Wilson Bateman’s 7 Safety Habits That Could Save Your Life is a wonderfully organized manual that provides safety information in a fresh way. Taking a cue from existing self-help books, Mr. Bateman applies the efficiency of the self-help approach to safety science.
The result is an easy-to-understand collection of the most important safety information available, organized in a way that readers can actually remember.
In addition, as is the case with self-help books, the presentation not only communicates but also encourages the reader to contemplate, to ask questions, to get to the heart of why safety is so important, and in the process, reach a new level of understanding about this critical subject.
Terry Miller
Senior Director                                    
National Safety Council
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Goals – Life Skills

Our goal is to create a common approach to safety used throughout the organization and beyond. The application of the 7 Safety Habits model creates life skills that are used at work, on the road, and at home. When we talk about habits and culture, it’s the way things are done, the way work is managed and controlled. Habits and culture cannot be turned on and off, they work for us when we are tired, confused, or overwhelmed.

Safety is not about work, Safety is about life, It’s a Life Skill.  

1. Think Safety’s HARD

Hazard & Risk Assessment – This is where safety starts. Identify all hazards.

Training – Mindset, Think Safety’s HARD (Hazard Assessment Risk & Duty). What are your responsibilities regarding hazard and risk identification?

Practice / Tools – Create a questing attitude using a HARD Card. 

2. Wear the Gear

Use all controls necessary to protect yourself and your team. Safety is about control.

Training – Control is key. The loss of control results in loss. Understand and apply the controls. Recognize that PPE is your last line of defense.

Practice / Tools – Apply the Control Hierarchy, on and off the job. Practice / Tools – Create a questing attitude using a HARD Card. 

3. Avoid the Shortcuts

Procedures and practices outline the best way to perform the task safely. 

Training – strict adherence to procedures, practices, and rules. This is the way we do it here!

Practice / Tools – Identify shortcuts and review procedures. 

4. Send the Message

Communication is key. It’s not what you say, it’s what you do. 

Training – Outline a variety of coaching tools designed to send the message and promote safety.

Tools/ Practice – Safety ROI Card (Report Observe Intervene). 

5. Support the Team

Safety is a team sport. Teams are built on responsibility and trust. 

Training – Review team responsibilities. Consider all members. What is trust and why is it important.

Tools/Practice – Internal safety management system -define responsibility. T.R.U.S.T. Model. 

6. Recognize the Blame Game

Incident investigation should focus on corrective action. 

Training – How do we end the blame game? What is an error management focus? What are human factors?

Tools/Practice – Human Factors that Increase the Likelihood of Error (H-FILES)

7. Situational Awareness (SA)

SA is a combination of knowledge and process that is often misunderstood. 

Training – What is SA? How does SA apply at the individual and system levels?

Tools/Practice – The 7th Habit SAM (Situational Awareness Model).