Awakenings

Wordsmyth.net defines awakening as a “coming to keen awareness”.

The below articles are “awakenings” Dave Weber (our founder) has realized during his 43 year safety career.

Archive for Awakenings

Safety Awakening – How To Make A Machine “Invisible” To Safety Inspectors

February 13, 2015 No Comments
Safety Awakening – How To Make A Machine “Invisible” To Safety Inspectors

How To Make A Machine “Invisible” To Safety Inspectors   OSHA suggests that if you find a dangerous or defective piece of equipment or machinery an acceptable method of addressing it is to either place either a “Do Not Use” or an Out Of Service” tag on it. Placing an Out Of Service tag on a piece […]

Safety Awakening – “Bulletin Board Etiquette”

February 6, 2015 No Comments
Safety Awakening – “Bulletin Board Etiquette”

“Bulletin Board Etiquette”   Safety bulletin boards are an effective and under-utilized way to communicate with employees.   Most employers have only one safety bulletin board.  When it comes to safety bulletin boards, most employers would benefit by having multiple boards.  Consider placing them: at the time clock in lunch rooms  near the tool room […]

Safety Awakening – “Employee Termination After An Accident”

January 30, 2015 No Comments
Safety Awakening – “Employee Termination After An Accident”

– For those of you in the USA, please remember that a company should be very careful before terminating any employee who has an open workers compensation claim.  Doing so could greatly increase the cost of the claim.  If you feel compelled to terminate an employee with an open WC claim, do so only after […]

Safety Awakening – “Don’t Hire Your Safety Problems”

January 16, 2015 No Comments
Safety Awakening – “Don’t Hire Your Safety Problems”

“Don’t Hire Your Safety Problems”   As a safety consultant, I’ve worked with thousands of employers.  One thing I’ve observed is that many companies “hire their safety problems”.     Oppressive Employers Employers who have low pay, offer few benefits, and treat their employees poorly don’t get many job applicants for their open positions because […]

Safety Awakening – “The Inverse Relationship Between Confidence & Competence”

January 9, 2015 No Comments
Safety Awakening – “The Inverse Relationship Between Confidence & Competence”

 “The Inverse Relationship Between Confidence & Competence”   There’s a big difference between being “competent” and having “confidence”. Over 40-years ago I was a newly minted college graduate with an advanced degree in occupational safety and health.  I was extremely confident, maybe even cocky.  I thought that I knew it all, and frankly, I looked […]

Safety Awakening – “All PPE Is Not Created Equal”

January 2, 2015 No Comments
Safety Awakening – “All PPE Is Not Created Equal”

“All PPE Is Not Created Equal” Some PPE (personal protective equipment) is high quality products that far exceed the minimum requirements of the applicable standard.  While other PPE are cheaply made foreign imports that fall well short of your county’s safety regulations.   Here are a few tips to consider when purchasing your PPE: Buy products from larger vendors […]

Safety Awakening – “What’s Wrong With Being The Safety Police?”

January 2, 2015 No Comments
Safety Awakening – “What’s Wrong With Being The Safety Police?”

I’ve heard many safety professionals proudly declare that – “I’m not the Safety Police!”. But what’s wrong with being the Safety Police? Police’s mere presence on the road is a visual reminder to follow safe driving rules. People never drive more safely than they are near a patrol car. What’s wrong with that? If a […]

Safety Awakening – “Feel Their Pain”

December 26, 2014 No Comments
Safety Awakening – “Feel Their Pain”

“Feel Their Pain”   – When Bill Clinton was President, he used to say in his speeches to the American public – “I feel your pain”.  This was his way of connecting with his audience, and showing them that he cared and had empathy for them and their problems.   Similarly, Safety Managers can use […]

Safety Awakening – Is The Safety Occupation A “Career” Or A “Calling”?

December 19, 2014 No Comments
Safety Awakening – Is The Safety Occupation A “Career” Or A “Calling”?

Is The Safety Occupation A “Career” Or A “Calling”? – Some choose a safety career because in college, safety is one of those degrees that does not require the completion of higher mathematics classes.  Many an aspiring engineer who couldn’t handle the math requirements chose safety instead.  A safety degree is easier to get then […]

Safety Awakening – Support “Accidental” Safety People

December 12, 2014 No Comments
Safety Awakening – Support “Accidental” Safety People

Support “Accidental” Safety People There are many more part-time safety people then full-time safety people.   I sometimes refer to part-time safety people as “accidental” safety people.  They did not choose safety as a career path, rather they were assigned safety responsibilities by their employer. Most full-time safety professionals have purposely chosen occupational safety and health as […]

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