Have you ever had an “ah-ha!” moment where, suddenly, your understanding of safety was turned upside down? I had a chance to experience this first-hand when I sat down to discuss workplace safety with the Vice President of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) for one of the world’s leading energy companies. Tom had recently completed our safety assessment and development program and wanted to gain a further understanding, among other things, of his own personal SafetyDNA results. The SafetyDNA® Assessment and Development Program begins with an assessment of internal safety traits. Tom expressed to me that his results surprised him - and not in a good way! He admitted that he was concerned with his SafetyDNA results, as he scored at-risk on the Caution safety factor. He defensively asked how he, a leader with hundreds of thousands of lives under his watchful eye, could be at-risk on any of the four SafetyDNA Factors.
Over the years and with increased responsibilities, Tom has learned to override the way he feels and consciously
After completing the online SafetyDNA Assessment, Tom completed training and an individual one-on-one coaching session. He expressed now he had a more positive perspective of his personal safety, realizing that safety programs and policies are not as black and white as they may appear. That is because every one of us is wired a little bit differently; therefore, even the most obvious safety rule may be viewed differently across a workforce. Individuals with a higher comfort level for taking risks or bending rules are more likely to question a policy if they see it as a potential roadblock. But, just like Tom has learned to consciously change his at-risk behaviors, his employees are doing the same as they learn to identify and pay close attention to their personal safety traits. The future of workplace safety is in highlighting personal safety traits, or SafetyDNA, and developing a corresponding personalized action plan.