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Safety Culture: So Much Controversy!

October 21st, 2013 · Comments

In my column in OH&S Magazine, an article of mine was published March, 2013 titled, Stop Trying to Create a Safety Culture. - http://proactsafety.com/articles/stop-trying-to-create-a-safety-culture

It created a lot of buzz, which increased significantly when I posted it recently to the groups I belong to in LinkedIn. There is a word limit in the group comments, so to reply to some great feedback and discussion, I’ve organized my thoughts here.

Do I think we should stop creating safety culture? Yes. Safety Culture, or what we call it at least, already exists, good, bad, or indifferent. You only create the culture when you are first gathering people together from different backgrounds (e.g., experiences, employers, communities) and start aligning them to accomplish something. Only then (when the business opens the doors) are you focusing on the creation of a culture. Even that statement could be disagreed with, in that cultural influences were already imposed on people. Perhaps creation starts in the home? Perhaps culture of safety starts with the responsibility of the parents as their children enter the working world – that could be an interesting discussion!

The business culture is created after people have grown accustom to working together. Could the safety/production/quality/leadership elements be better? Sure, always. If someone thinks otherwise, they are breathing their own exhaust. The only way we advance is to believe there will always be a better way. I have yet to find a company that only and only improvement in “safety culture” would only benefit safety. (Safety culture: Just a term used to provide understanding and structure to, A. Bring focus and B. Provide bookends to manage within.) If there are opportunities for the aspects, characterizes and capabilities that shape safety to be improved, there are always opportunities for these to enhance all aspects of business performance.

What of multiple or subculture? I do believe there will be subcultures within cultures in mid to large size organizations and very disorganized smaller firms. I also believe that that a bit of autonomy is healthy, as long as it contributes to organizational vision and goals. However, I do not agree with the benefit of multiple safety cultures, unless the company-dictated safety culture is ineffective. I’d have to do research, there was a study I read about 5-7 years ago, that said every time you speak to your direct supervisor, your blood pressure increases. Now, how does that create alignment in all aspects of culture if there are medical reactions when an individual speaks with different levels of the business?

What I do think is counterproductive is to completely discount the term and how it is used as commonplace in today’s business. I hear and see people saying that it shouldn’t be used. In my opinion, these people are out of touch with today’s senior executive. Telling them they are wrong, will turn them off to a new way of thinking. Of course it will take new information and experiences to help those who own the overall culture to see the realities of safety culture. But, just nay-saying without a comprehensive alternative is just spreading pointless negativity. For example, there were several in the safety field (whom are Psychologists) that several years back, strongly discouraged and disliked the use of the term habit; It wasn’t scientific enough! Habit is a common term that provides great understanding and helps serve as a vehicle for important messages about safety.

Terry Mathis and I took a well, thought-out risk with our book published earlier this year by WILEY, when using the term Safety Culture in the title. The book is more about company culture and how to strengthen it overall (to improve safety), but we realize that if we want to influence those responsible for it (business execs), we have to provide it in a manner that might appeal to those that are serious about improving safety performance and culture. Keep in mind, it was not a self-published book so the goal was not to become a best-seller for profit. We were honored when it did on Amazon, and the best feedback we received from execs was they saw how it could be used in all aspects of business culture. – Exactly our goal: provide ideas for internally-led improvement.

If we are unwilling to accept new common terms and learn how to work with them to advance thinking, behavior, processes and results we are working against ourselves and the new generations, their habits, points of view and language. Heck, I’m still trying to understand twerking… (Side Note: I wrote this in MS Word as connectivity is limited where I am writing this from, and word didn’t recognize twerking!)

- Shawn M. Galloway

Shawn M. Galloway is the President of ProAct Safety and the coauthor of two books, his latest published Feb 2013 by Wiley is STEPS to Safety Culture Excellence. As an internationally recognized safety excellence expert, he has helped hundreds of organizations within every major industry to achieve and sustain excellence in performance and culture.  He has been listed in this year’s National Safety Council Top 40 Rising Stars, EHS Today Magazine’s 50 People Who Most Influenced EHS and ISHN Magazine’s POWER 101 – Leaders of the EHS World and again in the recent, elite list of Up and Coming Thought Leaders. In addition to the books, Shawn has authored over 300 podcasts, 100 articles and 80 videos on the subject of safety excellence in culture and performance.

