The Safety Geek Podcast: Geeking Out About Workplace Safety

Safety Brye

The Safety Geek coaches and trains workplace safety managers, who struggle with support and commitment, effective strategies to change their company’s culture and to become safety leaders. I am dedicated to helping the industrial safety manager improve their health and safety program.

All Episodes

Safety Coaching is an important part of being a Safety Manager. If you aren't sure how to properly conduct a safety coaching session then join me in this week's episode and I’ll give you a few pointers.  For this week's show notes and links go to https://thesafetygeek.com/45  Take my FREE course: How to Manage Your Safety Program at http://www.thesafetygeek.com/freecourse

Sep 21

18 min

Planning a Safety Awareness Week takes time and dedication. If you aren’t sure how to plan a Safety Awareness Week, join me in this week's episode for some tips and tricks.  For this week's show notes and links go to https://thesafetygeek.com/44  Take my FREE course: How to Manage Your Safety Program at http://www.thesafetygeek.com/freecourse

Sep 14

18 min

If you are struggling with writing your safety policies then you should definitely join me for this week's episode. I will go over several easy steps to help you make sure everyone is understanding your policies.  For this week's show notes and links go to https://thesafetygeek.com/43 Take my FREE course: How to Manage Your Safety Program at http://www.thesafetygeek.com/freecourse

Sep 7

21 min

Safety inspections should never be a one person job. You should be including everyone in your safety inspections, even office workers. Join me during this week's episode to find out how to include every in your safety inspections.  For this week's show notes and links go to https://thesafetygeek.com/42  Take my FREE course: How to Manage Your Safety Program at http://www.thesafetygeek.com/freecourse 

Aug 31

14 min

If you’re concerned about employees filing a workers comp lawsuit then you need to join me on this week's episode. I’ll be discussing several ways to help prevent a workers comp lawsuit. For this week's show notes and links go to https://thesafetygeek.com/41 Take my FREE course: How to Manage Your Safety Program at http://www.thesafetygeek.com/freecourse

Aug 24

21 min

If you are having one too many near misses in your facility, keep reading. If you don’t know what a near miss is, you should keep reading too. In this week's episode we will go over the definition of a near miss and why they are important to pay attention to.  For this week's show notes and links go to https://thesafetygeek.com/40  Take my FREE course: How to Manage Your Safety Program at http://www.thesafetygeek.com/freecourse

Aug 17

12 min

If you are having trouble getting more employee engagement at your facility, then this episode is for you! I’ve come up with 7 tips to help you improve your employee engagement. For this week's show notes and links go to https://thesafetygeek.com/39  Take my FREE course: How to Manage Your Safety Program at http://www.thesafetygeek.com/freecourse

Aug 10

21 min

Most people might shake their head when I say that a zero incident rate is possible. This is definitely a possibility as long as you take continuous steps to achieve that goal. Check out this week's episode to find out what those steps are.  For this week's show notes and links go to https://thesafetygeek.com/38  Take my FREE course: How to Manage Your Safety Program at http://www.thesafetygeek.com/freecourse

Jul 13

16 min

It’s no secret that the Safety Department and Operations Department are always in an ongoing battle. In this week's episode we will talk about the importance of these two departments compromising.  For this week's show notes and links go to https://thesafetygeek.com/37  Take my FREE course: How to Manage Your Safety Program at http://www.thesafetygeek.com/freecourse

Jul 6

22 min

One thing Safety Managers often struggle with are safety leading indicators. There are two major indicators that you should be looking at, one on a monthly basis and one on a weekly basis. In today’s episode, we’ll look at how to use both to identify your problem areas. For this week's show notes and links go to https://thesafetygeek.com/36

Jun 29

17 min

This week's topic may come as a surprise to you. I’m discussing the reason why safety regulations should actually be your last concern. There are two main reasons why I am saying this. Check out this week’s podcast to find out what those reasons are.  For this week's show notes and links go to https://thesafetygeek.com/35

Jun 22

12 min

Congratulations on becoming a Safety Manager! I hope you will love the position as much as I do. If you need some tips on what the next steps are, I got you! Check out this podcast for suggestions on what you should do now that you're in the role.  For this week's show notes and links go to https://thesafetygeek.com/34

