In Measuring Safety Part 1, we reviewed the drawbacks of focusing solely on the measurement of safety outcomes absent understanding and tracking operational processes and events that are predictive of a safe workplace. In Part 2 of the series, we are going to dive deeper into the implications of this thinking by reviewing “Serious Injury Fatality” (SIF).
Serious Injury Fatality (SIF) – Breaking it down
The concept is not new. Workplace fatalities have been the object of preventive corporate policies and regulatory scrutiny for decades. Before my interview with Todd Conklin during Pre-accident podcast, however, I had only seen the abbreviation of “SIF” online.
Being an avid reader and learner, I began my Google search on the SIF-phenomenon which revealed many sources on the topic: White papers, several documents by Fred Manuele, and a YouTube video for learning on the subject. Though my search was not an … Read more...
This month our member Sarah Fuller shares a post about environmental assessments, while member Terry L Mathis shares views on Safety Excellence. We invite you to join our Environmental, Health and Safety, and Quality professional community, and share your knowledge with other members.
Getting Serious About Safety Excellence by Terry L Mathis
Short timelines for environmental assessments not working by member Sarah Fuller
Contractor Safety Beyond Compliance – Modeling OSHA’s recommended best practices for contractor management
Advertise your event on EHSQ Community for Free! by Tamara Parris
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This month our member Richard Rosera shares a post about the Chemical Safety Board, while member Vince Marchesani volunteers to host a Mastermind discussion to review Crisis Management Planning. We invite you to join our Environmental, Health and Safety, and Quality professional community, and share your knowledge with other members.
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The other day I received another self-praising message in my news-feed, one of Norway’s major construction contractors was celebrating their one year anniversary since their last lost time injury incident, making their LTIF now “Zero”.
While reading James Reason’s latest book, “Organisational Accidents Revisited” I noticed the quote: “The road to Hell is paved with falling LTI frequency rates”, illustrated by major cases like DWH and Texas City.
I believe it is good when no one has been injured as a consequence of their work. At the same time, this has again turned my attention to something which has been keeping me busy for many years;
why are people so focused on outcomes, when they mean so little in terms of improvement, especially in safety?
Obsessed About Outcomes
When an incident or accident happens, it’s generally the consequences that attract great attention. From a humanitarian and … Read more...
On January 18th, I sat down with EHSQ Community member, and Principal, Larry Coco, of ESH & Quality Consulting, to hear his thoughts on how leading indicators are transforming workplace safety in business. Over the last 30 years, Larry has managed ESHQ teams in the commercial nuclear industry with Westinghouse and on operations contractor teams at Department of Energy weapons production facilities and on nuclear/chemical waste clean-up sites. Site sizes varied from a few acres and plants with hundreds of thousands of square feet up to thousands of acres and many millions of square feet of work area. His EHSQ teams varied in size from 10 to 160 staff on larger government sites with thousands of workers.
Companies that experience the lowest lost-time and reportable injury rates are also the ones with high levels of management commitment and employee involvement. Larry coaches, “It is important that management demonstrates their … Read more...