The US OSHA is having its annual Safe and Sound Week 8/15-8/21. Safe and Sound week is a nationwide event that recognizes the successes of workplace health and safety programs and offers information and ideas on how to keep America's workers safe. This week should be used to start safety initiatives, check on existing safety and health programs, and get workers to participate in safety activities. Sheldon gives you some ideas for this week. Also visit www.sheldonprimus.com/events to learn about 2 events happening in September.
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[00:00:17] spk_1: Welcome to the safety consultant podcast. I'm your house, Sheldon Primus. This is the podcast where I teach you the business of being a safety consultant and we talk about compliance, we talk about safety and health as a general practice every now and then we do some interviews, we had a couple of good interviews and right now we're actually gonna talk about safe and sound weak. OSHA actually has their annual safe and sound week is August 15 to the 21st. So I just kind of want to go over some of some tips for making a good safe and sound week. That's what I'll do today. So before I do that though, I have to tell you, I have two events that are coming up in September and I know that I want to give everyone enough time to plan and put it into a schedule and everything. One event is something that is near and dear to me, I've done it last year is the first time and I decided I'm going to do it every year. And that is safety consulting 101. So the idea to safety consultant 101 is uh just one full day, not even a full day, it's three hours. So uh last time we did it for four hours this time, we can do it for three because I know how to uh to make it where we could get the most of our time. But what we're doing is we're gonna uh just start from the basics the name of your consultancy. We're going to start from there. Getting your U. R. L. Meaning where you live on the internet, we're gonna look and break down how to get your perfect client, teach you how to write a proposal. And it's not just me lecturing, it's me going over things. I'll be showing you the proposals you have a workbook to work with and you will have access to these templates as well. So this is a foundation if you would for your career in your business and this is something you should be doing while you're still working for whoever you're working for, do this on your own, do it a little bit of the time. So we talked about everything how to do promotions and event coordination like it in my previous episode talk to view stuff and if you miss that one, go to Sheldon Primus dot com forward slash view stub and you can get a understanding of doing your own promotion. So in this session that we're going to have together a limited amount of people because I don't want to get too big. But in the session it is truly going to be, Are you ready to become a consultant? If so let's do this step by step by step and literally we go on to wherever your local agency is for setting your business up and we get information there and I give you the time to set it up right now. So that's what we're going to do for safety, consulting 101, this is for people who are ready for action. You're not sitting passively listening to me in this event, this is a workshop and you will be working so good. Sheldon Primus dot com for slash events. It's coming up in september and so um, it is going to be september 17th, gonna start at nine a.m. Central time. Gonna keep going until 12 p.m. Central time. And again, tickets are available at Children primary dot com forward slash events. The other thing, the other event I'm doing in september is with my business partner, Kevin. Yarbrough. Kevin spent on the show before. You guys have probably heard me talk about Yarbrough quite a bit, but he is ex OSHA was with the agency for 26 years and retired as the Assistant area director of OSHA. A lot of my understanding of ocean comes from my partnership and friendship with Kevin. So Kevin and I together we have a business called Shell road safety and we represent people who are in the US Ocean jurisdiction. So I got him to agree to speaking with me and we're going to do a whole like half day seminar and workshop on ocean compliance. We are calling it ocean compliance help. We're going to show you how to survive and thrive through an ocean audit, Ocean recordkeeping, understanding the CFR s decoding compliance letters and just regular tips again, like I just mentioned, I'm trying to keep size down so we could give you guys one on one if you're dealing with OSHA right now or you're one of these agencies or industries, I should say that has often ocean presence. You are going to just have all the information that you're going to need, uh, to give yourself a fighting start to stay on top through this hands on session that we're gonna be doing. So Again, it's going to be the OSHA compliance help event. And what you're gonna do is just get a Sheldon primus forward slash events and that's going to help you get to that one. Okay. So I just want to make sure that I give you guys those two things first. Uh, you can find it both in the same area, which is Sheldon primers dot com forward slash events go through that and uh see which one is best for you or doing both. That's okay. I'm good with that. So let's talk about what we're here to talk about, right? And that is going to be the safe and sound weak. Oh, you know what, I didn't give you guys the ocean appliance help dates. It's september 22nd, starting at nine a.m. Central time. So that is going to be the date 2nd September 22nd nine to 12. That's that's my sweet spot. That's when I'm awake. So starting at nine and we'll go until 12. Alright, so I, you're going to hear some clicking in the background because I'm literally on the OSHA website and just like we always tell you and we meeting me, I always tell you that if you're driving you're listening to this episode first and then when you're at home you're listening to it again and you could go click around and find everything that I'm giving to you online. So this is where you need to be OSHA dot Gov forward slash safety safe and sound weak. So they spell it out all in one uh phrase no hyphens or anything like that to to break up safe and sound weak. So it's OSHA dot gov for safe and sound weak. So when you get there this is the page that accompanies or should say it's a resource to help you when you're going to do these events at your location. To give you ideas. Also to give you a bunch of other just everyone around the globe actually is participating. So I'll give you a bunch of opportunities to participate during the week with different organizations. So what you're gonna do is you're gonna be able to sign up to participate for the event. You register for that and after that you can plan your promotion or you could actually um just attend so you can do both. Then after that you want to go back to the site and just record your participation because you will get a certificate and it's going to have the U. S. Department of Labor sticker right on there with your company and your organization's name on there too. And I'll show that you are part of this program and what you should do at that point, printed on some really good paper, put it in a nice little frame and stick it up on your wall. So that's a great thing to do. So one of the events or should say one of the things that they give you to support the event, it's going to be you're going to see tabs and again you're only doing this if you're at home and you're at your computer, one of the tabs is gonna say develop your program. So once you click on that you're gonna kinda get some ideas related to