January 06 2019
By: Terry L. Mathis
I was recently interviewing employees at a site to determine how they could move to the next level in their safety culture and performance. It was evident on my way into the facility that security was entirely lacking, and in the interviews site security was on the top of everyone's minds. Having an excellent safety culture means that everyone is looking out for each other and collaboratively seeking continuous improvement opportunities. All that goes out the window when someone with ill intent wanders into the facility. Part of controlling a culture is controlling who is a part of it. That means open access and cultural excellence cannot coexist. There must be control of the population before the population can be moved toward excellent performance.
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.