April 26 2021
By: Terry L. Mathis
All progress begins with thinking differently. Therefore, all safety professionals should regularly expose themselves to alternative sources of thinking about safety. Many subscribe to safety publications, attend safety conferences (online or in person), and/or watch or listen to safety blogs or podcasts. Social media also has some forums that are particularly beneficial in that they foster safety conversations rather than one-way information (or opinion) dumps.
Unfortunately, the flow of information often stops at the safety professional and is not shared up and down the organizational chart. Leaders and managers need to share new safety ideas and engage in safety conversations. Workers also need to expand their thinking about safety and have peer-to-peer communication regularly. Such practices can drive improvements to safety culture and inter-level relationships which can greatly facilitate excellent performance. Safety pro, don't let the new information stop at you!
Terry Mathis, Founder and CEO of ProAct Safety, has served as a consultant and advisor for top organizations the world over. A respected strategist and thought leader, Terry has authored five books, numerous articles, videos and blogs, and is known for his dynamic and engaging presentations. EHS Today has named him one of the '50 People Who Most Influenced EHS' four consecutive times. Business leaders and safety professionals seek Terry's practical insight and unique ability to introduce new perspectives that lead to real change.