Tag Archives: operationalizing safety culture

Safety survivors (part 4): reflections on a near-death experience

This is the fourth post in our Safety survivors series, in which we hear the stories of people who’ve lived through serious, work related incidents. Their stories of bravery and pain are a sharp reminder of the consequences of a breakdown in safety.

In 1995, Richard Allen was a pipelayer’s helper, working for the City of Victoria. On the morning of October 16, he headed into work as usual; with no suspicion that by lunchtime his life would be changed forever. Continue reading

The human side of safety: a break down in process safety ends a young life

In this human side of safety series, we’re going to meet some people who have lost loved ones in a workplace tragedy. Their stories provide a poignant reminder of the importance of safety culture and safety awareness in our industry. This week, we spoke with Arlene Vogler, who lost her son Jonathan in 2005…

When the doorbell rings at 5 a.m. and there’s a policeman standing there, it’s never a good thing. 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

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