  To begin with, lets consider the obvious hazards:

  1. Driving to… Continue reading

Horseplay Can Lead to Unintentional Injuries

Recently a young friend of mine was injured due some escalating horseplay that he instigated.  While a co-worker and friend was in the break room eating lunch my friend walked by and squirted his friend with water from a spray… Continue reading

If OSHA fines a retailer, what will they do to you?

What can happen because of someone setting boxes in door ways, blocking fire extinguishers, and overloading shelves?  One major retailer has been fined $262,500.00 since 2009 to drive the point home.  First of all people can be injured and secondly OSHA could… Continue reading