June 01 2020
By: Terry L. Mathis
Deming told us that if we cannot describe what we are doing as a process, we don't know what we are doing. If that is true, a lot of workers, as well as safety professionals and organizational leaders, don't know what they are doing.
Workers tend to think of safety as a set of steps to take without understanding deeply how the process works to either allow or prevent an accident. Additionally, some workers don't think their efforts have any impact on the outcomes. They think their fate is controlled by something outside themselves. Psychologists call this an external locus of control.
Getting workers truly engaged in safety is not simply a matter of getting them to participate in training or meetings. It is not simply getting them educated on rules and procedures. True engagement begins with an in-depth understanding of what safety is and the processes involved in making it work.
Terry Mathis, Founder and retired 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.