Author Archives: Cary Usrey

Safety Inspections

Safety Inspections: How Often is Enough?

During the implementation of a robust and sustainable observation program for companies, one question comes up quite often: “How many inspections should we do?” Although a definitive number would be an ideal answer, safety inspection frequency is heavily influenced by … Read More

Safety Program Sustainability

7 Steps to Safety Program Sustainability

When considering sustainability, many organizations think of environmental concerns and the capacity to endure in this aspect. But what about the sustainability of a safety program? How does the program endure, evolve, and continually improve? Professionals in the safety field … Read More

Safety Leave Room

Does Appearance-Based Safety Leave Room for Improvement?

We live in a world that attaches numbers and metrics to virtually every facet of our lives. We are assessed and graded constantly and fear being on the “losing side.” Intrinsic to human nature is the desire to be viewed … Read More

Safety Observations: The Value of Safe + Unsafe

The Value of Including Safe Observations

The safety profession has an unhealthy fixation on measurements based purely on negative values. OSHA recordable and lost time injuries are the first such statistics that spring to mind (both lagging and—I would suggest—negative indicators.) Once they occur, they cannot … Read More

Safety Inspection Strategy Guide

A Focused Safety Inspection Strategy Guide

Safety inspections should not be done simply for the sake of checking a box. A proper strategy needs to be employed, ensuring observers are engaged in the most meaningful and sustainable way. Currently, there is little clear direction on what … Read More

Safety Absolutes Absolute?

Are Safety Absolutes Absolute?

Standard safety manuals address, at some level, the most basic principles of safety management, including the three “E’s.” 3 E’s: Engineering, Education, and Enforcement Engineering: At the most basic level, employers are obligated to assess ALL hazards associated with a … Read More