Archives for July 2012

Are You Building A Safety Competency — Or Just Training?

Last issue we began looking at the proper role of training in the development process.  And there I stated the fact that training is not development, and no amount of training can build a safety competency. A competency is a combination of skills, knowledge and abilities.  A training class can impart rote knowledge, a change […]

Fire Dangers: Fire Walking, Snake Handling and Kool-Aid Drinking

This news is a few days old by now, but it still screams for comment due to its obvious relationship to fire dangers. For those who have not heard, nearly two dozen people suffered severe burns at a “firewalking” event held by Tony Robbins, the noted “self-help guru.” According to a CBS News article, during […]

Development Management Myths: “They Need More Training”

Most of my professional life has been devoted to learning and development management and organizational change management.  I’m always struck by the ease with which managers reach for training as some sort of panacea to cure every ail. It’s a common mistake made every day by managers who seek to develop the skills of their […]

Ramifications of Work-Life Balance on Safety Performance

“Recent surveys have found that decreased work-family stress is related to reduced injury risk, and increased safety compliance and safety participation among workers.”  So writes Leslie Hammer, Ph.D., in a recent article for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Hammer continues by sketching […]

Tips for Safety Meeting Management

When leading any safety meeting it’s extremely important for purposes of engagement to stay front and center of your audience.  It’s fairly common in a toolbox or tailgate meeting setting for some of the attendees of that meeting to sit or stand in places to the side or even behind the meeting leader.