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296 - Stop Trying To Create A Safety Culture

July 1st, 2013 · Comments

Greetings everyone, this podcast recorded while in Bismarck, North Dakota. I’d like to share an article I wrote that was published March 2013 in Occupational Health and Safety Magazine.  It was titled, Stop Trying To Create A Safety Culture. The published article can either be found on the magazine’s website or under Insights at www.ProActSafety.com.

I hope you enjoy the podcast this week. If you would like to download or play on demand our other podcasts, please visit the ProAct Safety’s podcast website at: http://www.safetycultureexcellence.com. If you would like access to archived podcasts (older than 90 days – dating back to January 2008) please visit www.ProActSafety.com/Store. For more detailed strategies to achieve and sustain excellence in performance and culture, pick up a copy of our book, STEPS to Safety Culture Excellence, available through WILEY (publisher), Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

Have a great week!

Shawn M. Galloway ProAct Safety, Inc

Tags: Organizational Safety Culture · Safety Culture Excellence Conference · Articles · Safety Culture/BBS Workshops · Leading Safety · Safety Culture Assessment · Safety Culture and Performance Excellence Strategy · Safety Culture Excellence · Safety Culture Excellence Workshop

287 - Using Near-Miss Data For Successful Loss Control - A ProAct Safety Workshop

April 29th, 2013 · Comments

Using incident data to improve safety is nothing new. However, when the goal is attained and your accident data starts to lose its statistical significance, what can be done? Near-miss data can help fill in gaps left by dwindling incident rates, and provide clear information with which to focus. But near-miss data is problematic to gather and often misinterpreted. Learn how to avoid common problems and take an important step toward more proactive safety metrics.

Learn to: • Achieve accurate near-miss reporting • Determine the most effective accident prevention strategies • Use your data to its fullest potential • Develop a standard term and definition for a near-miss • Review examples of the best reporting systems and forms in safety • Enhance motivators and reduce demotivators that impact reporting

For more information contact ProAct Safety at 936.273.8700 or info (at) ProActSafety.com

Shawn M. Galloway ProAct Safety www.ProActSafety.com www.SafetyCultureExcellence.com


Tags: Videos · Safety Culture/BBS Workshops · Safety Culture and Performance Excellence Strategy · Near-Miss

285 - The Transformational Leader - A ProAct Safety Workshop

April 15th, 2013 · Comments

Health, Safety, and Environmental (HSE) professionals face an increasing challenge, one that intensifies with each new hypercompetitive priority. It is little wonder why organizations strive to move safety from a priority to a value. To create these shared values within an organization, they must be reinforced at or near the point of decision. In principle, this always holds true. In practice, accomplishing this grows increasing difficult.

Simply stating that safety is a value at an increasing frequency and passion does not make it so. The successful HSE leader of tomorrow cannot simply work towards value creation; they must become a transformational leader.

Key Issues Addressed During Workshop • The challenges facing future HSE leaders • Redefining safety excellence • Transformational opportunities for further cultural and performance improvement for organizations already leading in safety efforts • Best practices of top performing organizations in safety and operational excellence • Strategies to self-diagnose for transformational opportunities within your organization that will put you onto the path to safety excellence • Proven elements of the safety culture excellence model and behavior of the best companies to sustain this desirable goal • How to engage employees in safety, solicit discretional effort, and create a workplace culture that is committed to sustaining safety excellence • Updated safety models and approaches that have resulted in millions of annualized savings • A review of the better practices of excellence cultures • A review of the elements of Safety Culture Excellence®

For more information contact ProAct Safety at 936.273.8700 or info (at) ProActSafety.com

For more detailed strategies to achieve and sustain excellence in performance and culture, pick up a copy of our book, STEPS to Safety Culture Excellence, available through WILEY (publisher), Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

Shawn M. Galloway ProAct Safety www.ProActSafety.com


Tags: Safety Management · Organizational Safety Culture · Performance Management · Change Management · Videos · Safety Culture/BBS Workshops · Leading Safety · Safety Culture and Performance Excellence Strategy · Safety Culture Excellence · Safety Excellence Strategy · Safety Culture Excellence Workshop

283 - Safety Metrics 101 - A ProAct Safety Workshop

April 1st, 2013 · Comments

What is the best measure of safety performance? Is it the traditional recordable rate, severity rate, cost of accidents, near-miss numbers, physical audit scores, behavioral observations, percent safe, or perception surveys? The best answer may be "All of the above."

