In November, the leaders of the United States and China, the two most powerful countries on Earth, will meet. President Trump and President Xi Jinping sit down together at a time of mounting tension over international trade and maritime boundaries.
This may be a good time to remind ourselves of the thing every country shares – Maritime safety. I am honored that Maritime Executive has published an essay I wrote on why that international commitment to safety is so important.
Please come participate in an open round table discussion on best practices for supervisor training at the next meeting of the ASSE Bayou Chapter at Nichols State College in Thibodaux, Louisiana on Friday, October 27th. I am honored to be facilitating the discussion on what we need to be teaching supervisors to help turn them into leaders.
In preparing our own supervisor leadership class, we found study-after-study that shows that, depending on what you teach supervisors, classes can help:
Reduce your recordables and cut disability claims by up to 47%.
Cut crew turnover by 40%.
Increase safety compliance by more than 25%.
So let’s put our heads together and see what works and what doesn’t when it comes to training supervisors. Think about inviting you HR colleagues as well.
The meeting will be held on Friday, October 27th at 11:30 a.m. in the student union building at Nichols State University in Thibodaux, LA. It is open to ASSE members and non-members are welcome. There is a $25 charge to help fund the chapter’s activities. Go to https://bayou.asse.org/ for registration information or contact me at email@example.com.
Sometimes it is hard to tell whether onsite supervisors help or hurt when it comes to worker injuries. One complaint I hear comes when they overreact and immediately send an injured employee to an emergency rooms, turning what should have been a simple first aid case into an expensive recordable injury.
Companies are spending more on training each year, more than $1200 per employee according to training industry surveys. But what do we spend it on? For many companies the biggest chunk goes to new hire orientation training and annual refresher compliance training. But smart companies know that is not where they get their biggest return on investment. It is in supervisor and manager training.
What’s the difference between management and leadership? MBA classes can debate that to death (believe me, I know first hand). If you run a safety department, it is something you should be asking yourself. Two of the biggest trends of the last few years have been the growth of safety management, as in safety management systems and Safety Leadership, as in, “Safety leadership starts at the top.” A lot of the time, we use the words interchangeably.
Nine months into the new administration and there is still no one named to head OSHA. To no one’s surprise the sub-agency is not rushing to put out new regulations. That is certainly what industry safety professionals suspected, but career managers at OSHA came right out and said it last week. Continue reading “With No Permanent Boss, OSHA Slooooows Down”
We have lived under the same OSHA regulations on silica exposure for 45 years, but all that changes this weekend when the agency begins enforcing its new silica rules. The first phase will apply to the construction industry, with general industry, maritime and fracking operations falling into place next June.
I had not seen a good plain English guide for volunteers who come into a hurricane area to do recovery work, so I combined a lot of OSHA and industry tips into one document: Hurricane crew safety.I hope it is helpful.
Here in Houston, people are starting to put their lives back together. With more than 185,000 homes damaged on the Gulf Coast, recovery will take a while. Now Irma threatens to impact thousands of people in Florida.