Highlights From TDI’s 15th Annual Safety Summit: Part II

Close your eyes and imagine the five people who you would not want to be involved in a tragic accident. Who came to mind? Your spouse? Your kids? Parents and close friends?

What about yourself?

Most of us believe accidents happen to other people, not us. Eric Giguere is living proof that we need to change our paradigm.

Ten years ago, Eric was buried alive on a construction site. Nowadays, he tours the country, pleading with anyone who will listen to avoid making the same mistakes he made.

In May, Eric told his story to a banquet hall full of workplace safety professionals at TDI’s safety summit in Austin. Here are some highlights, in case you missed it.

The Buried Truth Uncovered
Presented by Eric Giguere
Motivational Speaker

  • Taking shortcuts on the job can end tragically.
  • We think serious accidents only happen to other people, but Eric is living proof they can happen to anyone.
  • Your employer is not responsible for your safety; you are.

Communication is crucial. Employers have to make sure employees are comfortable reporting unsafe conditions and doing the job the safe way, even if it slows them down.

Tools for Safety TrainersSafety tools
Presented by Dian Mahaffey
TDI-DWC Program Specialist II

  • After 2 weeks, people remember only 20 percent of what they hear, 30 percent of what they see, and 50 percent of what they see and hear. But they retain up to 90 percent of what they hear, say and do.
  • Identify the ABCD’s of Performance Objectives: Audience (who will be trained?), Behavior (what task will learners perform?), Condition (what will learners be given to perform the task?) and Degree (how well will learners be expected to do the task?).
  • Tell them what you will tell them, tell them, and then tell them what you told them.
  • Set ground rules for the training, and then RAP: make it Real, Active and Participatory.

The Globally Harmonized System and Hazard Communication
Presented by Joann Natarajan
OSHA Austin Area Compliance Assistance Specialist

  • All employees must be trained on new label elements and safety data sheets by December 1, 2013.
  • Major changes include hazard classification, labels (symbols, signal words and hazard statements), safety data sheets, and information and training.
  • GHS includes a new list of chemicals presenting a “physical hazard.”
  • OSHA’s website contains numerous resources on HazCom under “Safety and Health Topics.”

More to come

Employees are more likely to embrace safety when they see management doing the same. In next week’s @TexasMutual blog post, we will provide a few more highlights from this year’s safety summit. Topics will include management commitment, ergonomics and required OSHA training.


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