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Safety Meeting Starters (SMS)for January 2012Happy New Year and Happy January! - - The theme of the 2013 Rose Bowl Parade was takenfrom Dr. Seuss, “Oh, the places you’ll go.” This year, our safety record and performance holdsthat opportunity…to go to great places. Think about a year without injury, a year without anemergency room visit, a year without a fatality. “The places we will go” depend, in part, oncontinuous communication and awareness, and Safety Meeting Starters can help you and yourteam with that goal. Each month, SMS is packed full of helpful and timely safety information tohelp you and your team identify and control hazards and raise safety awareness. Happy NewYear…and let’s go to great places in 2013.Safety Committees in 2013 - - Give your committee the tools needed forsuccess in the New Year. The Total Safety Committee Checklist—A Step-by-Step Handbook for Safety Committee Success!Don’t you wish that safety committees came with instructions? After all,our committees are major investments in time and resources, yet theyall too often fall short of expectations. Instructions, guidelines and tipsfor committees are scattered in procedures, sprinkled on the Internet,and scribbled on napkins…until now. The Total Safety CommitteeChecklist is your one-stop-shop for a month-by-month checklist of safetycommittee activities. Find both the basic ‘must do’ material for thosecommittees that are just getting started, as well as extra credit items for highly effectivecommittees. Safety committees finally have instructions!Price: $12.95 - - save $4.00 per book, use 84PBESHF discount codeTo Learn more or order click here; https://www.createspace.com/3421797Join us on Twitter! - - Why wait for SMS every month? Find tons of great safety news andarticles from the SafeStrat Twitter feed; https://twitter.com/Safestrat.Thanks again and pass this along. Remember, no one gets hurt today! God Bless, Matt. Matt Forck, CSP, JLW | www.safestrat.com | 573.999.7981
SMS-Powerful Information for a RESULTS driven safety culture! 3Safety Tidbits—the most information packed pages in safety!Quotes of the month, to begin 2013: Matt Forck | www.safestrat.com | (573) 999-7981 Safety Strategies…for LIFE!
SMS-Powerful Information for a RESULTS driven safety culture! 4Safety Articles of Interest:ESPN’s Hannah Storm set to return 3 weeks being burned in propane gas grillaccidentNEW YORK — ESPN anchor Hannah Storm will return to the air on New Year’s Day, exactly three weeksafter she was seriously burned in a propane gas grill accident at her home. Storm suffered second-degree burns on her chest and hands, and first-degree burns to her face and neck. She lost hereyebrows and eyelashes, and roughly half her hair.Storm will host ABC’s telecast of the 2013 Rose Parade on Tuesday. Her left hand will be bandaged andshe said viewers might notice a difference in her hair texture where extensions have been added. “I’m alittle nervous about things I used to take for granted,” she said by phone this weekend from Pasadena,Calif. “Little things like putting on makeup and even turning pages on my script.” The award-winningsportscaster and producer was preparing dinner outside her home in Connecticut on the night of Dec.11 when she noticed the flame on the grill had gone out. She turned off the gas and when she reignitedit “there was an explosion and a wall of fire came at me.” Matt Forck | www.safestrat.com | (573) 999-7981 Safety Strategies…for LIFE!
