Category: Safety Culture and Behavioral Safety

The articles here will show you how to build safety culture, and maintain it when you do. We’ll talk motivation technique, incentives, employee contests, recognition programs, and other safety awareness methods.

No Fooling: April Is Alcohol Awareness Month

Alcohol and workplace safety don’t mix. If any of your employees are reporting to work under the influence, they’re putting themselves and others at risk. Take advantage of Alcohol Awareness Month to promote an alcohol-free and drug-free workplace. Workplace use of alcohol and drugs is a problem that costs American businesses more than $100 billion […]

How to Talk Turkey About Impaired Driving

December is National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month and Mothers Against Drunk Driving’s (MADD) Tie One On for Safety event occurs between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, during which time more than 1,000 people die in traffic accidents nationally. What better time to talk to employees about impaired driving? National Drunk and Drugged Driving […]

Road Rage–A Serious Highway Hazard

Road rage has become an epidemic on highways and byways across the nation. Angry, stressed-out drivers taking out their aggressions behind the wheel may be one of the most dangerous highway hazards any driver has to handle. Do you know of anyone, including yourself, who hasn’t been ticked off by a tailgater, a lane hog, […]

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5 Keys to Improving Worker Safety Attitude

In a previous article we looked at some creative and cost-saving ways to keep your safety programs effective in a down economy. Several of those ideas revolve around increased employee involvement. In this article, we look at some talking points to get your workers to recognize the need to take safety seriously, and to demonstrate […]

Workplace Security: The Rules Have Changed

There’s nothing new about perils in the workplace. But business expert and motivational speaker John Di Frances says it takes a new mindset to accept that the dangers facing workers today are more complex and potentially far more dangerous. He says that accepting those dangers means addressing security concerns at the very highest level of […]

Safety Plus: Get Your Employees Involved

Why are successful supervisors in many organizations turning over more safety responsibilities to their employees? It isn’t because they’re shirking their duty. It’s because these supervisors have learned that the more their employees participate in safety programs, the safer the workplace becomes. OSHA has long advocated employee participation as basic to workplace safety. An agency […]

Breaking the Chain of Repeat Accidents

Yesterday’s Advisor conducted something of a forensic examination into the causes of repeat accidents. Today we turn to strategies for breaking that expensive and demoralizing chain. Armed with yesterday’s information about the people and places most likely to be involved in repeat accidents, as well as some contributing factors, we’re ready to move on to […]

Safety Incentives: Yea? Or Nay? Nay!

Yesterday we looked at the case for using incentives to bolster safety in the workplace. Today we look at arguments against safety- incentive programs, and at the foundation of workplace safety—safety attitude. The OSHA Compliance Advisor, a twice-monthly newsletter produced by BLR, took a comprehensive look at the cases for and against safety incentive programs. […]

Safety Incentives: Yea? Or Nay? Yea!

Are safety incentive programs right for your organization? Today we’ll look at the case for safety incentives; tomorrow we’ll look at the case against. The value of incentive programs has been hotly debated in the safety community. Advocates say they help employees stay focused on avoiding hazards. Opponents say such programs are a poor substitute […]

10 Keys to Accident Prevention

Despite all of OSHA’s standards and all of its inspections and citations, there were 5,488 fatal occupational injuries in 2007 and 1.2 million injuries involving days away from work in 2006, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Those statistics are not intended to discourage you, but rather to motivate you to go beyond the […]