In this video, Jim describes the concept of creating a culture of learning within the company, which is more inclusive than simply creating a culture of safety.
- I mentioned earlier that I'm not a big fan of the phrase Safety First, and I'm also not a real big fan of the phrase create a culture of safety. I just think these things overemphasize a single important element, and it can lead to ignoring the others. I understand it, and I understand why we needed to use phrases in the past like safety first, and why we needed to emphasize the creation of a culture of safety. We just ignored safety too long in construction. And I can say that from personal experience, working all over North America and consulting on projects all over the world.
We had a need to overemphasize safety because we ignored it for so long, and instill this sense of safety not being that important. I do get that. But now, I think it's time to start pulling back on our overcorrection. It's time to start placing equal emphasis on safety, quality, and productivity, because that's real life. We have to complete the job we're being paid to do. We have to make money doing it, and we have to have everyone go home every day uninjured and healthy.
I think that the way we pull back on our overcorrection towards safety without losing the attention it needs is by beginning to emphasize a culture of learning. The people that work for us and with us need more opportunities to learn and improve. As a company, I think you're much better off promoting this culture of learning. Promote the fact that you want your employees to learn and grow, and then create opportunities for them to do so. People generally want to grow and get better, and as they do, they feel better.
They grow a sense of loyalty, and the company benefits in many ways. By creating a culture of learning, and enabling a system that allows people to learn about both what they need to know for their jobs and what they may want to learn to better themselves, you can create a sense within the organization that all of it's important, safety, quality, and productivity. And it helps you stress that it's not acceptable to skimp on any of these elements.
Throughout this course, Jim highlights some of the most notable safety and health hazards in the industry—including fall hazards, traffic accidents, and respiratory hazards—and shares strategies for integrating safety, quality, and productivity. He also explains how to leverage technological advancements such as digital drawings to help your team work safer and smarter.
- Recognizing health hazards in the industry
- Integrating safety, quality, and productivity
- Creating a culture of learning
- Recognizing leading indicators
- Using digital solutions to improve safety
- Using BIM to identify hazards early