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Safety Blog: A 2018 Challenge for Creating a Safe Workplace

I am continually inspired by the number of people who aspire to work safe, and I am equally troubled by those who choose to believe it is not possible to work safe.  As 2017 draws to a close, I am thinking of all the participants who attended keynotes, workshops, and facilitated safety discussions this year who listened intently, asked great questions and went back to work and gave it their best. Their participation inspires me to continue my work to find new ways to improve my clients’ ability to create worksites where it is difficult to get hurt.

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe. ~ Anatole France

In the past 12 months I have watched individuals grow and take up the charge to create safer workplaces.  This past year one individual came to me and announced that he had signed up for classes at the local community college to earn a degree in Safety Management.  Several other safety professionals told me they are going to study for the CSP (Certified Safety Professional) exam and many others shared their accomplishment of earning their CUSP (Certified Utility Safety Professional).  Three independent safety professionals stepped up in November and made the decision to join the Safety Institute as Associates to bring their passion for safety to organizations like yours. Each of these people who crossed my path in 2017 believe that it is possible to create a worksite where it is difficult to get hurt and they are willing to take action to make that happen.

My challenge in 2018 to my clients is to seek your next level in reaching your desired goals.  Spend an hour or two in contemplation (dreaming) to attain a vision of what you want to see happen in 2018.  Don’t just say “Zero Injuries” or “Nobody Gets Hurt”, but really get a vision for what your workplace and worksite needs to look like in order to reach those goals.  Remember that what you do will pay off in results, so you must choose wisely what you do.

  • Will your organization have a challenging message at your yearly kick-off meeting?
  • Do you have some metrics in place that can lead to a safer workplace or are you still just chasing a zero injury goal hoping to catch it?
  • Have you stopped to ask, “What am I doing to make sure that nobody gets hurt?”
  • Have you decided to settle for what you have and not seek to improve in 2018 because it’s to hard… expensive… exhausting?

The complacent, the self-indulgent, the soft societies are about to be swept away with the debris of history. – John F. Kennedy

In 2018 let’s step up and make a plan to take action – action that moves your organization towards a safer workplace with worksites that produce quality products and results.  If we do this, production will take care of itself and we will look back a year from now and say, “Let’s do that again!”

Thanks again to those who have allowed me to walk alongside you in creating safer workplaces over the past 25 years and I look forward to 2018 beginning my next 25 years.  As always, “Go out and make it a safe day!”

One of the most significant challenges we met this year was the expansion of the Safety Institute which continues to be a resource for organizations that want to create workplaces where it’s difficult to get hurt. In addition, we are now a community of independent safety professionals who are committed to preventing every workplace injury.    You have access to the outstanding Associates of the Safety Institute who bring the best of who they are to you.  Check out for resources that will help you meet your 2018 challenge.

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