Author Archives: Jim Loud

Safety Bridges vs. Safety Silos

Creating Safety Bridges vs. Safety Silos – An EHS Opportunity to Improve

All company staff and support functions (e.g., HR, Quality, Procurement, IT, etc.) are subject to silo building.  But silos are inefficient and can cause extra expenses while isolating company functions into unintegrated sects that act in their own interest more … Read More

Safety, Commonsense and Nonsense

Safety, Commonsense, and Nonsense

Nonsense “Safety is nothing more than using common sense! In the aftermath of accidents, 85% are found to have been preventable.” “According to safety professionals, 4 in 5 serious injuries are the result of workers not being sensible on the job and … Read More

Incident Investigations

Don’t Get Stuck in Hindsight Bias – Best Practices in Incident Investigations

“How could they have been so stupid?” “Why didn’t they show more common sense?” “They should have seen it coming.” “The cause was clearly human error.” “Why didn’t they just follow the procedures?” “This accident was clearly preventable.” Do these … Read More

Promote Worker Engagement

Don’t Waste Your Safety Resources: Promote Worker Engagement

The most important asset we have in safety is our workforce. There are far more of them than there are of us and no one understands the work, and often the hazards, better than they do. In addition, as workers … Read More

Human Error A Meaningless Term

Human Error: A Meaningless Term

“Egyptian authorities suggest that the Ever Given container ship that ran aground blocking the Suez Canal could have been due to human error.”  Such headlines attributing serious accidents to “human error” are remarkably common following nearly every serious incident.  But … Read More

Performance-Based Assessment

Beyond Compliance: Using Performance-Based Assessments to Drive Continuous Improvement

For almost 20 years of my career, I led assessment teams and assessment organizations for both commercial nuclear and defense nuclear facilities.  Along the way I learned to value the power of work observations in assessing safety performance, as well … Read More