EHSQ Community | Leading People Safely

This week Brian Fielkow and James T. Schultz discuss leading people safely through the business battlefield of safety. We invite you to join our Environmental, Health and Safety, and Quality professional community, and share your knowledge with other members.

  • Leading People Safely – The Webinar with member Brian Fielkow and James T. Schultz

  • Addressing Biggest Challenge in Building a Safety Program with Jake Thiessen

  • How to Implement an Effective Drug Testing Program in Your Workplace by member Nicky Gomez
  • Hazard Communication Cheat Sheet by Lynn Place

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Learnings from Safety Professionals: Issues Involved in the Gathering of Leading Indicators

In December, 2016, our EHSQ Community had several Leading Indicator Mastermind sessions with Dr Vince Marchesani and Tamara Parris to discuss the use of leading indicators in our community members industrial workplaces.

During our sessions we learned of the 56 participants, currently 34 members are collecting leading indicators as part of their safety data gathering efforts. Interestingly most people, 26 members, are using manual methods to collect their data. When asked, who do you share the data with the majority, 28 members, reported they share it at safety meetings with their whole team. Which we found surprising because in past conversations consultants often elude that this data is shared with the Executives who establish the policies and budget that guide safety programs.

During the two sessions we noticed four reoccurring conversational themes:

  • identifying strong leading indicators to monitor
  • collecting quality data
  • creating a “No Blame” work environment
  • value of incentive
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Symptoms vs. Systems: Are We Taking Safety Too Personally?

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In the US our fatality rate has been flat (total fatalities are actually up a bit the last couple of years) for a decade despite our incident rate’s steady decline to an all-time low.  In addition recent disasters such as the chemical exposure fatalities at La Port Texas, the Texas City Refinery explosion and the Deepwater Horizon have demonstrated serious weaknesses in how we are dealing with major risk – and, I think, safety overall.

How We Got Here

In 1931 Heinrich postulated that 88% of all accidents are the result of unsafe acts.  Prompted by the rise of behavioral safety in the 1980s many have accepted claims that unsafe acts are the cause of up to 98% of all incidents.  The safety profession, and the companies they represent, have largely embraced this view of workers as safety liabilities.  Thus many safety efforts are little more than stacks of procedures, … Read more...

EHSQ Community | Improve Safety

Happy New Year to everyone! I wanted to step back and take a moment to thank all our members who have helped grow our new EHSQ Professional Community over 2016. We now have just over 13,500 members. There have been many great contributions, online member events and discussions. In this edition we wanted to share a few great online events and resources from the end of 2016, and wish everyone the best for 2017. We invite you to join the discussion and share your knowledge with other members.

 

  • Professional Library collection of EHS reviews, summaries and discussions of professional books by member Carsten Busch

  • “Are we taking safety too personally?” Controlling Major Risks Through Systems Thinking recording with Jim Loud and Ron Gantt

  • Strengthening Worker Attention to Improve Safety and Operational Outcomes Webinar Amanda Wang Valentine
  • Issues Involved in the Gathering of Leading Indicators by Vince Marchesani

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The Case for EHSQ Integrated Management Systems

Have you ever wondered if there is a better way to manage your organization’s management systems using an Integrated Management System?  Silos and disparate systems should be a thing of the past.  Between the Quality Management System (QMS), Safety Management System (SMS), and Environmental Management System (EMS), there is abundant opportunity to eliminate inefficiency and duplication of activities especially in more complex organizations with multiple business units.


To learn more, watch this webinar hosted by ASQ (American Society for Quality) where Peter-Elias Alouche discusses:

  • The importance of the customer’s perspective
  • Why businesses should integrate their management systems
  • What is an EHSQ Integrated Management System anyways?
  • What are some of the opportunities to start integrating management systems today
  • The importance of culture

Whenever you assess or improve the effectiveness of your organization’s management system(s), you need to think about your customers and what they want. It’s easy to get caught up … Read more...

EHSQ Community | Personalizing Safety

We invite you to join our Environmental, Health and Safety, and Quality professional community. This week join our members Jim Loud and Ron Gantt as they discuss if we are “taking safety too personally?” We invite you to join the discussion and share your knowledge with other members.

  • “Are we taking safety too personally?” Controlling Major Risks Through Systems Thinking

  • Major Risk: Moving from Symptoms to Systems Thinking by Jim Loud

  • Using Leading Indicators In a Real Workplace (Session 2)
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EHSQ Community | Healthy Workplaces

We invite you to join our Environmental, Health and Safety, and Quality professional discussions. This week join our member Dr Vince Marchesani in our second Master Mind session on using Leading Indicators in our Workplaces. We invite you to join the discussion and share your knowledge with other members.

  • Mastermind Discussion | Using Leading Indicators In a Real Workplace (Session 2)

  • Creating Healthy Workplaces for Call Center Workers

  • Rules Relating to Board-Initiated Investigations – Rule
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EHSQ Community | Management Systems

We invite you to join our Environmental, Health and Safety, and Quality professional discussions. This week, join our members Ron Gantt and Jim Loud in their webinar: “Are we taking safety too personally?” Controlling Major Risks Through Systems Thinking. We invite you to join the discussion and share your knowledge with other members.

  • Environmental Testing Market to Progress at a Healthy CAGR in Coming Years
  • The Case for Integrated Management Systems Webcast with Peter-Elias Alouche

  • Implementation of the Nondiscrimination and Equal Opportunity Provisions of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act – Rule
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Enterprise Mobile Apps – Don’t Just Shrink the Screen

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Do you have a smart phone? I do, and chances are you do as well. In fact, research from Mary Meeker shows that today there are over $2.5 billion smartphone users around the world. Much like the internet before it smart phones and the rising use of mobile devices is a technology trend that is influencing many facets of our lives today, both personal and professional.

Over the last few years mobile has driven significant changes in how, where and when we use the internet. The internet’s initial value proposition of – all the world’s information available to anyone – has now become – all the world’s information available anywhere. This constant connectivity has impacted all areas of our lives, from how we navigate around town, to how we do our work, even to how we shop. In fact, earlier this year mobile use reached a very significant milestone. During … Read more...

Can EHS & Quality Live Happily Ever After?

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We do something quite unique at Intelex. We service both the safety and the quality needs of many organizations. As such I get a window into two critical, but often separate parts of an organization. I’m lucky to have had hundreds of conversations with our clients on the value and challenges of their safety and quality programs and in those discussions I often hear some common themes.

Conversations like this:

“Hi Mrs. Safety Pro, do you know how your company currently manages your product defects and non-conformances?”

“No clue, I was put on this planet to drive down incidents and keep my employees safe”

Fair. Can’t blame her. Here is another one:

“Mr. Quality Pro, how is your company taking a proactive approach to driving down occupational injuries in the work place?”

“To be honest, I have no idea, we simply cannot afford to have a recall on a product. Read more...