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 – “The Worst Place To Work”

August 29, 2014 Dave Weber No Comments
Safety Awakening  –  “The Worst Place To Work”

  “The Worst Place To Work” – Over my 40-plus safety career I have worked for and with hundreds of manufacturing companies.  Generally speaking, the worst place for a safety professional to work is a small to medium-sized “private” company. “Public” companies (those owned by stock holders and traded on an exchange) on the other […]

Safety Awakening – “The Key To Safety”

August 22, 2014 Dave Weber No Comments
Safety Awakening  –  “The Key To Safety”

    “The Key To Safety” – I have four grown children.  When they were growing up I had one unbreakable rule that I drilled into their heads.  One rule that I would never allow to be broken.  One rule that if violated, there’d be hell to pay.  That simple rule was “do not drink […]

Safety Awakening – “Document Everything”

August 15, 2014 Dave Weber No Comments
Safety Awakening  –  “Document Everything”

  “Document Everything” – As a safety professional, at some point in your career you will be called upon to handle the investigation and management of a serious on-the-job accident.    Besides trying to identify and correct the root causes of the accident, you will also be responsible for mitigating your companies’ exposure to governmental fines and keeping […]

Safety Awakening – “Be A Problem Solver”

August 1, 2014 Dave Weber No Comments
Safety Awakening  –  “Be A Problem Solver”

  “Be A Problem Solver” – There are two types of safety professions – the problem “solver” type, and the problem “finder” type! The problem “finder” is also know as the enforcer or cop.  These folks are always out looking to find something wrong, kind of like they are playing a game of “gotcha”.   […]

Safety Awakening – “Some Accidents Are Not Preventable”

July 25, 2014 Dave Weber No Comments
Safety Awakening – “Some Accidents Are Not Preventable”

    “Some Accidents Are Not Preventable” – For years, many of us have heard an old saying that proclaims “all accidents are preventable”.  As safety professionals we’d like to believe that we control our own destiny and that accidents are indeed preventable. However, in my 40-plus year career, I have run into a number […]

Safety Awakening – “Manage Your Outside Inspectors”

July 18, 2014 Dave Weber No Comments
Safety Awakening – “Manage Your Outside Inspectors”

  “Manage Your Outside Inspectors” – Every company is subject to many and various outside inspectors who regularly visit their locations.  These inspectors are from the:  insurance company, fire department, government safety agencies (e.g. OSHA), and even the corporate headquarters. These many inspectors have great power and can: levy fines, increase insurance premiums or cancel your policy, […]

Safety Awakening – “Drugs & Alcohol Can Wreak Your Program”

July 11, 2014 Dave Weber No Comments
Safety Awakening – “Drugs & Alcohol Can Wreak Your Program”

  “Drugs & Alcohol Can Wreak Your Program” – There is an association between drug and alcohol use and workplace injuries.  The AIHA says –  “Drug or inappropriate alcohol use may simply be a marker of risk-taking behavior.  As a rule, men more frequently use drugs than do women. In addition, single people are more likely to […]

Safety Awakening – “You” Do Not Determine Your Company’s Safety Culture

June 27, 2014 Dave Weber No Comments
Safety Awakening – “You” Do Not Determine Your Company’s Safety Culture

  “You” Do Not Determine Your Company’s Safety Culture – A company’s safety culture is determined by its’ chief executive .   Does your CEO really care about safety?  The degree to which your CEO values safety is reflected in the responsibilities and accountabilities he (or she) establishes for the executives and managers.     A CEO […]

Safety Awakening – “Lead From The Front”

June 20, 2014 Dave Weber No Comments
Safety Awakening – “Lead From The Front”

  “Lead From The Front” – As a safety professional, you need to be a leader who is willing to do whatever you suggest your employees do.  Don’t approve (or supervise) a hazardous operation from your office – get out there on the front line and “lead from the front”. Don’t throw the employee into a […]

Safety Awakening – “Don’t Dress For Success”

June 13, 2014 Dave Weber No Comments
Safety Awakening – “Don’t Dress For Success”

  “Don’t Dress For Success” – The old saying goes – “don’t dress for the job you have, dress for the job that you want.”   While this might be good advice for other professions, when it comes to safety professionals, the opposite is true!     Early in my career, I was a consultant […]

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