IPAC Services Corporation recently kicked off an exciting new safety training initiative in October 2018. Called SafeStart, this program has been proven at work sites around the world to reduce on-the-job injuries by 30–70% in the first one-to-two years.
SafeStart was created by Larry Wilson, a leading expert on human error prevention, and is based on input from over 100,000 workers. More than 2 million people around the world have now been trained in SafeStart principles.
After a careful review of competing training programs and dialogue with other organizations, SafeStart was selected by senior management because the team felt it would fit the IPAC culture and provide the biggest short-term and long-term gains in reducing injuries.
“It felt like the right fit for IPAC,” says Phil Linfield, Corporate Loss Prevention Manager. “The emphasis is on creating a safety mindset—not on catching someone doing something wrong.”
SafeStart is an advanced safety awareness program that focuses on non-deliberate risk. According to Mr. Wilson, “SafeStart won’t keep a person from intentionally deciding to break the speed limit, but it will help them avoid unintentionally running a stop sign. It’s about help, NOT blame.”
Instead of treating safety awareness as a vague concept, SafeStart defines exactly what a person needs to do to avoid unintentional contact with hazardous energy. Mr. Wilson says “SafeStart teaches you how to avoid the mistakes and errors you never wanted to make in the first place.”
SafeStart identifies four states (rushing, frustration, fatigue and complacency) which contribute to four critical errors (eyes not on task, mind not on task, line-of-fire and loss of balance, traction, grip) which cause more than 90 percent of all injuries in the workplace.
One of the unique aspects of SafeStart is that the program encourages employees to share the concepts with their families. Statistics show that far more workers are killed off-the-job than on-the-job.
Ron Ward, President and CEO, says, "While IPAC has made great strides in safety, we will not be satisfied. We believe SafeStart can help take us to another level in terms of protecting our team members from injuries."