We all grimace when we hear about an accident when a special part of the male anatomy is involved.  Most would think it is a rare event, injuring one's penis, yet when OSHA has enough accidents for this injury type to have it's own "category" we should maybe pay attention...

With the sad revelations coming out of the Slag Tank catastrophe and having spent time with my Dad a couple of weekends ago A thought just popped in my head...   as a child my parents were constantly saying "I don't care what Johnny is doing" and "if Johnny jumped off a bridge would you?"   But as an adult I am teaching my kids the same principle- be true to your self and stay on the right path REGARDLESS of what others around you are doing.  But after reading the Teco article today it dawned on me... we have it ass-backwards in safety.  It seems that, regardless of our past experiences, we (as a company) will take risks because ... "everyone else is doing it like that".  

What am I?
I claim more injuries than any other force on earth
I am present in every single workplace on this planet earth
OSHA has standards to control me, but I am often ignored or overlooked
Every working adult is aware of my presence and strength
Without me, life as we know it would cease to exist
 
What am I?

As safety professionals we need to use terms from our profession CORRECTLY.  For example, "risk" is NOT the same as "hazard".  I think we can all agree that flying in an airplane at 30,000 feet at 500 mph, with 50,000 pounds of jet fuel is hazardous!  But these days on a commercial airliner it is the lowest "risk" means of travel available.  So just because something is hazardous does not mean it is automatically risky.  That is where we, safety professionals, come in - it is our role to make a hazardous task/activity LESS RISKY by using the hierarchy of controls, in the same spirit of how we have made commercial air travel SAFE.

It has taken me 25 years to diagnose it, but I have finally establish the "Delusional Safety Syndrome" (DSS).  It is the only mental illness known at this time that is actually contagious.  It is spread by close contact with an infected person.  It can lie dormant for years and the infected person can spread the disease before they even recognize they are ill.  Some symptoms include:

As part of their Industrial Safety Ordinance Contra Costa County, CA developed a VERY NICE safety culture survey.  It is a requirement for CalARP facilities, but just a GREAT RESOURCE for the rest of us.  Check it out Attachment E: Safety Culture Assessment (PDF).  You may have some work to do to get it in a manageable format, but the content is WORLD-CLASS and it is FREE!

Industrial Safety Ordinance
Industrial Safety Ordinance
Industrial Safety Ordinance
 
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