SMS-Powerful Information for a RESULTS driven safety culture! 5“It was like you see in a movie, it happened in a split-second,” she said. “A neighbor said he thought atree had fallen through the roof, it was that loud. It blew the doors off the grill.” With her left hand, shetore off her burning shirt. She tried to use another part of her shirt to extinguish the flames thatengulfed her head and chest, while yelling for help. Her 15-year-old daughter, Hannah, called 911 and acomputer technician who was working in the house grabbed some ice as Storm tried to cool the burns.Soon, police and rescue teams arrived at the house. Storm’s husband, NBC sportscaster Dan Hicks, alsohad returned home with another of the couple’s three daughters. As her mother was being treated, theyounger Hannah calmly said something that, days later, her mom could laugh about. “OK, Mommy, I’mgoing to do my homework now,” she said.Storm was taken by ambulance to the Trauma and Burn Center at Westchester Medical Center and wastreated for 24 hours. “I didn’t see my face until the next day and you wonder how it’s going to look,” shesaid. “I was pretty shocked. But my overarching thought was I’ve covered events with military memberswho have been through a lot worse than me, and they’ve come through. I kept thinking, ‘I can do this.I’m fortunate.’”Other than going to Christmas Eve Mass, Storm hadn’t been outside until her trip to California. ESPNreworked its anchor schedule while she was recovering, and NBC and the Golf Channel rearranged theirstaffing while Hicks attended to his wife. Storm is set to host her fifth Rose Parade, with some changes.She’s left-handed, and taking notes is almost impossible. Dressing and showering are challenges, too.Storm said that long before her accident, she’d been inspired by Iraq War veteran, actor and “DancingWith the Stars” winner J.R. Martinez, the grand marshal at last year’s parade. He was severely burned ina land mine accident while serving overseas. One attraction of this year’s parade that she was eager tosee — the Nurses’ Float, and she hoped to use that moment on air to thank everyone who had takencare of her.Storm wants to anchor “SportsCenter” in Bristol, Conn., next Sunday. After that, the Notre Dame alum isready to go in person to watch the No. 1 Irish play Alabama in the national championship game atMiami. She said the school reached out after hearing about her injuries and had been very supportive.“More than anything, I feel gratitude,” she said. “Something like this really makes you appreciateeverything you have, even the chance to wake up on New Year’s Day and do your job.”Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast,rewritten or redistributed.From the Twitter Feed - - why wait for the end of the month Safety Meeting Starters when youcan get near real time safety updates from my Twitter feed! Join today;https://twitter.com/Safestrat or @safestrat.Safety News from January: We’re nearing the end of National Drunk & Drugged Driving Prevention Month: RT to help prevent tragedies. #drivesober Matt Forck | www.safestrat.com | (573) 999-7981 Safety Strategies…for LIFE!
SMS-Powerful Information for a RESULTS driven safety culture! 6Im already thinking about some big presentations I have to deliver in 2013. Solid advicehere: http://www.fastcompany.com/3004119/presentations-half-long-twice-good …These 12 books have shaped not only the way we work this year, but how we think andthe conversations were having: http://www.fastcompany.com/3003283/best-business-books-2012-find-fulfillment-get-productive-and-create-healthy-habits …Key life- and career-lessons from people whove made it big http://s.hbr.org/WKUwWQNew OSHA Webpage on Preventing Backovers in Constructionhttp://1.usa.gov/TC8mMeA heads up for the electric-utility industry re: OSHAs Cranes & Derricks standardhttp://bit.ly/UFKcjMOSHA Investigating Worker Death at McWane Foundry | Business / Economy / Financial| FRONTLINE | PBS http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/business-economy-financial-crisis/osha-investigating-worker-death-at-mcwane-foundry/ … via@frontlinepbs2012 Look Back: Wyoming takes steps toward safer workplaces: http://bit.ly/RSLF7R via#Carbonmonoxide poisoning is a danger during #winterstorms. Stay warm safely. Don’tuse gas stove to heat home. http://go.usa.gov/gs4J #coWishing you, your family, team and organization a very blessed and SAFE Christmas andHoliday season.OSHA has launched a website addressing protection of workers during post-Sandycleanup and recovery efforts. There... http://fb.me/Bav8QXyBTemperature -40 at North Pole, AK Wind chill -58 F http://is.gd/coldstress NIOSH#safety info for #WorkingInCold anywhereAwesome RT @MattNorlander All other Connecticut police officers are bandingtogether so not one Newtown cop has to work Christmas Day.Its the first day of #winter - If you are #WorkingInCold review NIOSH tips & stay safeand healthy in frigid weather http://is.gd/coldstressFatal falls among older construction workers, roofs and ladders are particularly risky forolder construction workers http://tinyurl.com/d723zk4OSHA Investigation: Postal Service Failed to Protect Worker from Heathttp://on.fox4kc.com/4Sx2CIO Matt Forck | www.safestrat.com | (573) 999-7981 Safety Strategies…for LIFE!
