Safety Focus of the Week: Revisiting the 2012 Safety Re-Focus
We officially rolled out our 2012 Safety Re-Focus in May. The purpose of the re-focus was to reduce safety incidents, provide a safer work environment, and to reduce our workers compensation (W/C) premiums so that we can provide more competitive services to our clients. It appears that our re-focus is still active and has been reasonably successful.
This week, we should all be evaluating how well we’ve followed the re-focus and adjust our work practices as necessary to make sure we’re on track. The highlights of the re-focus are summarized below:
1. Better Manage Human Behavior Affect
- During a job interview, better screen for signs of potential problem behavior.
- Respond quickly and firmly to behavior problems once identified.
- Include Jobsite Behavior for safety topics throughout the year.
- Train our leaders to recognize, contain, and to better report problem behavior.
2. Further Develop the Corporate Culture Relative to Safety
- More frequently state our core mission statement and philosophy relative to safety.
- Make preplanning a core jobsite requirement.
- Continue weekly emails to develop our culture and broadcast our weekly safety focus.
3. Institute Specific Changes to PPE Requirements
- Minimum PPE on typical job sites shall now include: safety glasses and high-visibility clothing in addition to our current standard for hardhat and boots.
- Make better use of the Tailboards for selecting specific PPE to address identified risks.
- Increase the use of gloves during tasks where the worker could be cut or burned.
We would appreciate any input to the re-focus program, including comments, concerns, additional recommended points, etc.