Most Important Considerations for Developing a Safety Program

Ron Parker
June 1, 2016
  • There needs to be organizational alignment from the top to bottom on why safety is important – it is a moral imperative, not just standard protocol; Nothing we do justifies someone going home injured.
  • Eliminate the “accidents happen, nothing you can do” mentality. Don’t even allow the use of the word accident and make sure everyone knows why.
  • Collect data on every incident or near-miss. Data on past incidents is absolutely critical to taking a rational and scientific approach to eliminating injuries.
  • Follow the Pareto Principle (80 percent of effects come from 20 percent of the causes) both in deciding which types of injuries to attack first and in managing your workforce relative to identifying and coaching (or culling if necessary) folks who are “injury prone.”
  • Keep your safety efforts focused on the actions, choices and decisions of individuals. You must help them to identify the actions, choices or decisions they made that led to the incident, and safe alternatives to those wrong actions to prevent any further incidents.
  • Establish effective procedures for incident reporting and investigation that focus on identifying the unsafe act and the better choice that can be made next time. 
  • In cases where injuries have resulted, have effective case management procedures in place to minimize time loss and recovery periods. 
  • Maximize vicarious learning by sharing all incidents with employees quickly and thoroughly.

Ron Parker is the vice president of manufacturing at View Inc. Contact him at To learn more about Parker’s safety philosophy, and download his free eBook, please visit: