If Safety Starts At The Top…Where Does It Finish?

We’ve all heard it. Most of us have said it and some of us have even said it more than once- “safety starts at the top!” It’s not a difficult concept to understand. If the management team at the top of the organization doesn’t place safety on their agenda and in their vision for the organization, it simply won’t get done. If this is the start of safety then let’s follow the path to the logical conclusion-where does safety finish? In other words, where does the real work of safety get done? Intention at the top of an organization will need to be supported by a lot of doing to actually make it a reality for the people performing the work.

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http://www.predictivesolutions.com/safetycary/if-safety-starts-at-the-topwhere-does-it-finish/

A Caution for Those Enamored by International Safety Standard Compliance Systems

There are some very important messages here about creativing VS compliance.

“Participation is not a choice. We have no choice but to invite people into the process of rethinking, redesigning, restructuring the organization. We ignore people’s need to participate at our own peril.”

“A second principle also derives from life’s need for participation: Life always reacts to directives, it never obeys them. It never matters how clear or visionary or important the message is. It can only elicit reactions, not straightforward compliance.”

http://www.margaretwheatley.com/articles/life.html

Once you’ve forced compliance with “the system” that’s been inflicted using historical “management systems”…you’ll need to evolve to the next level where the work process system is developed and breathes with the participation of the very people designing the process…the people doing the work.

Feel free to disagree…and then list ten CEOs who are rewarded because they have complied with last year’s “system”…well you probably could but they don’t work there any more. :O)

Novemeber Safety Results Newsletter –

http://www.safetyresults.ca/pdf/newsletter/NewsletterNOV12.pdf

CSA Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Canadian Workplace to be Published on November 7, 2012

http://www.workplacewire.ca/e-news-ohs_2012-10-18_EN_.pdf

 

Doctors Are More Dangerous Than Gun Owners: A Rejoinder to Error Counting – Sidney W. A. Dekker

Every Safety Professional should read and consider this article. Sidney Dekker offers this perspective on Counting Errors — http://tinyurl.com/9v4xp79

Thanks to Paul Nickel for aiming me to this article!