SMS-Powerful Information for a RESULTS driven safety culture! 7 OSHA investigating fatality at factory | http://WIVB.com : http://www.wivb.com/dpp/news/new_york/osha-investigating-fatality-at- factory#.UNPRm-Xjp1I.twitter … Santa Please...Holiday Safety Message #constantcontact http://conta.cc/UrXyh5 Dumb Ways to Die. If you have not seen this, you are missing out. Great insights for engaging young workers; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJNR2EpS0jw … Claremont firm fined after workplace fatality | New Hampshire NEWS02 http://shar.es/hg0n6The Safety Notebook: Safety Duct Tape - - 72 minutes of safety material to recharge your batteries for only 99 cents! http://www.amazon.com/Safety-Duct- Tape/dp/B005Q2XQM6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=dmusic&qid=1319715328&sr=1-1 Keep Going for Safety - - http://www.utilityproducts.com/articles/print/volume-16/issue-2/safe-at- work/keep-going-for-safety.htmlGive your Safety Committee the Right Tools in 2013 - - Give yourcommittee the tools needed for success in the New Year. The Total Safety CommitteeChecklist—A Step-by-Step Handbook for Safety CommitteeSuccess!Don’t you wish that safety committees came with instructions? After all, ourcommittees are major investments in time and resources, yet they all toooften fall short of expectations. Instructions, guidelines and tips forcommittees are scattered in procedures, sprinkled on the Internet, andscribbled on napkins…until now. The Total Safety Committee Checklist isyour one-stop-shop for a month-by-month checklist of safety committeeactivities. Find both the basic ‘must do’ material for those committees thatare just getting started, as well as extra credit items for highly effectivecommittees. Safety committees finally have instructions!Price: $12.95 - - save $4.00 per book, use 84PBESHF discount codeTo Learn more or order click here; https://www.createspace.com/3421797 Matt Forck | www.safestrat.com | (573) 999-7981 Safety Strategies…for LIFE!
SMS-Powerful Information for a RESULTS driven safety culture! 8 SAI - - Safety Awareness Items (ideas to get raise your team’s awareness! Braille Card How Important is Eye Protection? (Hand out a card with this phrase typed in braille print). Brewed Tea Brew Some Safety Today. Bubbles Dont Blow Safety to the Wind. Bug Spray End Bad Habits. Bumper Stickers Can be printed with any number of slogans and messages. Bungee Cord Secure Loads or Dont Stretch the Rules. Business Card Have each employee’s name printed on a business card. Other information includes job title, “safest worker,” or job description, i.e. “safe production.” Butterfingers Positive Control, Dont Let Safety Slip Away. Calculator Safety Adds Up Exponentially. Calendar, pocket Safety is 24/7. Can Chicken Soup Safety Makes Everyone Feel Better. The Untapped Secret To Selling Safety -And 401½ Tangible Items Guaranteed To Help Make That Sale! - - How well do you sell safety? The truth is that we are at the mercy of our ability to sell, no matter how “tight” the presentation. Regardless of our education or the facts surrounding an issue, we are still in a position where we have to make the sale in order for a positive change to take place. And, the better we are at selling, the greater our results. The fact of the matter is that there are secrets to selling…even selling safety. One such previously untapped secret is revealed here and your safety results will never be the same! “Matt’s passion for safety continues to shine through as he drives to inspire us to be the best we can be” wrote Bill Dampf, safety professional with three decades of experience. “Through this latest effort, he provides us with hundreds of ways to promotesafety awareness to our employees. Although keeping our workers safe is always a challenge, this simpleapproach to helping us sell safety can be a tool that all of us can use.” Price: $8.99 - - AND use thisdiscount code to save $2..00 per book, B9F5UNDN. Order from this link;https://www.createspace.com/3421798. Matt Forck | www.safestrat.com | (573) 999-7981 Safety Strategies…for LIFE!
SMS-Powerful Information for a RESULTS driven safety culture! 9ISMA-Involved Safety Meeting ActivityActivity: What’s Missing?Estimated Time: 5 MinutesMaterials Needed: The attached sheet as an overhead or PowerPoint SlideReference materials: See ISMA below:The ISMA:Place sheet below on an overhead and ask one question: what is missing?The answer: nothing, this is the way it’s supposed to be. The only numbers intended tobe on this slide are the ones listed.The Take-a-ways:Too often, we try to change others or dig deep trying to find something that’s not there.Accept people for who they are. Use each person’s strengths to accomplish the team’sgoal. In safety each of us has strengths and talents that can contribute to the success ofthe organization, find and nurture those talents in others instead of putting things inwhere they were never intended.Let this also be a reminder of ‘blind spots.’ Everyone misses some detail from time totime…it takes the entire team to see the entire picture.Source; Activity source, Mark Towers, www.speakourseminars.com. Used withpermission. Matt Forck | www.safestrat.com | (573) 999-7981 Safety Strategies…for LIFE!
