Safety Observations

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

Safety Observation Strategy

Safety Observation Strategy Guide

In my past blog, “A Guide for Workplace Safety Inspections and Safety Observations”, I discussed the basic framework to support a comprehensive safety observation program. What I wish to explore further is the strategy of the safety observation process that … Read More

Safety Observation Program

Safety Observation Program Defined

In a previous article, Purpose of Workplace Safety Inspections and Safety Observations, it was discussed that safety observations play a critical role in an overall safety management system. Further, the primary objectives of a safety observation program, ideally, are to … Read More

Safety Observation Training Program

Safety Observation Training Program

In a previous article, A Guide for Workplace Safety Inspections and Safety Observations, the framework to support a robust safety observation program was discussed. Specifically, the fundamental components of a comprehensive framework for an inspection and observation program were highlighted. … Read More

Are All Accidents Preventable?

Are All Accidents Preventable?

Myths are plentiful in the safety profession. So much so that I was able to compile 101 of the most common myths in a book – Safety Myths 101: Musings on Myths, Misunderstandings and More. The article below was the … Read More

Guide for Safety Inspections

A Guide for Workplace Safety Inspections and Safety Observations

As discussed in the previous article, the Purpose of Workplace Safety Inspections and Safety Observations , virtually every workplace conducts some form of periodic worksite safety inspections. This process is a typical component of a comprehensive health and safety plan. … Read More

Safety Inspection

Purpose of Workplace Safety Inspections and Safety Observations

Virtually every workplace conducts some form of periodic work site safety inspections. This process is a typical component of a comprehensive health and safety plan. But why are they done? Therein lies the interesting question. “We have to.” Safety is … Read More