Monthly Archives: April 2015

Who does the thinking for your frontline workers?

One of the recurring themes we’ve seen on this blog is that risk factors are sometimes dismissed by frontline workers, with potentially catastrophic results. In previous posts we’ve examined several factors that contribute to this phenomenon, including a culture of denial, groupthink and the minimization of warning signs.

To find out more about why this happens, we spoke with Yvonne Thompson, of Change Innovators. Continue reading

How to operationalize safety culture (and why it matters)

In this post we discuss how some organizations go beyond safety awareness and training, to create a safety culture that permeates every aspect of their operations.

One of the keys to establishing such a culture is to create built-in systems that promote safety at every stage of every process. Continue reading

Personal vs. process safety (part 2): safety within a complex process

In part one of this blog series, we talked with Cameron MacGillivray, Enform’s president and CEO, about personal safety. Cameron explained that personal safety involves the safety of individual workers. Process safety is about reducing the probability of potential catastrophic outcomes such as a well blowout or pipeline failure.

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Safety survivors (part 1): narrowly escaping a bear

No one ever expects to be seriously injured – whether they’re on or off the job. But, unfortunately, when safety protocols aren’t followed, incidents have a tendency to happen.

With this in mind, today we start our Safety survivors series, where we’ll be talking with workers who experienced the unthinkable and survived. And we’ll be learning how safety training and protocols could have helped protect them. Continue reading