The Emperor Has No Hard Hat – Still As Valid Today

10 Year Anniversary Sale!


He’s not only 10 years older…he’s ten years wiser!

It’s been 10 years since my first book “The Emperor Has No Hard Hat – Achieving REAL Workplace Safety Results” was published. It’s been quite a ride since the Globe and Mail was kind enough to recognize “The Emperor” by including my book on their Best Business Books of 2006 – Honourable Mention. I believe that’s the ONLY time the Globe & Mail has EVER included a Safety Management focused book on their Best Books list.

Over the past 10 years I have focused my work, consultancy and articles on my safety system model that was describe in “The Emperor.” My version of an “Integrated Safety Management System (ISMS)” has made some real changes to many companies and corporations and more importantly positively impacted how some people think and manage safety. Shifting the focus from preventing accidents to creating safety through measured activities gets improved results. Not only does this much more positive approach work; it feels better while we’re doing it.

Introduction to The Emperor & ISMS

ISMS is a live system, It’s not an audit, it’s not a prescriptive standard, it is a way of approaching your efforts to truly manage the critical Whats and Hows of your business to achieve REAL results. It’s really about how you run your business.
So it’s time to re-invigorate the things “The Emperor” learned about those Hows and Whats of managing safety. How leaders and managers can take their “commitment” and turn it into action that gets REAL safety results.

I hope you enjoy the adventures of The Emperor and consider the path he took to achieving real results. I can assure you that pathway is still as valid today now as it was then. Probably more so since the experience of many more corporations has demonstrated that Creating Safety is much more efficient and effective than preventing accidents.

For further info and some samples of The Emperor Has No Hard Hat – Achieving REAL Workplace Safety Results” content, click on the following excerpt titles:
Overview of ISM
ROI & Selling Safety

What others have said about The Emperor!
Review from Carsten Busch
My special thanks to Carsten Busch who took the time out of his busy schedule to read and review my books. I’ve come to know Carsten through our LinkedIn discussions and found him to be a wonderfully thought provoking Safety Professional. I highly recommend that you visit his website and, if you get a chance, join a discussion he’s involved in on LinkedIn. You’ll be better off because of it!

Globe & Mail Book Review

Changing Opinions

“For having lived long, I have experienced many instances of being obliged by better information, or fuller consideration, to change opinions even on important subjects, which I once thought right, but found to be otherwise.” – Benjamin Franklin

Dan Petersen on Accountability and Counting Accidents


The late Dan Petersen discussing perception surveys (asking questions throughout the organization about safety management) and why counting accidents is illogical when trying to measure the existence of safety.

Even more:




Prevention of Incidents VS Creating Safety

Prevention of Incidents VS Creating Safety

It’s a subtle but important difference. Prevention efforts focus on avoiding the negative. Creating Safety focuses on creating work which is done in a way that doesn’t take unnecessary risks and gets the job done.

Prevention relies on thinking that your experience/knowledge with past loss is important in predicting the future. It may NOT be. The one incident may never happen again. How much effort are you going to put into it to making sure what may never happen again never happens again? It could get very expensive.

Go to an airport security line and see “prevention” in action. Effective? Efficient? You decide…you’ll have time to think about it while your Grandmother takes off her shoes while you wait for your turn to put your belt in the plastic container.

Not all data is important:

Safety Perception Survey – Yes, you can conduct your own – Dennis Ryan

I just got off the phone with a good friend of mine, Dennis Ryan. His work in the area of Safety Perception Surveys is OUTSTANDING! I thought I’d share with the blog readers what I already know of my friend Dennis Ryan – This is BRILLIANT! Enjoy the read!

“A COMMON EXPRESSION IS, “If safety is not being measured, it is not being managed.” SH&E professionals know that one essential activity they perform is diagnosing the SH&E management system. They know that if they do not measure, they will not identify improvement opportunities and, therefore, cannot plan for future improvement. It follows that the measurement methods employed determine the value of the preventive information ultimately obtained.

Two common measurement tools in SH&E are incident statistics and program or system audits. While these measures provide improvement information, neither provides all of the information needed to achieve world-class safety. Incident statistics
are limited because they focus mainly on mistakes made. Program or system audits reveal information about hard factors such as compliance, inspections and investigations, but they fall short of measuring equally important softer factors such as employee satisfaction and management trust. Even combined, the measures do not identify all key factors needed to achieve world-class safety. Few companies achieve world-class safety when the measures they use reveal so little about how to achieve it.
This article describes the development and use of the safety perception survey, a measurement tool  that has proven useful in helping companies achieve safety improvement goals.”

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