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Taking Control Of Workplace Safety


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This presentation was made by Phil La Duke at the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering in Quebec City, QC in September 2008, For more information on this topic contact Phil La Duke ( or visit

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Taking Control Of Workplace Safety

  1. 1. Taking Control of Workplace Safety Phil La Duke
  2. 2. Introduction Housekeeping Who Am I? What does it mean to take control of work place safety?
  3. 3. Provide Information Not Data Collect data that is meaningful to operations Analyze data and turn it into information Understand what Operations will do with the information Integrate safety data into process data Provide solutions and recommendations not questions
  4. 4. Advise Don’t Preach Help Operations to own safety by helping them to better understand safety Focus on prevention rather than correction. Don’t use scare tactics. Provide advice not lectures Understand that while safety may be most important, it’s not always urgent
  5. 5. Be Proactive Balanced Scorecard Approach Monthly Strategy Sessions Leading Indicators Analyze and Understand Safety Trends and Take Appropriate Action
  6. 6. Sample Scorecard
  7. 7. Leading Indicators
  8. 8. Trend Analysis: Injuries
  9. 9. Trend Analysis: Hazards Found
  10. 10. Trend Analysis: Hazards & Injuries
  11. 11. Understand Operations and Speak its Language Know Operations “hot buttons” Understand how injuries impact your organization’s key measurables Understand your organization’s business model Know---and be able to explain--- the costs of worker injuries Develop a Safety Business Plan
  12. 12. Sample Safety Business Plan
  13. 13. Determining Your Safety Philosophy Systems Oriented Behavior Oriented IndividualAccountability CorporateAccountability
  14. 14. Be A Change Agent Understand that resistance to change is biologically hard-wired. Make simple and incremental change Understand that organizations that are best able to adapt are most likely to survive and thrive Use safety to drive process improvements that positively impact your organization’s bottom line Focus on problem solving and process improvement
  15. 15. Be A Strategic Business Thinker Injuries are inefficient and cost money and productivity. Understanding the true cost of injuries. • Obvious costs • Hidden costs Guide the review and change of Policies to reflect changes in the business environment. Worker Safety Insurance Board (WSIB) Costs
  16. 16. Obvious Costs of Safety Insurance Premiums Lawsuits Fines
  17. 17. Hidden Costs of Safety Legal Fees Public Relations Fallout Disruption of Productivity Work Stoppages Turnover Lower Quality Property Damage Scrap
  18. 18. Conclusion The best way to take control of workplace safety is to understand your organization’s business model Modify your style to mesh with how Operations does business Be proactive Focusing on Problem Solving is a way to enhance both your reputation and value to the organization You must align your values with those of the company Questions?
  19. 19. Thank You!