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Welcome to Safety Topics

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.

If you sign up by providing your email you will receive safety topics on a regular basis to use in your workplace. The writer of safety topics is Carl Potter and has been providing safety topics since 1992 for his readers. His safety topics come from the safety consulting he provides to his clients and is up to date.

Safety topics welcomes you to print, share, and forward any of the pages you find useful. Thank you for your interest and look forward to your feedback and ideas for future safety topics.

An Obligation for Safety

What is the Obligation?

Organizations have an obligation to make sure that they do not injure employees while in pursuit of profit.  Likewise, employees are obligated to do everything they can to make sure that they do everything they can… Continue reading

When Lockout / Tagout Fails (caution: graphic injury pictures)

Just the other day I was talking to a guy and after asking me what I do for a living, he told me about his friend who got hurt at work when Lockout / Tagout failed. I’m always interested when… Continue reading

Backing Accident Excuse: I wasn’t there when I parked…

If we understand that incidents lead to backing accidents, then we can prevent future accidents.

When a person backs into something with a vehicle the immediate reaction is excuse-making:

“That post shouldn’t be there anyway!”

“When I walked around the… Continue reading

Human Performance: Using Alpha Numeric Terms in Communications (video and worksheet)

This safety meeting topic includes a video to help understand the Alpha Numeric terms used in security and aviation to reduce errors when communicating information.  Carl Potter will discuss the communication process using standard Alpha Numeric terms.  Use the video… Continue reading

Practice Safe Behavior: Wear it!

This weekend many people will head for the lake and dust of their boats, jet ski, and other watercraft. One of the most important pieces of equipment is your life jacket or PFD ” Personal Flotation Device.” As your friend,… Continue reading

As a Safety Leader, are You Seen as a Hypocrite?

If you are around people, you are being watched.  Everyone watches everyone else to see if they are better or worse than the other person.  Judgments are being made in silence, with words, and in actions.  Some just walk away… Continue reading

Setting Zero Expectations

There’s No Going Back
Setting the bar high for safety performance is a noble cause. We all like to talk about the seemingly elusive target of “zero injuries.” People generally line up in one of two sides of this goal.… Continue reading

Is Your Workplace Hiding a Bomb?

Agents have narrowed down the possible source of the explosion in West, TX where 14 were killed and hundreds injured. It seems that a building where fertilizer was stored became the center of the explosion, however the fuse to the… Continue reading

Man Falls into Meat Grinder and Dies

Should anyone fall into an operating meat grinder?  No!  We have developed standards over the years to keep workers from falling into grinders, mixers, and other hazardous equipment.  But many companies don’t take the time to really follow the standards… Continue reading

The Power of Accountability

Accountability is a big word that scares many people.  It scares those who fear the act of being held accountable but are quick to hold those around them accountable.  To be successful in any endeavor, we should understand the power… Continue reading