Changing the Bet: The Safety Experience

“When you gamble with safety, you bet your life.”  Slogan on an industrial entrance mat The biggest obstacle to getting people to heed safety training is that unsafe behavior does not result in certain death. The problem with a safety slogan like, “When you gamble with safety, you bet your life,” is that most people, [...]

By |2019-10-03T14:19:21+00:00October 3rd, 2019|Training, Workplace Safety|0 Comments

Putting Safety First on the 4th

“As far as fireworks, it's very dangerous. You shouldn't play with them.” – Jason Pierre-Paul An American Tradition In the United States, the 4th of July holds a special place among our many holidays. The mere mention of the date evokes images of American flags, backyard cookouts, blistering heat, and overwhelming patriotism. Above all, however, [...]

By |2019-06-27T14:10:32+00:00June 27th, 2019|Current Events, Training|0 Comments

“It Won’t Happen to Me”: Why We Do Things We Know Are Unsafe

“Bad decisions made with good intentions, are still bad decisions.”  — James C. Collins When she was just 21 years old, Candace Carnahan lost her leg in a workplace incident.  One day, during her third summer working at a paper mill, Candace took a shortcut that she’d seen everyone else take hundreds of times before.  [...]

By |2019-05-02T12:32:11+00:00May 2nd, 2019|Training, Workplace Safety|0 Comments

An Incident? Don’t Recommend Training!

“It’s not how we make mistakes, but how we correct them that defines us.”  — Rachel Wolchin One of the most common recommendations made as a result of incident safety investigations is “improved training,” especially when the investigation concludes that the incident was the result of an error. It is not because training is so [...]

Do You Need a Hero? Emergency Action Plans

“Show me a hero and I’ll write you a tragedy.”  — F. Scott Fitzgerald Being a firefighter is about as safe as any typical job in the United States. Fighting house fires is safer.  Fighting industrial fires, on the other hand, is about as dangerous as the most dangerous jobs that are legal. The Dangers [...]

By |2019-02-14T14:32:40+00:00February 14th, 2019|Chemicals, PHA, Procedures, Training, Workplace Safety|0 Comments

Master the Box

“Constraints inspire creativity.”  — Christopher Isaac “Biz”Stone, co-founder of Twitter I once asked a young engineer if he knew where the phrase, “Think Outside the Box,” came from. “Taco Bell?” he replied tentatively. I asked a few of my other younger colleagues and to a person they had no idea where the phrase came from. As [...]

By |2018-12-15T17:20:41+00:00December 14th, 2018|Current Events, Training|1 Comment

Defeating Safety: 3 Reasons People Put Protective Devices Out of Commission and What to Do About Them

“When defeat comes, accept it as a signal that your plans are not sound, rebuild those plans, and set sail once more toward your coveted goal.”  —Napoleon Hill Ever found a fire door propped open? It won’t do much good that way, but studies have found that the probability of finding a fire door propped [...]

By |2018-08-16T13:53:40+00:00August 16th, 2018|Procedures, Training, Workplace Safety|0 Comments

The Changing of the Guard: What Millennial Engineers Need from Their Predecessors

“If you have knowledge, let others light their candles in it.”  Margaret Fuller I’ve always been fascinated with the Queen’s Guard.  My childhood cartoons were full of stoic soldiers in comically large hats and bright red coats.  As an adult, my appreciation is less about their wardrobe and more about their precision, professionalism and sense [...]

By |2018-05-24T13:07:41+00:00May 24th, 2018|Current Events, Training|0 Comments

Workplace Safety – The Road to Success

“If you put good people in bad systems, you get bad results. You have to water the flowers you want to grow.”  Stephen Covey When you think of workplace safety, what comes to mind?  We tend to associate safety with hardhats and safety glasses. However, workplace safety is influenced by factors beyond the proper use [...]

Man Down: Knowing When Someone is Hurt

“If knowledge can create problems, it is not through ignorance that we can solve them.”  Isaac Asimov We recently facilitated a Process Hazard Analysis (PHA) where the question came up, “What if there was a release and an operator was suddenly overcome? How would we know?” The PHA team considered several possible safeguards: rounds, radio [...]