4 Safety Secrets from 4 Safety Managers

Safety Secret #1:

                                       , Bob
Safety Manager
Let experienced workers train new workers
Many of our experienced workers are heading towards retirement, so it’s doubly important to give our younger, newer workers the tools and the know-how to keep themselves and those around them safe. That’s where our training program comes in. We created a group of veteran workers called the Metal Trades Council (MTC) Instructors to train our new hires.

The personal connection our newer workers feel to the MTC instructors is key to buy-in, information retention and increased safety throughout the facility. I feel like we have a higher rate of success with our training program because we have the employees running the program and the instruction. People are much more likely to listen to and take advice from a person who has worked alongside them than someone who has never lived it.

Safety Secret #2:

                                       , Dan
Safety Manager
Allow workers to put their PPE through hands-on training
We created a plan to reduce our injury rate by 50%. The company implemented Kiken Yochi Training (KYT), a Japanese inspired training plan that focuses on hazard (Kiken) and prediction (Yochi). I wanted to increase the effectiveness of KYT by promoting a hands-on approach to training, which I have found is the best method to prepare workers for what might happen on a shop floor. We put our employees through a series of exercises. Here are just a few:

    Dress for Success: In order to ensure our employees understand the importance and proper use of PPE, we asked workers to dress a “Safety Man” with the appropriate PPE for their assigned application. This gave workers a chance to think through the on-the-job hazards and address them in a safe environment.
    Cut Above the Rest: We let workers test the difference between Kevlar gloves and a cotton glove by allowing them to cut through both materials with a razor and scissors. This let them feel first-hand the cut resistant properties of the materials and understand how the proper PPE is required to prevent lacerations.
    Hit the Ground Running: We gave workers a hammer and asked them to test the strength of a steel-toed shoe. This exercise helps members “feel” the difference a steel-toed shoe makes and understand the importance of this safety equipment.

Safety Secret #3:

                                       , Jason
Safety Manager
Maintenance & IT
Allow workers to take home their PPE
We encourage our workers to take their PPE home with them so they can implement their safety training outside of work. We are proud to have so many employees who take safety seriously in all aspects of their lives. We had an employee who experienced a laceration incident at home. He was wearing his PPE when it happened and it saved him from what would have been a severed finger. While he has always known that the proper PPE is key to staying safe and in one piece, he says he’s a true believer now. That experience helped reinforce for him the importance of the proper safety equipment. After all, gloves are cheaper than stitches!

Safety Secret #4:

                                       , Ric
Safety Manager
Use an incentive program to increase awareness and adherence to regulations
In addition to ensuring that every worker has the best PPE to protect against cuts and lacerations, we also have to guarantee that the products we produce will be safe and contaminant-free for end users. To help awareness and adherence to regulations, we created an incentive program called, Safety Sightings. Workers are asked to report hazards and potential hazards as soon as they become aware of them. The more safety hazards a worker reports, the more rewards they earn. Each quarter a new member is awarded a special parking spot and a gift card based on their accumulated safety sightings. This has been a great way to get our workers involved in safety.


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