Jun 15

11 min

Companies may think they are doing the right thing by promoting someone within the company, but this isnt always the case. If someone with no safety experience is promoted into safety, it can cause a lot of issues not only for the company but for the employee as well. Join me for this week's episode to learn more about treating safety as a profession and not a promotion! For this week's show notes and links go to https://thesafetygeek.com/33

Jun 8

12 min

Have you ever wondered what the value of Safety Management was for a company? You’ll probably be surprised at how much safety affects other departments within an organization. Join me for this week's episode to learn more about safety within a company! For this week's show notes and links go to https://thesafetygeek.com/32

Jun 1

22 min

If you're thinking about getting a job in Safety Management then this one's for you. It's a very rewarding and life changing job but you do have to have a certain skill set to be successful. Join me in this weeks’ episode where I will give you tips and tricks to become a safety manager. For this week's show notes and links go to https://thesafetygeek.com/31

May 25

25 min

Meaningful recognition drives positive employee relationships that result in a better company culture. In this week’s episode, we go beyond monetary incentives and discuss how to properly recognize your employees, how to set up a recognition criteria, and build the habits of recognition on a daily basis. For this week's show notes and links go to https://thesafetygeek.com/30 Take my FREE course: How to Manage Your Safety Program at http://www.thesafetygeek.com/freecourse

May 19

26 min

Safety Promotions should be part of every safety program.  Promotions vary from awareness materials, physical items, or kick off celebrations.  In this week’s episode, we discuss why safety promotions are so important and the different ways you can promote safety in your workplace. For this week's show notes and links go to https://thesafetygeek.com/29  Get on the list and get a FREE idea book: 5 Surprising Ways to Make Employees Crazy for Safety at http://www.thesafetygeek.com/5ways

May 12

23 min

It has always been tricky to conduct safety meetings when your employees never come to the facility or they work remotely.  This is compounded by the physical distancing we are all doing right now.  However, there are some ways you can conduct safety meetings remotely.  In this week’s episode, we discuss some of the ideas.   For this week's show notes and links go to https://thesafetygeek.com/28  Take my FREE course: How to Manage Your Safety Program at http://www.thesafetygeek.com/freecourse

May 5

23 min

You may think that safety cannot be managed from home.  However, when you have the right culture and training in place it is not only possible but effective.  In this episode, I share tips and tricks on how to manage safety from home and how to stay focused while doing so. For this week's show notes and links go to https://thesafetygeek.com/27  Check out the current Live Workshop Training - Getting Hired in a Down Economy Get on the list and get a FREE idea book: 5 Surprising Ways to Make Employees Crazy for Safety at http://www.thesafetygeek.com/5ways

Apr 28

33 min

Even in the best economy, it can be tough to get hired as a Safety Manager.  You know you have the skills to do the job, but you’re competing against hundreds of Safety Professionals just as talented as you are. So how do you make sure, you’re the one they pick? In this episode, we will talk about the hiring process and steps you can take to stand out.  Including what to do when you don’t have all the qualifications they are asking for. To learn more check out my NEW TRAINING - Getting Hired in a Down Economy.  This is a 4-part workshop series that will teach you how to stand apart from the crowd of applicants at every stage of the hiring process. For this week's show notes and links go to https://thesafetygeek.com/26  Get on the list and get a FREE idea book: 5 Surprising Ways to Make Employees Crazy for Safety at http://www.thesafetygeek.com/5ways

Apr 21

36 min

In the event of a crisis, we'll always rely on our training.  Even when your crisis management planning is top-notch, if you’re not practicing, you’re risking that your team will be confused when you most need them to act. This is why crisis management drills are so important.  This week we talk about the what, why, and how of conducting a crisis management drill. For this week's show notes and links go to https://thesafetygeek.com/25 Get on the list and get a FREE idea book: 5 Surprising Ways to Make Employees Crazy for Safety at http://www.thesafetygeek.com/5ways

Jan 21

33 min

When contractors work on our property or off, it opens the company up for liability or even possible injuries & accidents should something bad happen.  As Safety Manager's we need to mitigate this risk by putting a contractor safety program into place. The best way to do this is by taking small steps and improving it as each step is implemented.  In this episode, I break it down into the different steps you can take.  Go from nothing in place to a world-class contractor program, step-by-step. For this week's show notes and links go to www.thesafetygeek.com/24 Get on the list and get a FREE idea book: 5 Surprising Ways to Make Employees Crazy for Safety at http://www.thesafetygeek.com/5ways