Achieving safety excellence has taught us that most safety executives are not getting the results they want because they are not measuring what they want. Moreover, it is easy to forget that sometimes an imprecise measurement of the right thing is better than a precise measurement of the wrong thing.

This enlightening workshop explores the misconceptions that currently hinder the best and brightest safety leaders from achieving and sustaining measurable safety excellence. Gain insight into a better-practices approach to safety measurements currently being utilized by many of the best in safety.

Learning Objectives: • Learn how to measure what is important in safety • Move from lagging to leading indicators • Evolve from leading to transformative indicators • Learn how the current measurements demotivate discretional performance • Learn how to use transformational measurements to motivate performance • Learn how to measure and manage performance, rather than results • Principles of effective measurement systems • A conceptual overview of a Balanced Scorecard for Safety Metrics

For more information contact ProAct Safety at 936.273.8700 or info (at) ProActSafety.com

For more detailed strategies to achieve and sustain excellence in performance and culture, pick up a copy of our book, STEPS to Safety Culture Excellence, available through WILEY (publisher), Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

Shawn M. Galloway ProAct Safety www.ProActSafety.com


Tags: Safety Management · Safety Measurement · Performance Management · Videos · Safety Culture/BBS Workshops · Safety Culture and Performance Excellence Strategy · Safety Excellence Strategy · Safety Culture Excellence Workshop

281 - Safety Committee Development - A ProAct Safety Workshop

March 18th, 2013 · Comments

This workshop will focus on the attributes that are needed to form a successful Safety Committee.   It will also help explore what the Safety Committee will be responsible for to create and sustain a successful safety program. The objectives for this workshop include: 1. Develop a focus on transformational opportunities. 2. Teach the team how to accomplish a Transformational Pareto Analysis that identifies the significant few behavioral and variable leverage points for safety improvement. 3. Develop the committee's capability to focus, develop and prioritize action plans and effectively communicate status and success of efforts. 4. Help the committee to discovery-learn the most important items to focus on and develop ownership needed in a behavioral approach to safety. 5. Create a culturally-shared perception that the site safety committee is successful and worthy of volunteer effort. 6. Create a successful committee that prompts other employees to seek out opportunities to become involved. 7. Create a sense of self-accountability among the team for what they need to do to create the desirable results. 8. Create a team capable of driving internally-led change that produces a significant reduction in incident rates and exposure to risk, but also increases shared-ownership for safety excellence.

For more information contact ProAct Safety at 936.273.8700 or info (at) ProActSafety.com

For more detailed strategies to achieve and sustain excellence in performance and culture, pick up a copy of our book, STEPS to Safety Culture Excellence, available through WILEY (publisher), Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

Shawn M. Galloway ProAct Safety www.ProActSafety.com


Tags: Employee Involvement · Videos · Safety Culture/BBS Workshops · Teams and Committees

271 - Behavior-Based Safety 101: A ProAct Safety Workshop

January 7th, 2013 · Comments

This session is designed to be an introduction to the rationale and practice of BBS for newcomers and a thorough review for participants at the workforce and management levels.

The supporting roles of management and supervisors will be discussed. The support roles in BBS are less active than the participants' roles, yet more critical for success and sustainability. In addition to understanding what BBS is and how it works, managers and supervisors need to know the rationale for having a process and the strategies for ensuring it is successful.

Being well grounded in the principles and practices is a basic need for success to both those who are implementing or renewing BBS processes. The course will cover every major facet of BBS including the following:

  • The philosophy and science behind BBS
  • The rationale and ROI (return on investment) of BBS
  • What leads to union resistance and how to involve unions for support
  • Selection criteria and functions of a BBS Steering Team/Committee
  • Time-away-from-work requirements of Steering Team members and Observers
  • Key roles, responsibilities and expectations (RREs) of those participating in the process
  • Manager's and Supervisor's support roles
  • The responsibilities and benefits of employees in a BBS environment
  • Start-up cycles for BBS from implementation to maturity
  • How to communicate BBS to the workforce
  • Support and resources needed by the process to ensure success
  • How to posture BBS in relation to other safety efforts and programs
  • How BBS impacts safety culture and how to utilize BBS as a safety culture building tool
  • How to keep the process results oriented
  • How to guarantee process sustainability
  • How to refresh and renew an existing BBS process
  • Attendees will be thoroughly versed on the basics of BBS to either return to a project or attend the Annual BBS Conference with purpose and focus.