SMS-Powerful Information for a RESULTS driven safety culture! 10 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, 10. Want 101 ISMAs? Check out ISMA (Involved Safety Meeting Activities—101Ways to Get Your People In Involved! at Matt’s website; http://www.safestrat.com/review-and-order-safety-books/ Matt Forck | www.safestrat.com | (573) 999-7981 Safety Strategies…for LIFE!
SMS-Powerful Information for a RESULTS driven safety culture! 11SPOT-M –(Safety Picture of the Month) PPE?Double check your PPE…and make sure it is the ‘right’ PPE for the job.Choose in favor of your safety!Send me your safety picture…if we use them you get a FREE book! Send to Matt@SafeStrat.com. Matt Forck | www.safestrat.com | (573) 999-7981 Safety Strategies…for LIFE!
SMS-Powerful Information for a RESULTS driven safety culture! 12Tools for Pros!Safety Committees -A MAP for SuccessBy Matt Forck, CSP & JLWTo create real change within an organization, on must alter resources, values or procedures, thisaccording to Clayton M. Christensen author of the New York Times Bestseller, An Innovator’s Solution.To be successful, safety committees need sufficient time and budget (resources). The organization mustestablish a value base that fosters safety. But, once those are in place, we still need a means (procedure)to cultivate safety committee success.Finding the pot holes…In the past, safety committees have done as well as can be expected. We have asked them to set goalsin an attempt to ensure their proactive success and we have encouraged and supported these goals. Butin failing to offer a specific action plan we have asked our committees to ‘play ball’ without defining thefield. Imagine a baseball team attempting to ‘play’ without a defined field, a pitcher’s mound, homeplate, batter’s box, bases, fowl lines or assigned positions.A team can play hard but without a defined field it is hard to win. And, in the past our committees haveat times played hard, bringing awareness initiatives forward or offering fix-it solutions to issues. Yet,rarely does a committee stay focused and on task each month throughout a year. Often, instead ofbeing consistently proactive and awareness driven, they become reactive, engaged in few if any safetyawareness activities. Some fall into the trap of exhausting a great deal of time discussing items that arenot safety related. Most have a plan for a few months but few have a plan for each month. Many, in anattempt to do something, grab issues that should have already been addressed by management. And,management lets the committee have the issue, thankful that they are doing something. Again, ourcommittees are playing hard, they are just not sure of the ‘field.’A wise truth reads, "The arrow that hits the bulls eye is the result of a hundred misses." Our committeeshave shot many arrows, some hitting the bull’s eye and some falling short. Over the last few years, Ihave taken keen note of what arrows have hit and which ones missed. In so doing, I introduce the SafetyCommittee MAP (Monthly Awareness Plan), a strategy that will hit the bull’s-eye month after month.Begin the drive…To begin the MAP process, brainstorm using the following questions. Where are our workers takingshortcuts? What are we doing that gets us hurt? What safety rules are neglected? Which safety rules arethe most important? What does our peer observation data tell us? What training do we need this year?What needs does our community have? What holidays do we celebrate? Twenty minutes ofbrainstorming can produce a hundred or more possible themes.Pick your favorite twelve. These will be your safety themes for the year (one per month with a monthlytemplate provided below). You and the committee have the discretion to change a theme if needed butat least you have established your framework for the year. Matt Forck | www.safestrat.com | (573) 999-7981 Safety Strategies…for LIFE!
