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What will you do?

As I travel the country consulting and speaking about “how to” be safe, it occurs to me that all it takes is, “Doing It.”  When I interview a person who has been injured they feel bad because they have caused the organizational target of zero injuries to be missed.  At this point their co-workers might relax and say, “Glad that wasn’t me!”

The key to being consistent is being consistent.  When we miss the mark it is imperative that we realign and focus ourselves.  People make mistakes and in most cases they did not intentionally make it.  Our question has to be, “Why did that happen?”

In my workshop we discuss hazards and learn how to see the hazards.  Many times people don’t see the hazard because they don’t see it as a hazard.  Making a worksite safe requires focus and determination to reduce the opportunity for injury.  As a grandparent I do this when my granddaughter is in my home.  I see conditions around the house that can cause her injury and mitigate them before she shows up.  When she arrives I am consistent about watching her behavior to make sure she does not do something to injure herself.  Why?  If you don’t know the answer to that question, then you are not a grandparent!

One example is the stairs in our home.  Janie my granddaughter, is at the age that she does not know she can get hurt by these wonderful things to climb on.  So it is my responsibility to provide a guard (barrier) to keep her off of them.  As she gets older and stronger she will make the decision to climb over, or pull it down to satisfy her need.  In the case of my granddaughter, the barrier must provide enough difficulty to detour her efforts.  At that point she may lose some of her freedom to move about the house unescorted.  At some point she we will have to make sure she takes the responsibility of not climbing the stairs without the guard, but as long as there are children around who are at risk, the barrier must stay in place.  Your worksite is much the same way.

We mitigate the risk by recognizing the hazard and then evaluating the risk.  Mitigation strategies must protect the most novice individual on the worksite.  In process plants across the nation people are told what the hazards are and how to avoid them.  Workers who become familiar with the surroundings become less intentional with mitigation because complacency sets in.  So, what will you do?

Today (everyday) we have to be consistent with our mitigation strategies and recognize the hazards.  Seeing the hazards first requires training so that the mind can understand the threats.  Training is the first step followed by a commitment to keep the workplace free of hazards.  Make today, the day you will refocus and look for hazards that can cause injury, and then reduce the risk of injury to yourself and your co-workers.

Consider Training as a First Step:

I have designed a solution that is in the form of a 6 hour workshop.  Through this training participant’s ability to see hazards is improved and they learn why it is important to mitigate them immediately.  Extensive discussion is about personal responsibility for workplace safety.

The next opportunity to experience this workshop and see if it is a fit for your organization is:

Dallas, TX on January 23rd, 2014 near DFW Airport, and will be from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm with lunch provided.

Click on the following link to go to www.hazardrecognitionworkshop.com and learn more and purchase a ticket for this event.

Thanks and Be Safe!

Carl Potter

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