Safety Observations

3 Reasons Why Regular Workplace Inspections and Observations Need to Be Made

3 Reasons Why Regular Workplace Inspections and Observations Need to Be Made

Regular workplace inspections and observations provide a range of benefits to businesses and their employees. When implemented correctly, they help prevent illnesses, injuries, and incidents resulting from workplace hazards. Periodic workplace inspections and observations also ensure that businesses are complying … 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 Observations

Weighted Percent Safe – A New Risk Metric for Safety Observations

In a previous article, Assigning Severity Ratings to Safety Observation Findings, the concept of incorporating severity into standard safety observations for unsafe/at-risk observation findings was suggested. Doing this would allow observers to classify findings according to their potential level of … Read More

Percent Safe

Percent Safe is NOT a Risk-based Performance Indicator

Unlocking the secrets of Percent Safe Safety inspections and observations are conducted at almost all workplaces. Unfortunately, many companies collect only unsafe findings, creating an incomplete picture of risk. Companies that do collect safe observations tend to use a standard … Read More

Incident-Management

The Purpose of Incident Management & Incident Investigations

Incident management and incident investigations, while not typically welcome due to their nature of something having gone wrong, are a necessary tool in any EHS professional‘s toolbelt. They have been getting a bad reputation lately and pushed to ‘lagging indicator’ … Read More

Safety Observation Findings

Assigning Severity Ratings to Safety Observation Findings

When conducting traditional risk assessments, severity is commonly used as a factor when determining the level of risk involved. Severity represents the most likely consequence of a particular hazard occurrence. In other words, if a hazard exists and is not mitigated, … Read More