SMS-Powerful Information for a RESULTS driven safety culture! 13Shifting into gear…For each theme the committee should develop a MAP (Monthly Awareness Plan), each MAP shouldinclude the following.Two Safety Activities. A safety activity is something done outside of a safety meeting that bringsawareness to safety and your monthly theme. It might be a note taped to a locker, stickers or awarenessitems in trucks or at workstations etc.An Involved Safety Meeting Activity; which is a safety meeting that involves the entire group. It can be agame, activity or exercise that gets everyone involved. There are references that can help with this suchas the attached book, ISMA –101 Ways to Get Your People Involved, internet search using key words‘games trainers play’ or resources at libraries or book stores.An outside safety speaker. This is an individual from outside of the work group that can share his/herinsights on the monthly theme. It might be a subject matter expert from the community (police officer,doctor) or an individual from another part of the company.Distribute at least one type of safety educational material during the month; this is an item such as aquiz, cross word puzzle, word search or other educational game. It can be used during a safety meeting(or some other time) to educate the group on the monthly theme. These can be easily found on theInternet or created using inexpensive ‘word game’ software.Finally, hand out at least one safety trinket per month. A safety trinket is a tangible item that is given toemployees to bring continued awareness to the monthly safety theme. For example, a Crunch Candy Barcan be used to remind co-workers not to be caught in a ‘line of fire’ crunch.Once each have chosen at least two safety activities, an outside speaker, an involved safety meeting, aquiz and a trinket, assign responsibility for each to ensure the task is completed.Why unfold the MAP?The MAP concept does seven unbelievable things for your organization. The MAP shows caring. The softside of safety is about relationships. Our people don’t care what we know until they know we care.People know that you care when you are there for them, out front and visible. The MAP frameworkfosters caring and relationships.Involvement. So many committees have asked me in the past, how do I get my coworkers involved? Wetypically think someone is involvement when they come forward to deliver a safety meeting or write asafety quiz. Let’s face it, that doesn’t happen often. When following the MAP, everyone is involved.When I hand an employee a safety trinket or include him/her in an involved safety meeting activityhe/she just became involved in safety. And, involvement equals participation, which leads to ownershipthat equals results!The MAP fosters safety committee teamwork. Did you know that a Belgium Draft Horse could pull 8,000pounds by himself? If you team two horses together they can pull 18,000 pounds. If you train them towork as a team, they can pull 25,000 pounds. Too often, committees are lead by one or two individuals.The MAP engages the entire committee, in the end, making them more effective. The MAP keeps focus.Committees will be focused on their monthly activities and are more likely to divert concerns that can Matt Forck | www.safestrat.com | (573) 999-7981 Safety Strategies…for LIFE!
SMS-Powerful Information for a RESULTS driven safety culture! 14be handled outside of the committee to the proper parties. You can’t hit a target you can’t see but withthis plan you’ve defined your targets and your arrows, it’s a win/win.The MAP is HESA or High Energy Safety Awareness. ‘Reaction’ and ‘creation’ have the same eight letters.When you react you respond in the same fashion in which you have always responded. Yet when youcreate, you think before you act. Maintaining HESA makes our workers think, thus creating safesituations instead of reacting to old habits.The MAP communicates to the work group. When the committee is being reactive, the work groupoften doesn’t even know they exist because the committee is contributing nothing to safety. Whenfollowing the MAP framework there will be no doubt the committee is out-in-front and that workers areactively supporting the safety of their peers.The MAP changes behaviors in a ‘safer’ direction. Since the monthly themes are picked based on a highnumber of incidents in a certain area, past injuries or weak safety habits, these monthly activitiescontinue to encourage safe behavior, challenging and changing at-risk behavior.Driving Home Safe…Have you ever wondered why the white strip is painted on either edge of a narrow two-lane highway?Well, when oncoming headlights, fog, snow or rain blind a driver, all he needs to do is find and focus onthe white line. If the driver doesn’t have a focus, he can easily lose control and drive off of the road. If hefocuses on the yellow centerline, he can easily cross that line into on coming traffic. Although visibility ispoor and the driver can’t see ahead, he knows that continued long-term focus on the white line will gethim to his destination safely.The Safety Committee MAP (Monthly Action Plan) is our ‘saving’ white strip. Open the MAP and driveknowing that you are changing your safety culture, one MAP at a time.Matt Forck, CSP and JLW leads safety conferences, seminars and keynote presentations on safety’s mosturgent topics including leadership, accountability and cultural change. Matt has also published sevenbooks and dozens of articles. Contact Matt, learn about FREE resources or inquire about having Mattspeak at your next event through his website; www.thesafetysoul.org. Matt Forck | www.safestrat.com | (573) 999-7981 Safety Strategies…for LIFE!