Should always be issued with the intent of benefitting your People from a Safety Standpoint.
If done correctly - it can be used to not only inspire your People to work Safely, but to reach out and get them engaged in your organizational Safety Process.
Safety Communications -- My Goal -- -- My Goal --
Coming from an Accounting background, coupled with the fact that I like to write - I use to issue lengthy Safety Communications to my People.
When I asked my folks what they thought of such Safety Communications - most told be that they did not have time to read it.
This fact taught me quickly that I had to learn how to maximize the “Safety Time” that was available to my Supervisors and my Workforce.
From this, I learned to issue condensed Safety Communications that could be read in passing or covered in a pre-shift Safety Meeting.
In addition, such communications included Safety Items or Actions that pertained to my folk’s everyday Work Life - with the ultimate goal of giving them a “Safety Takeaway” that they could benefit from.
The goal of this Safety Training Presentation - is to give you something to use and takeaway - that could benefit your Safety Communications.
Safety Communications --- What I Can Offer --- --- What I Can Offer ---
Know Your Audience
Know How / Where to Communicate Safety
Maximize Your Safety Time
Use Safety Pictures
Tailor to the Specific Aspects and Jobs of Your Workforce
Tailored Safety Communication - Example In Response to a Pinch Point Injury on our Shear - I went around the Shop and asked various People - what they did to prevent Pinch Point Injuries. Below is a summation of a Safety Communication that I distributed to my People - In Response to a Pinch Point Injury on our Shear - I went around the Shop and asked various People - what they did to prevent Pinch Point Injuries. Below is a summation of a Safety Communication that I distributed to my People - In Response to a Pinch Point Injury on our Shear - I went around the Shop and asked various People - what they did to prevent Pinch Point Injuries. Below is a summation of a Safety Communication that I distributed to my People -
“ Never place your Fingers / Hands under the Machine Guard.”
“ Be aware of any Metal Plate raising up and snapping down when it it sheared. Place your Hands accordingly.”
“ Whenever possible, use Tooling Fixtures to advance Material into the Shear.”
“ Know the Operational Rules of the Shear and follow them. If you have any questions regarding - then ask!”
“ When making adjustments to the Shear - make sure to Lock Out first in order to prevent any accidental startup.”
FABRICATORS QUESTION - How do you eliminate Pinch Point Injuries when using the Shear.
There are various ways to share external Safety Information with your People in ways that will benefit them -
One simple way is to either review a report, document, whatever - with your People or post it for them to read when they are able.
One of my favorite ways, is to review a Safety Incident with my People, then ask them -
How could the Safety Incident have happened?
Which of our Safety Rules would have applied to this Incident?
What would You have done to prevent it?
Chances are, the offerings that you receive from your People - will be worthy to share with others within your organization - so pass it on and continue to benefit the People in your organization.
The goal with Safety Communications - is to maximize the exposure to and impact on your People - that will improve their Safety on and off the job.
External Safety Info - My Example There are countless Safety Examples available to Learn from. OSHA - Weekly Fatality / Catastrophe Report Date Preliminary Description of Incident Safety Actions to Prevent - from Safety Leader or People 4/29/10 Worker was performing a repair on a hydraulic jack plate when the dock plate fell on the worker. * Never work under a suspended load without properly jacking. * Never work on equipment without applying proper LOTO. 4/27/10 Worker had cut the last band of strapping that was holding a bundle of pipe together. As Worker did so, the bundle of pipe shifted, crushing the Worker. * Always be prepared for the unexpected. * When handling material under tension, position your Body away from the direction the Material can move / fall. 4/26/10 Worker was fatally injured while overseeing a track maintenance group, when he came into contact with a high voltage rail. * Always know and be aware of the hazards in your workarea, and guard against them. * LOTO equipment and facilities, prior to working on them. * Never work on live Electrical sources and ensure they are disabled or protected against. 4/19/10 Worker fell when attempting to access a ladder after climbing on a rack, falling to the concrete below. * Always use approved T&E for climbing. * Always maintain 3-point contact when climbing or descending.
As a Safety Leader - you must establish a working Safety relationship with your People -
You provide them with Safety actions and communications of various forms that they can benefit from - and they will go to great lengths to meet organizational Safety Goals and be part of the organizational Safety process.
One action that can quickly derail your Safety Efforts - is for your to ignore or not act on Safety Items from your people.
Such items can include - their personal Safety Concerns, Suggestions and Recommendations, Safety Questions, and even their Safety Participation and Efforts.
As a Safety Leader - Learn from Others.....and Your People.
Learn from Your People - My Examples of Safety Communications
EMPLOYEE SAFETY SPOTLIGHTS : Our frontline People often come up with ways to improve the daily functions that they perform for their organization.
We took action to recognize such improvements - which can be referred to as “Best Practices” - which should be shared within the organization.
One way of sharing such is issuing “Employee Safety Spotlights” that not only describe their idea that others might benefit from - but gives them individual Safety Recognition too.
SAFETY HAZARD ABATEMENT LISTING : This listing was maintained at my organization and included all Safety Concerns that were raised to the Safety Leaders by our Workforce.
Such concerns were logged in an Excel worksheet that noted the following information - Employee Name, Date, Department, Safety Concern, Action Needed, Assigned To, Tentative Completion Date, Action Taken to Complete, and Completion Date.
This mechanism helped us to keep track of all Employee Safety Concerns raised and was our control to monitor their status for completion.
Listing Updates were also posted on Safety Boards - and covered with our People during their Monthly Safety Training.
With this action, we showed our People that we cared and listened to their Safety Concerns.
EMPLOYEE SAFETY SPOTLIGHT Lifting Magnet - Hammer Lock Mod Lifting Magnet - Hammer Lock Mod
One of the critical and everyday operations in the Fab Shop is the movement of Raw Steel type items from outside to inside the Fab Shop.
This is often done via an overhead bridge crane many times throughout the day, often by several different Fabricators.
Over the last few months and due to its high use, the Hammer Lock started to bind in the Lifting Hook pocket of the Lifting Magnet, which either hindered or prevented the Fabricators from using this Lifting Magnet properly.
Initial discussions on what to do centered on sending this Lifting Magnet out to be repaired and modified. The problem with sending it out was that the Fab Shop did not have a Backup to this Lifting Magnet, and therefore would negatively impact the safety and efficiency of lifting raw steel operations.
Once we started discussions on, Arturo Rico and Xavier Wynn started talking about what they could do to correct this situation. Through their efforts, they came up with an idea to “plug” the Lifting Hole that would keep the Hammer Lock firmly in place.
Their efforts of plugging the Lifting Hole corrected the situation, improved the Safety of those in the Fab Shop that use this Lifting Magnet, as well as saved Calpro money by not having to send out the Lifting Magnet for repair.
This is an Example of how a “Safety Spotlight” can be used. Through their brainstorming efforts, they both helped out their fellow Fabricators as well. Calpro wishes to Thank both Arturo and Xavier for not only improving the safety and efficiency of the Fab Shop, but Calpro as well.
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