Colin Duncan is CEO of global safety consulting firm BST. Duncan drives BST’s global strategy, corporate vision, and the innovation of new methodologies and approaches to deliver sustainable safety improvements to clients.
This month, Colin Duncan from DEKRA Insight, discusses how “personal wearable devices and mobile phones to equipment sensors and ‘smart’ machines – is rapidly changing the nature of our organizations and how we run them.”
The lone genius is a nice idea, but it isn’t real life. In real life, great visionaries are supported by a wide variety of people who help shape the ideas, build the processes, generate demand and deliver the outcomes.
During the recent Occupational Keynote at the 2014 NSC Congress & Expo, OSHA administrator David Michaels stirred up a little controversy when he said, “Just focusing on personal responsibility isn’t useful, and it isn’t the law.”
As safety leaders, we focus on helping our organizations become and stay safe. We strive to understand the exposures employees face and find ways of systematically reducing them. We pride ourselves on building cultures that won’t tolerate risk, and developing leaders who carry that mission forward every day.
As another year begins, safety leaders have much to be proud of. Across industry, organizations are enjoying record-low injury rates, a place for safety on the agenda and greater safety literacy across more employees than ever before.
It’s no longer a secret that safety has a lot to offer organizations. We also know that safety needs to have “a seat at the table” everywhere strategy is set, including the boardroom. But aside from a handful of progressive organizations, that “seat” isn’t there. Why not?
The beginning of every New Year is a time for looking ahead. We consider what we want to accomplish and what we will do differently, both personally and professionally. As safety leaders, that activity takes on a special significance: Our “resolutions” help determine the quality of systems that protect people’s lives and livelihoods.