Awakenings

Wordsmyth.net defines awakening as a “coming to keen awareness”.

The below articles are “awakenings” Dave Weber (our founder) has realized during his 43 year safety career.

Archive for Awakenings

Safety Awakening – “Who Needs A Safety Manual?”

May 7, 2018 Dave Weber No Comments
Safety Awakening – “Who Needs A Safety Manual?”

      Every large company that I’ve ever worked with has had a company safety manual. These manuals include the company’s: safety policy statement,  safety policies, safety rules, and sometimes even safety procedures.  But are these voluminous manuals really needed at medium and smaller sized companies? Yes, every employer should have some form of […]

Safety Awakening – Your Workplace Should Be “Kid-Free”

April 9, 2018 Dave Weber No Comments
Safety Awakening – Your Workplace Should Be “Kid-Free”

    Years ago I visited a large egg farm.  I was brought in to investigate a serious amputation accident that had occurred there a few days before. I found a huge building that housed thousands of chickens.  All of the chickens were confined in tiny cages.  I found a network of conveyors that was used […]

Safety Awakening – “Brothers In Safety Help Each Other”

March 7, 2018 Dave Weber No Comments
Safety Awakening – “Brothers In Safety Help Each Other”

“Brothers In Safety Help Each Other” – A few years ago I was the safety manager for a large, multi-location company.  We had numerous “internal” measures of our safety performance and we did a very good job in comparing our recent safety performance to our historical results.  However, we could not find any good data […]

Safety Awakening – The Donald Trump Of Safety

March 5, 2018 Dave Weber No Comments
Safety Awakening – The Donald Trump Of Safety

The Donald Trump Of Safety   Donald Trump tells it like it is!  There are two types of people who can be brutally honest – billionaires (like Mr. Trump) and retirees.  Both are financially secure and don’t care much about the consequences of not being PC (politically correct).   Retirees no longer have to worry about a […]

Safety Awakening – “Do We Still Need The ASSE?”

February 12, 2018 Dave Weber No Comments
Safety Awakening – “Do We Still Need The ASSE?”

    “Do We Still Need The ASSE?” – In today’s high-tech world, is there still a need for the nations oldest (est 1911) and largest safety organization?  Is the ASSE (American Society of Safety Engineers) a relic of the past, or are it’s best days still ahead? I was a professional member of the ASSE from […]

Safety Awakening – “Hazard Surveys vs Safety Inspections”

January 1, 2018 Dave Weber No Comments
Safety Awakening – “Hazard Surveys vs Safety Inspections”

  “Hazard Surveys vs Safety Inspections”   – Is there any difference between a “Hazard Survey” and a “Safety Inspection”?   I believe that there is. A “Safety Inspection” is a survey where one uses a checklist to evaluate a machine, process, or work environment.   Often these inspections are performed to both determine if […]

Safety Awakening – “Don’t Believe What You Read On The Internet”

September 1, 2015 Dave Weber No Comments
Safety Awakening  –  “Don’t Believe What You Read On The Internet”

  “Don’t Always Believe What You Read On The Internet” – Many practicing safety professionals spend much of their day on the Internet.  In addition to doing searches, we also visit  safety blogs and on-line safety magazines.   These are a great ways to stay on top of the latest developments and to find out […]

Safety Awakening – “My Safety Pet Peeves”

July 24, 2015 Dave Weber No Comments
Safety Awakening – “My Safety Pet Peeves”

    The Urban Dictionary defines a pet peeve as a “An irritating experience caused by others in which you cannot control“.  Here are a few of my safety pet peeves: OSHA in the USA has done much good, but unfortunately they will never reach their full potential because they are a “political organization” that […]

Safety Awakening – “It’s Time To Change The Safety Conference Format”

July 1, 2015 Dave Weber No Comments
Safety Awakening – “It’s Time To Change The Safety Conference Format”

    I’ve participated in state and national safety conferences for over 40 years.  Today’s safety conferences are not as effective as they were before the year 2,000! These days, conference attendees are often distracted by their mobile devices.  Some spend much of their time in conference presentations on their smart phones texting, surfing the net, […]

Safety Awakening – “Who’s On Your Mount Rushmore Of Safety?”

June 18, 2015 Dave Weber No Comments
Safety Awakening – “Who’s On Your Mount Rushmore Of Safety?”

    If someone decided to build a new Mount Rushmore National Memorial that featured the four greatest influences on occupational safety and health, whose faces would you like to see enshrined in stone for all time?  Below are my picks: Dan Petersen – is known as the father of modern safety management.  Dan was the first to […]

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