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"Safety-First" Is Not The Priority Anymore

Posted by Kevin Burns on Oct 10, 2018 1:07:00 PM

What if your "one thing" was to make a difference?

There are no such things as priorities. You can have a priority; one. But you can’t have more than one priority. Besides, it’s not a priority if it competes for attention with other priorities. You can have a lot of things that are important, or urgent or critical. But there is room for only one priority. It is that one priority that you can build a company, an ideal or a movement around.

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Once You Have A Safety System ... Now What?

Posted by Kevin Burns on Sep 26, 2018 1:07:00 PM

A safety system by itself doesn't make the organization any safer.

Driving instructors have a system for teaching people to drive. Sports coaches have a system for improving player performance. Almost everything in this world has a system. There’s even a system for generating your paycheck. But, the system doesn't pay out unless someone tells it to.

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The One Clarifying Question for Effective Safety Communication

Posted by Kevin Burns on Sep 19, 2018 1:07:00 PM

To improve employee participation in the safety program, clear communications are key.

If you are going to communicate something in safety, what do you want to have happen? How exactly do you want your people to participate?

Informing people isn’t enough anymore. Your people are already bombarded with, on average, four thousand marketing messages each day. Everywhere they look, they are getting access to another message – competing with your safety message - even as recently as this morning. 

But let's say that you are above-average in compelling and engaging your people’s attention during a morning safety meeting, as soon as they leave the meeting, they are faced with hundreds more messages that all compete for attention. So, to combat this, you have to be clear.

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Do This One Thing to Make People Care About Safety

Posted by Kevin Burns on Sep 12, 2018 1:07:00 PM

If you want people to care about safety, you have to first care about them.

I was working with a group of minesite supervisors and we were discussing the needs of employees and how a supervisor can make sure that employee needs were being met. I asked this question: how can you show your employees that, as supervisors, you care?

Here are some of the responses:

  • Give good communication
  • Improve your listening skills
  • Be respectful of their needs
  • Demonstrate persistence
  • Engage them in problem-solving
  • Recognize employees for their good work
  • Take a time-out with employees
  • Help employees to re-focus
  • Show support for your people especially when they need it.

All good answers. In fact, a lot of necessary answers. But the answer that wasn’t mentioned was, perhaps, too obvious. It is the one thing that supervisors, managers, safety people, executives, and even fellow workers must do to show their fellow employees that they care.

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3 Ways to Make Safety Meetings Matter

Posted by Kevin Burns on Sep 5, 2018 1:07:00 PM

Are you meeting the needs of your people in safety meetings?

How many times have you seen presenters, with 10 minutes of solid information, stretch it into a 90-minute presentation? How does that happen? Here’s how. The person organizing the safety meeting is trying to fill blocks of time instead of developing content that will make a difference to their people.

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5 Key Ingredients to Building Safety Engagement

Posted by Kevin Burns on Aug 29, 2018 1:07:00 PM

If you want to change safety performance, you have to change the approach and the conversation.

In safety, there are no trade secrets. The same set of rules apply to every company within an industry. Construction safety applies to all builders. Mining safety is the same for every mine. Electrical safety is the same for every electrician. Whatever your industry, your competitors don’t get a leg up because they have different rules to play by. Everyone has the same rules and the same code.

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Yes, You CAN Make People Care About Safety!

Posted by Kevin Burns on Aug 22, 2018 1:07:00 PM

If you want your people to care, do and say the things that matter to them.

Why won't people just follow the safety rules? Why don't they speak up at meetings or take the paperwork seriously? Tough questions to ask if you’re a supervisor or safety person trying to get their people to care about safety. But, here's the good news: you can make people care about safety.

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Make Your Safety Job Redundant

Posted by Kevin Burns on Aug 9, 2018 12:04:14 PM

The safety of others is more important than clinging to your job.

Who is benefitting most from you showing up at work each day? Your co-workers or you? The answer to this question illustrates your intent.

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(video) How To Intensify Safety Participation

Posted by Kevin Burns on Jul 25, 2018 1:07:00 PM

What is your intent when it comes to safety?

Ever thought about how to make mission, vision and purpose statements more powerful and to help improve safety doing it? Even more powerful than a corporate mission statement is a crew mission statement. Kind of like a team purpose or plan that galvanizes the crew members.

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(Video) It Seems Like Your People Don't Care About Safety, But...

Posted by Kevin Burns on Jul 18, 2018 1:02:00 PM

It seems like your people don't care about safety, but they do. Yes, your people do care about safety. They just don't care the way you care about it, because they see safety differently than you do.

Everyone cares about something. However, what's appealing and motivating to you is not always appealing and motivating to someone else. Your goals for safety improvement may be important to you, but your people need to have a benefit in working harder to reach those goals.

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