Importance of Leadership in Creating a Safety Culture
What you'll learn
- Develop a personal working definition for “Safety”
- Discuss why perception is important for the safety culture
- Identify ways you may be perceived in the organization
- Identify perceptions about safety and shaping those perceptions
- Integrate what you have learned into your safety management system
- There is no mandatory requirements to take this course.
- Basic understanding of safety management systems
Based on experience, in many cases, there may be a perception that the Safety Professional is responsible for all safety efforts in an organization. Sometimes the Safety Professional will tend to go day-by-day trying to change the culture of the organization without attempting to gain any respect or support from the Leadership team.
Unfortunately, in many organizations, the image of this safety position is a person who goes through the workplace looking for things that are wrong, can only quote regulations, and usually offers only two primary solutions, the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) or training or re-training. PPE and training are linked to promoting safety awareness, as the thinking is that PPE and training or re-training will solve all of the problems. Many times, PPE and training become the default solution. While PPE and training has its place, it is not the solution to all safety-related issues, as some may think. PPE and training are only one aspect of a sound safety management system.
In many cases, hazards that need to be addressed and resolved are sometimes overlooked, as it is clouded by the PPE and Training Issue as discussed.
This may be based on the formal job description or direct mandates from the leadership team as “Do it” with an implied stay out of our way!
A colleague has asked supervisors and managers over a number of years to define safety in supervisor training classes and presentations.
The definitions he received include:
Preventing accidents or injuries;
Freedom from harm or injury;
Being aware of your surroundings;
Not getting hurt;
It's number one;
Following procedures and rules;
It is a state of being;
Looking out for each other;
Complying with OSHA;
Going home the same way you came to work.
The issue of defining safety is still a major area of confusion.
Who this course is for:
- All member of Leadership Team
- Business managers
- Safety Professionals
- Quality Professionals
- Anyone interesting in learning about safety culture
I am an experienced Safety Professional with more than 50 + years in the safety arena with in-depth knowledge of the use of Social Media to help improve productivity.
My objective is to bring a fresh point of view and dimension to my chosen profession as a Safety Professional, complemented by this use of Social Media.
I welcome anyone to contact me with feedback and the exchange of ideas.
I am on a continuous journey and want to share my experiences and insights with you. I am an accomplished speaker, author, and writer; I develop and manage my website, which provides a resource network for small businesses.
Three of my most notable books include my newest book Safety Culture: An Innovative Leadership Approach, Developing an Effective Safety Culture: A Leadership Approach, and Job Hazard Analysis and A Guide for Voluntary Compliance and Beyond.
My additional expertise incorporates digital Curation tools methods, including mind mapping tools such as Docear, writing tools such as Scrivener, and presentation tools such as Prezi and Video Scribe. In addition, assist other professionals in developing blogs, automating information gathering and distribution, and WordPress website development.
Past board member and web designer of the Georgia Conference
Past President of the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) Georgia Chapter
Past Chair of the Gwinnett Safety Professionals, Computer Technology
Past Adjunct Professor at Lanier Tech, Safety Management Systems
Past Adjunct at Gwinnett college, Construction Safety
Past Adjunct Professor at Rinehart college, Computer Technology
Presenter at Georgia Tech., Hazard Waste Techniques
Full-Time Professor at Columbia Southern University, Safety Management Systems, Construction, Accident Prevention, and Lean Safety
Received management awards for efforts:
ASSE Georgia Chapter Safety Professional of the Year 1998-1999
Project Safe Georgia Safety Professional, 2008
Certified Inbound Marketing Professional and Educator,
Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Certified Registered Safety Professional (CRSP), Certified Instructional Trainer (CIT), and Certified 6 Sigma Black Belt, BS in Business Administration with a Masters in Safety Science.
Specialties: Safety Professional and Social Media, WordPress, Safety/Social Media Speaker