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Make Sure Your Health and Safety Plan Covers Medical Marijuana

(Transcribed from Video at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfJpRJg2P6hIvx7JAQsRAxQ) I'm frequently asked if there's any updates to the cannabis program, and I have to say that you should check your drug and alcohol policy and make sure that it includes medical marijuana because medical marijuana is legal. However, there's zero tolerance for safety-sensitive positions and it's important that you have [...]

2019-03-14T15:58:33-06:00March 20th, 2019|Safety Matters, Video|

Purpose, Autonomy and Mastery

(Transcribed from Video at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfJpRJg2P6hIvx7JAQsRAxQ) Purpose, autonomy, mastery. Purpose leads to autonomy. Autonomy leads to mastery, which leads to purpose. It's a virtuous cycle. So what I'm saying is that we have to cease treating workers as children, and we have to treat them as autonomous adults that will do the right thing 80 to 90% [...]

2019-01-28T11:39:49-06:00March 13th, 2019|Safety Matters, Video|

Safety Motivation and Expectations

(Transcribed from Video at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfJpRJg2P6hIvx7JAQsRAxQ) Modern theory today says there are three ways to influence people, to motivate people. 'Cause motivation is intrinsic. It's self-generated. You can manipulate, you can force, or the best outcome is you can positively influence people to do the right thing when nobody's watching. For example, they drive the speed limit, [...]

2019-01-28T11:33:59-06:00March 6th, 2019|Business, Safety Matters, Video|

Victimization and Safety Audit Expectations

(Transcribed from Video at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfJpRJg2P6hIvx7JAQsRAxQ) As Steve Covey says, "You manage things, not people." Compliance to rules means to conform, submit, or adapt as required, and it results in a loss of control. How do you react when you have a loss of control? You resist in any way possible, subtly or overt, and you become [...]

2019-02-06T10:58:02-06:00February 27th, 2019|Safety Matters, Video, workplace|

The Command and Control Paradigm

(Transcribed from Video at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfJpRJg2P6hIvx7JAQsRAxQ) Command and control is the new paradigm in Alberta. Actually, it's a very old paradigm. It has existed since forever. And that is where you command and control your workers. You command and control your auditors. You basically tell them what to do, and they have to adapt, submit and follow [...]

2019-02-06T10:56:52-06:00February 13th, 2019|Safety Matters, Video|

Company Lifespans are getting Shorter

(Transcribed from Video at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfJpRJg2P6hIvx7JAQsRAxQ) In 10 years' time, 40% of the top companies in North America will cease to exist. They will fail. The rate of change is accelerating at a breakneck pace, and basically what is happening is the life of a company is shorter and shorter and shorter. My children of the Millennial [...]

2019-02-06T10:56:01-06:00February 6th, 2019|Business, Video|

A look at the Ten elements of the AASP Alberta Parnerships Health and Safety Audits

(Transcribed from Video at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfJpRJg2P6hIvx7JAQsRAxQ) The 10 elements of the AASP audit. Element 1 which is management, leadership, and commitment. This has not changed other than the health and safety policy has to have three items. It has to have a phrase, which encompasses all parties and it has to meet the legislation and it has [...]

2019-01-28T10:23:07-06:00January 11th, 2019|Safety Matters, Video|

The difference between Audits and Inspections in a Health and Safety environment

(Transcribed from Video at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfJpRJg2P6hIvx7JAQsRAxQ) Most people get confused between a health and safety audit and an inspection. Basically, an inspection is done to monitor the status of health and safety hazards in the workplace. You walk around. You check over, under, around. You check workers to see if they're working safely and following the rules. [...]

2018-11-22T10:20:39-06:00September 27th, 2018|Safety Matters, Video|

Job Safety Analysis and your Health and Safety Program

(Transcribed from Video at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfJpRJg2P6hIvx7JAQsRAxQ) Job safety analyses are hazards assessments that you conduct before you got out in the field. It is a step-by-step breakdown of the task or job and for each task, health and safety hazards are identified and control measures are put in place. Job safety analyses are an essential part of [...]

2018-11-22T10:20:39-06:00September 20th, 2018|Safety Matters, Video|

How and Why Interviews are part of an Audit

(Transcribed from Video at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfJpRJg2P6hIvx7JAQsRAxQ) When it comes to the audit process, the auditors have to select the interviewees, not the company. They will work with the company in selecting the interviewees, in terms of the fact that they have to know who is there? Who isn't? Who has a good command of the English language, [...]

2018-11-22T10:20:39-06:00September 13th, 2018|Safety Matters, Video|