Recorded on: Thursday February 21, 2013
Awareness of the causes of accidents can help management minimize the number and severity of incidents in the workplace.Every now and again a life altering accident happens in a dealership. Even one time is too many. Most often the “accidents” in and around dealerships involve cuts, scrapes, bruises, slips, trips and falls. Often managers say “Accidents happen—there is nothing to do about it”. Certainly accidents do happen. How often and the severity of the accidents is somewhat dependent on the awareness and mindfulness of management. The review of several accidents is a reminder of what can go wrong and how fast it can happen. Awareness of the causes of accidents can help management minimize the number and severity of incidents in the workplace. Establishing a culture of awareness does make a difference. When management decides a “Culture of Safety” is part of the core value of the company, safety happens. When management is mindful of the primary, easy to spot hazard areas and communicates this to the workforce, safety happen. If you do not care, “they” will not care. This is not difficult. The greatest hurtle is making an effort to be aware. Having a short list of items you care about improving and looking at these items. Over the period of a year, you will have a company with reduced accidents through manager awareness of what is going on and manager mindfulness to make sure unsafe behaviors are altered.
- Janet Wimmer Regulatory Analyst, KPA Janet Wimmer has been working in Safety and Environmental Regulations since the regulations began in the 70’s and 80’s. Having had a small recycling business that received the first EPA permit in Tennessee, she has suffered the pain of regulation while trying to keep a business afloat. She later started her own EHS Compliance Consulting company focusing on dealers. Dealing with the practical points of regulation and conveying these regulations clearly are her strong points.