management, leadership, worker participation and how to fix and find hazards. So I am going to read to you the overview of what they mean by safe and sound weak and that is going to give you an idea before we get into some of these uh solutions. So here is what their uh their intent for safe and Sound week is. So for a safe sound week, if you were to click on the little button in the middle then the top toolbar that says safe and sound weak and in between develop your program, meet your spot supporters, you're going to see them telling you what it is. First it is a nationwide event held in august to recognize the success of workplace health and safety programs and offer information and ideas on how to keep America's workers safe. That's the technical thing they're telling you there and who to participate. They're looking to get everyone to participate now. So the idea is the heart of this is taking this week as something that you could open the conversation of how your workplace could incorporate safety better and getting workers and management to start working together for the of those ends. So this is a designated week that OSHA has helped us along just to ensure that these conversations get going. One of the things that's going to help you and that's the theme for this episode really is giving you tips to make this thing successful. Alright, so I don't know if I number these or not. I don't think I did. Uh I know I did now, I'm thinking about it. I did not number them. So let's do this without any numbers or gimmicks. I'm gonna give you some ideas. Talkin spitfire. So here's some ideas. 1st. This is a great opportunity for you to do a perception study of your safety. So I would do this on monday and uh it might be a little late if you didn't hear about safe and sound week before. So let's say at least by Wednesday. So what you're gonna do is get a perception survey and you're gonna try to perceive your workers feelings towards the current safety and health program. So you can ask him specifically about safety regarding uh, permit required confined space. You can ask him something about, uh, are the safety rules enforced evenly throughout the organization. Um, things like that. You want to really get some candid information about your program And do the exact same questions for all levels of your organization and with safe and sound week, you're going to try to get participation hopefully to a good 80%. And at that point now you're gonna be working with that data and it's going to be your baseline. Eventually that's going to help you because when you're going to do that perception study again later, you can see some of your intervention intervention methods have been working or not. And then you could bridge the gap between each level of your organization by this information. So if you have not started a program such as doing a gap analysis to figure out where everyone's perception of safety is versus the reality of safety, then now this is your opportunity to do it and safe and sound weak. Another thing you could introduce would be a good catch reporting. That's another thing that this week would be wonderful to start introducing having your workers go around and if they see a hazard to take care of it and write it down on some formal paperwork, don't give them a quota. Just let them do it on their own reason why you don't want to do a quota is because eventually if they have to get five in a week, good catch is you're going to get stuff like I walked and I could have tripped on my shoelace is you know that kind of ridiculous stuff like come on, that's not nervous, you're wasting my time. So don't give them a quota. What you want is them to find a hazard and take care of a hazard. So you might want to tear that. Maybe you find a hazard, you get a safety dollar. Uh And you could redeem those safety dollars or safety coins. Or I've even seen poker chips. One of my students uh this past week works and uh food processing, food production and they actually give out poker chips and for $5 chips and they could redeem those chips for the company. Um It's like a food place so you can actually eat in their cafeteria. So now you can get money towards the cafeteria, brilliant. So what if finding the hazard and taking the time writing it down, letting the safe department know is one of those chips fixing the hazard is the second one. So now not only are you encouraging finding hazard but fixing it. Oh she loves that stuff. So that's a great thing for the safe and sound week to introduce something like that. Another thing in the thought process that you could introduce for a safe and sound week. Uh Let's say this week, you might uh have your workers, everyone do like spot checks on things such as chemicals around the area so that you can now put into your has com program all the chemicals and truly list them out. So now this is a great time. Safe and sound week. Everyone's thinking about safety. Just start on monday giving them maybe a little scavenger hunt. If you would. So any unidentified chemicals you might want to see if you can employ people who want to volunteer to start helping you weed through that M. S. D. S. Which should be safety data sheet. Now S. Ds material safety data sheet has gone away now that we have G. H. S. Right? So maybe they could weed through some of those old material safety data sheets and switch them into safety data sheets and you can give them some reward for that. But at least management should give you some time for this during safe and sound weak. Right? That's our idea. Safe and sound weak should initiate new things or solidify existing things. Let's see maybe another thing and this might be for someone who is you didn't know about safe and sound weak but you want to participate right now. How about this? What about if your workers, you give them an opportunity to just open door policy for the week and even a drop box outside your door email system where now they could just report anything just nice open door policy. Tell me how we're doing, what's working, what's not working? If something were to happen, what do you think is a weak point? That is uh, just needs the right amount of pressure and it's gonna break. So have your workers start, you know, helping you out on things like that. So maybe just very simply safe and sound weak. Here's an amnesty from anything. Even if it's your behavior, just let's get this stuff right. Let's report this stuff and tell me how we're doing. Take some serious feedback during this time and use this to um to see what's working for you and see what needs to be changed. So that's the idea behind safe and sound week I gave you a few. So you get your your your mind going. So that's going to be the important thing is that you just get started, get started in this, make this week between august 15th august 21st 2022 that's safe and sound weak this year. Make this an area where you now to get safety to start taking precedent and maybe incorporate things that you're going to see progress and most of it should be worker participation. And then also you want to see management support. So whatever activities you're choosing, make those two things, your your priority. All right. Like to thank everybody for listening to the podcast Had a good time this week again, show the promised dot com forward slash events. You'll be able to see the events there and just poke around the website. Let me know what I did. Tell me what you like, what you don't like. And you're going to reach me at Sheldon at Sheldon Primus dot com. See, I try to make it easy for everyone if you know my name, you know how to reach me. Right, alright. Everybody have a wonderful safe and sound weak. Go get him.
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