Archive for August, 2016

People are more effectively motivated by positive reinforcement than with negative consequences. Positive reinforcement can be formal (reward, symbolic recognition, public recognition, etc.), but is often most effective when leaders see people doing things right.

Safety lives in conversation. The more people talk it, the more safety performance improves. Without effective communication, outcomes and success result from chance and luck. While luck is good, no operation should rely on luck to manage critical functions. This is true for safety and health management. One of the most important forms of communication […]

No safety system will be effective without a complimentary safety and organizational culture. Whether the culture is strong and positive depends on the degree to which management understands current characteristics, has a clear idea of what the future culture should look like— based on vision, values and strategy—and has a process to actively enhance the […]


Safety performance in mining operations appears to be on the upswing these days, with initiatives like CORESafety playing an integral role. The Mine Safety and Health Administration recently released statistics for 2015 that show a relatively significant number of mines operating last year without an injury or illness. Mining injuries are categorized by degrees, which indicate […]

An effective safety and health management system is designed to prevent incidents from occurring. However, until companies achieve consistent zero incident performance, and in light of the potential for uncontrollable factors such as earthquakes or heart attacks, a well-designed, trained and tested emergency management system is necessary. Good management plans can prevent a worsening of […]

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