Advances in safety theory are shifting our understanding of how workplace accidents occur, and directing our focus away from blaming worker behavior, and instead focusing on improving conditions, systems, and processes relevant to the work environment. Establishing effective safety and health goals to improve our systems is critical to maintaining my organization’s capacity to perform work in a safe manner. To accurately measure the level of safety within an organization, safety professionals need to record, measure, and analyze the activities that "create" safety on the shop floor. When injuries occur, we must embrace that failure, recognize the system weaknesses and identify meaningful and impactful ways to improve our safety systems and processes.
Presentation 716, “Goal Setting for Continuous Safety Improvement”, taking place Thursday, June 22, promises to provide a more simplified process to help participants establish goals for themselves utilizing the SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time bound) framework. Michael Flacker, CSP, CHST, ARM, will discuss how continuously improving our capacity to manage risk and prevent injury is critical to sustainable safety operations.