How to make you and your organisation safe(r)

Peter Gibb All Members, Public

Some thoughts about how to make you and your organisation safe(r):

  1. Safety is what we do and not a series of projects and initiatives.
    Be safe!
  2. Do positive things, think positive thoughts; don’t just use negative ideas.
    Add something that enhances safety.
    Don’t just do ‘Stop’, ‘Prevent’ etc.
  3. Don’t strive for zero injuries; strive for becoming a better place with better practices and a good environment. There are several reasons; one is that ‘zero’ could happen by accident, no pun intended, secondly ‘zero’ is a finite figure so once it’s achieved, what next, and thirdly it is a target, or might be seen as such. As stated before, we should be striving for a good place and good practices in a good environment.
  4. Everyone is involved in being safe, not just the leaders.
    And anyway see no. 8.
  5. Ensure that everyone is interested in being safe both at work and away from work.
    Get everyone to talk about safe practices and being safe, whether it is leaders or others.
    And anyway see no. 8.
  6. Do safe things, whether that means introducing something, or changing something or carrying on something.
    Practice being safe.
  7. If you are a leader, be safe and others will be inspired to be the same.
    And anyway see no. 8.
  8. When safety is concerned everyone is a leader.
  9. Commit to being safe.
  10. Trust everyone to be safe, and to perform safely.
    See number 7.

From an idea by Alan Quilley CRSP, Safety Results Ltd, Alberta, Canada

About the Author …
peter gibb round Peter Gibb | SafeNett
Peter is director of SafeNett Ltd. He is a member of the Chartered Management Institute, and a founder member of Business and Management Wessex. Peter has a number of local and international clients with whom he works as a facilitator, trainer and coach, helping individuals and teams identify and implement excellence. When asked what he ‘actually’ does, his answer was “training mistakes out of people”!
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