Over the years, our founder has been asked a variation of the same question when it comes to workplace safety:
What’s the secret to successful workplace safety?
We feel the overall success factor is getting supervisors and employees to engage in their own safety. When they do, safety performance can skyrocket.
Here’s the problem though
Many organizations are terrible at engaging their employees in safety when we arrive 0n-scene. Their safety efforts turn away employees instead of drawing them in to engage.
Truthfully, most employees could care less about an injury rate graph, compliance, or dollars paid for workers’ compensation insurance. These factors fail to motivate employees.
Here is what they really care about
What really motivates employees is THEMSELVES!
A another success factor for workplace safety implementation is finding one dependent variable employees, the safety department, operations managers, and leaders can rally towards. It’s not a low injury rate or compliance.
With our clients, we change the one dependent variable to a Safety Margin for a work task.
You’ve probably never heard of this dependent variable before, which we explain below. The Safety Margin for a work task is how we engage all organizational levels simultaneously impact their own safety performance.
When people can perform their task with a proper Safety Margin, then the organization can become adept at preventing accidents.
The Safety Margin is the most fundamental way to understand safety.
This safety concept applies to:
- A rocket going to the space station.
- A child riding a school bus.
- A patient getting cardiac bypass surgery.
- Firefighters knocking down a fire.
- Pilots and passengers on a flight.
The Safety Margin concept applies to employees making your product or providing your service.
When it comes to people’s safety, they care about a Safety Margin.