Category Archives: Safety Culture

Why stopping the job could be the safest thing to do

One of the topics we’ve explored on this blog is empowering workers to take responsibility for safety, and to think pro-actively about risks and hazards. In this post we’ll continue that theme by looking at what happens next. Continue reading

Safety survivors (part 3): fire survivor turned safety advocate

This is the third post in our Safety survivors series. By sharing the stories of people who have survived serious injuries, we hope to demonstrate the devastating consequences that can arise from small lapses in safety awareness.

This week we hear from Spencer Beach, Continue reading

Safety survivors (part 2): workplace incident changes a young life forever

In this Safety survivors series we’re hearing from people who’ve been seriously injured, both on and off the job. They’ve discovered, to their cost, how important it is to fully evaluate risks and take steps to mitigate them, and now they’re sharing their stories so others can learn from their experiences. Continue reading

How to use leading indicators to build safety

When it comes to creating a strong safety culture throughout an organization, one of the most common questions we hear is:

“how do we move beyond the good intentions of managers and get frontline workers to internalize safety culture?”

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Safety culture – a hot topic at the Executive Summit

On April 29th, senior leaders from the oil and gas industry attended the 5th annual Executive Summit on Safety. The event, hosted by Enform, provides a collaborative forum for executives to engage in meaningful discussion on the safety issues facing the industry.

The theme for this year’s Summit was safety culture, and the guest speaker was Peter Watson, chairman and CEO of the National Energy Board.

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How to lead safety culture from the top

There are many reasons why you want your organization to have a good safety culture. Practical ones include the legal ramifications and cost of incidents; and the fact that profitability and performance are higher in an incident-free workplace. More intrinsic reasons include the emotional and psychological effects on everyone involved when someone is injured.

In the following video, Cameron MacGillivray, Enform’s president and CEO, explains the role that company leaders and managers play in creating a good safety culture within their organizations: Continue reading

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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Personal vs. process safety (part 1): why safety starts with the individual

In this two-part series we’re going to look at the difference – and the connection – between personal safety and process safety. We’ll start by finding out what is meant by personal safety.

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