Best Practices on Supervisor Training At The Next ASSE Bayou Chapter Meeting

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 for registration information or contact me at

How To Manage Worksite Injuries – New Training Added To Our Supervisory Leadership Class –

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.

Worse, they may under-react and ignore an injury.  Continue reading “How To Manage Worksite Injuries – New Training Added To Our Supervisory Leadership Class –”

Supervisor Training – The Training That Pays For Itself.

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.

A recent study looked at investments in supervisory training and how it turned around one company’s bottom line.  Researchers started a supervisory class at a U.S. hotel chain and then they measured the impact on the rest of the staff.   Here is what they found: Continue reading “Supervisor Training – The Training That Pays For Itself.”

Does Safety Management Get In The Way Of Safety Leadership?

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.

But it is important to understand the difference.   Continue reading “Does Safety Management Get In The Way Of Safety Leadership?”

Keeping Volunteers Safe During Hurricane Recovery Efforts

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.

Continue reading “Keeping Volunteers Safe During Hurricane Recovery Efforts”

What’s Going On With Offshore Safety?   Four Trends To Watch

In my last post I looked at the ways that the government agency overseeing offshore safety is addressing the challenge.  As a followup, here is a look at some of the trends impacting offshore safety.

The safety net is bumping into the bottom line in offshore oil and gas.  We are three years onto a truly savage downturn in prices and at least one Supermajor wonders if the phrase “lower for longer” should really be “lower forever.” Continue reading “What’s Going On With Offshore Safety?   Four Trends To Watch”

Offshore Oil & Gas Enforcement: Smarter, More Focused

The last decade has been a wild ride for offshore oil and gas in the Gulf of Mexico.   Macondo oil spill disaster.   Crash of oil prices.   New regulations like the Safety and Environmental Management (SEMS) rule.  Then there is decommissioning, a trend that which hasn’t gotten the attention it deserves.

It has been traumatic for industry, but it has also had a big impact on government regulators, who have gone through three name changes (MMS-to-BOEM-to-BSEE), four directors and a sea change in the way they do business.   So it is worth asking, how has BSEE – the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement – adapted. Continue reading “Offshore Oil & Gas Enforcement: Smarter, More Focused”