For more information contact ProAct Safety at 936.273.8700 or info (at) ProActSafety.com

Shawn M. Galloway

ProAct Safety

www.ProActSafety.com

www.SafetyCultureExcellence.com

For more information contact ProAct Safety at 936.273.8700 or info (at) ProActSafety.com

Shawn M. Galloway

ProAct Safety

www.ProActSafety.com

www.SafetyCultureExcellence.com


Tags: Behavior Based Safety · Lean Behavior-Based Safety · Videos · Safety Culture/BBS Workshops · Behavioral Quality · Behavior-Based Quality · Unions and Behavior-Based Safety · Behavior-Based Safety Software · Behaviour-Based Safety · Behavior Science · Safety Culture Excellence Workshop

269 - Assessing Your Safety Culture - A ProAct Safety Workshop

December 24th, 2012 · Comments

As a leader, you may have heard someone at your company say something like the following - usually after an accident or near-miss: "We need to improve our safety culture." The problem is, a "safety culture" isn't something you can just pick up like a new batch of hard hats or ear plugs. It's something that needs to run deeply through your organization at all levels - something that goes beyond mere lip service and inspirational "safety first" posters. So how do you go about getting, or improving, a true culture of safety at your workplace? In this workshop you'll learn how.

For more information contact ProAct Safety at 936.273.8700 or info (at) ProActSafety.com

Shawn M. Galloway

ProAct Safety

www.ProActSafety.com

www.SafetyCultureExcellence.com


Tags: Safety Management · Safety Measurement · Organizational Safety Culture · Videos · Safety Culture/BBS Workshops · Safety Culture Assessment · Safety Culture and Performance Excellence Strategy · Safety Culture Excellence

267 - Advanced Cultural and Behavioral Tactics - A ProAct Safety Workshop

December 10th, 2012 · Comments

Use the latest Behavior-Based Safety Technologies for spearheading safety process improvement, borrowing proven techniques from Lean Manufacturing, Six Sigma, and experiences from over 1,500 successful implementations.

Create a customized plan to assess and improve site and/or organizational safety culture. Common myths about safety culture will be dispelled and a good working definition will be developed to empower understanding and customization. Assessment methodologies will be discussed and compared and each participant will see how to best determine the cultural strengths and improvement opportunities.

Based on the assessment findings, plans will be formulated to find the most practical and effective strategies to build on cultural strengths and address weaknesses. Opportunities will be investigated to utilize other site improvement initiatives to aid in the cultural improvement plans. All plans will conclude with measurement strategies to ensure long-term change viability and early identification of problems.

For more information contact ProAct Safety at 936.273.8700 or info (at) ProActSafety.com

Shawn M. Galloway

ProAct Safety

www.ProActSafety.com

www.SafetyCultureExcellence.com


Tags: Behavior Based Safety · Safety Management · Safety Measurement · Organizational Safety Culture · Safety Culture Excellence Conference · Lean Behavior-Based Safety · Videos · Safety Culture/BBS Workshops · Safety Culture Assessment · Behavioral Quality · Behavior-Based Quality · Behavior-Based Safety Software · Behaviour-Based Safety · Safety Culture and Performance Excellence Strategy · Safety Culture Excellence · Behavior Science · Leading Indicators for Safety

230 - The Transformational Leader: Establishing Cultural Excellence Workshop

March 26th, 2012 · Comments

Greetings everyone, I wanted to share with you a new workshop we have created to help you further improve your safety culture and performance and achieve safety culture excellence. To see the currently scheduled dates and locations around the world, please visit www.proactsafety.com and click on the events tab. If you would like information on a private workshop, seminar, keynote speech or consulting, contact us at info @ proactsafety.com This particular workshop is titled: The Transformational Leader: Establishing Cultural Excellence.

To register: http://proactsafety.com/events/transformational-leader

I hope to see you there!

Shawn M. Galloway

ProAct Safety, Inc.

Tags: Safety Management · Performance Management · Safety Culture/BBS Workshops · Public Events

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