Develop New Year Safety and Occupational Habits

My favorite New Year’s resolution is to do less stupid stuff than I did last year. Seriously, each year about 50% of us in the United States will make a New Year’s resolutions. Some of the more common resolutions include losing weight, spending more time with family, saving more money, and taking time for you. How many of us will actually keep that resolution? Less than 10% actually keep their New Year’s resolution. This year I recommend making a Safety and Healthy New Year Habits, not resolutions. Here are some New Year Habits for the home:

  • I resolve to wear my seatbelt every time I am in a vehicle.
  • I resolve to put my child in an approved child safety seat before any vehicle trip.
  • I resolve to put all medicines and poisons in high cabinets or place child safety locks on cabinet doors.
  • I resolve to not drink and drive, even if I have to walk home.
  • I resolve to serve as the designated drivers whenever necessary to save a family member or friend’s life.
  • I resolve not to mow with sandals on.
  • I resolve to always wear hearing protection when mowing.

Here are some New Year Habits for work:

  • I resolve to wear personal protective equipment when required.
  • I resolve to speak up when I see a coworker performing unsafely.
  • I resolve to report unsafe and unhealthful working conditions to my supervisor.
  • I resolve to report all accidents to my supervisor.
  • I resolve to report all injuries to my supervisor.
  • I resolve to go home each day in the same condition I arrived at work.

Here are some New Year Habits for supervisors and managers:

  • I resolve to provide adequate personal protective equipment and training on its use to all my direct reports.
  • I resolve to take action to correct unsafe and unhealthy work conditions.
  • I resolve to investigate accidents and injuries to determine root cause.
  • I resolve to correct root causes found by accident investigations.
  • I resolve to send every employee reporting directly to me home each day in the same condition they arrived at work.

Maybe you have your own habits. Either way, if you would like to develop safety and occupational health habits in your workplace in 2016 I suggest you get the book “How to Build Work Teams Habits: Improve your Customer Experience, Increase Efficiency, and Enjoy Better Business Results” by Kyle Havill. This book effectively outlines the process to implement habit forming in teams. The book is very detailed and gives a lot of valuable information. Take this opportunity to make those new habits.

About Fred Fanning Author

Fred Fanning spent over 20 years in the safety profession. His final safety position was as the Director of Occupational Safety and Health for the U.S. Department of Commerce. He began writing in 1994, published his first book in 1998, and began writing professionally in 2015. He has authored and coauthored articles, written books, and chapters for technical books and stories for anthologies.
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