“It’s Not What You Know or What You Do. It’s HOW You Do It. “
- Safety professionals lead from behind a desk.
- Safety leaders lead from the front and are visible in all work places and accessible to their people -they are the veritable “Tip of the spear” in the charge toward safety excellence.
- Safety professionals know the safety rules and regulations.
- Safety leaders know the safety rules and regulations and can be relied upon consistently to set a personal example of adherence to the rules—they are, in essence, “Poster Children” for wearing PPE and complying with all established policies and procedures.
- Safety professionals tell people what to do to comply with safety.
- Safety leaders demonstrate personal compliance with safety and never ask people to do things they wouldn’t or couldn’t do themselves in the first place.
- Safety professionals realize the importance of demonstrating competency and knowledge in managing resources.
- Safety leaders realize the importance of sharing competency and knowledge with others to develop their skills and never forget that people are their most valuable asset—they genuinely care about people.
- Safety professionals possess excellent speaking and writing abilities.
- Safety leaders possess excellent speaking and writing abilities but put a premium on being an active listener—they seek to understand before being understood.
- Safety professionals can be relied upon to make people accountable for safety.
- Safety leaders make people accountable for safety but can also be relied up to reward good behavior in the form of formal recognition or perhaps even a well-deserved pat on the back.
The list could go on, but have no doubt, there is a world of difference between a safety professional and a safety leader. The outcomes for the organization’s expectations and goals in pursuit of safety excellence will be determined not so much by what they know or do, but in HOW they do it.
STC’s Vision for Success
- Identify safety hazards and risks in the workplace
- Build and/or revise safety policies, programs & procedures
- Establish safety goals & objectives moving forward
- Put preventive & protective measures in place
- Communicate safety policies and procedures to organization
- Execute safety inspections/audits, training, meetings, investigations
- Monitor and measure safety activities
- Leverage technology for the trending and tracking of data
- Analyze results consistently
- Review safety results in comparison to set goals
- Hold people and divisions accountable (positive or negative)
- Improve overall plan and continue the cycle
As you can tell, this process is simplified to create a framework that gives way to continual improvement over time. STC Safety works with both leaders and employees to help build and sustain the safest working environment possible.