Jan 8

31 min

Take some time to consider where you want to be at the end of 2020. Check out my safety-related resolution suggestions and how you can implement them both in the safety world, as well as in your personal life. For this week's show notes and links go to www.thesafetygeek.com/23 Get on the list and get a FREE idea book: 5 Surprising Ways to Make Employees Crazy for Safety at http://www.thesafetygeek.com/5ways

Dec 2019

26 min

What you are currently doing is what’s getting you to where you currently are – it won’t get it to where you are going. Listen in to our discussion on this topic and learn what you can do today to work on the safety culture in your facility. For this week's show notes and links go to www.thesafetygeek.com/22 Get on the list and get a FREE idea book: 5 Surprising Ways to Make Employees Crazy for Safety at http://www.thesafetygeek.com/5ways  

Dec 2019

17 min

When times get tough the organization is going to make cuts. We don't want them cutting you - for job security and safety purposes, which is why we are talking about the value you as a person bring to the organization. Listen in for ways you can increase your skills and increase your value as an employee. For this week's show notes and links go to www.AskSafetyGeek.com/21 Get on the list and get a FREE idea book: 5 Surprising Ways to Make Employees Crazy for Safety at https://freebie.thesafetygeek.com/crazy-for-safety 

Dec 2019

20 min

When every other department in your organization has a lot of people, but you only have one, how do you manage your team? Listen to the episode and I’ll give you my strategies for success! For this week's show notes and links go to www.AskSafetyGeek.com/20 Get on the list and get a FREE idea book: 5 Surprising Ways to Make Employees Crazy for Safety at https://freebie.thesafetygeek.com/crazy-for-safety

Dec 2019

21 min

As a safety professional, every workplace should have safety goals that they are working toward every year. Maybe you update them every three months, every six months, or once per year – but you have to have goals in place. In this episode, I’m going to walk you through the steps I use to set goals for safety success.   For this week's show notes and links go to www.AskSafetyGeek.com/19 Get on the list and get a FREE idea book: 5 Surprising Ways to Make Employees Crazy for Safety at https://freebie.thesafetygeek.com/crazy-for-safety

Dec 2019

31 min

I have been a safety professional for over 20 years and I love talking about the back brace argument. Why? Because after 20 years, I’m still on the fence. This is a controversial subject and with good reason so join me as we walk through the pros and cons of back braces (with a little input about ankle braces as well!) --- For this week's show notes and links go to www.AskSafetyGeek.com/18 Get on the list and get a FREE idea book: 5 Surprising Ways to Make Employees Crazy for Safety at https://freebie.thesafetygeek.com/crazy-for-safety

Nov 2019

19 min

When you start involving employees in your safety program they become more engaged, energized and excited about safety. The idea is not just to involve them in a mandatory way, but to make them WANT to be involved. Safety is not a necessary evil. Your employees can and should be excited about safety. So, how do you get employees involved in your safety program? For the complete show notes go to https://asksafetygeek.com/17 Get on the list and get a FREE idea book: 5 Surprising Ways to Make Employees Crazy for Safety at https://freebie.thesafetygeek.com/crazy-for-safety 

Nov 2019

18 min

So many times when an accident happens we look at the direct cost that comes in the form of medical bills or repair estimates. The actual cost of medical services needed to take care of an injury might not be much, but when you take the time to look at the big picture, you recognize that the cost is much higher. Why? Because there are indirect costs involved. Today, I’m challenging you to get in the habit of quantifying those costs.

Nov 2019

34 min

JHA’s are living documents and should be in active use in your facility. They break a job task down into steps and then for every step associate the hazards for those steps and how to mitigate them. The common use for a JHA is for training and possibly for a pre-operation review. But there is so much more you can do with a JHA. For this week's show notes and links go to www.AskSafetyGeek.com/15

Nov 2019

22 min

I’ve been using a method of recordkeeping for 10+ years and today, I get to share it with you. It’s a little different than what you might be used to, but whether you have 20 or 800 employees, this method will save you so much time. I’m sure of it. Have an open mind, because my goal is to blow your mind with this simple technique that will put hours back in your day.

Oct 2019

32 min

Often our expectations are set way too low. Do you ever feel like you can’t get your employees to do what you want them to do? Or…they only ever come in at the 70% compliance mark, and you’ve come to believe that’s just normal? To meet the goals we want, especially in safety, we have to raise our expectations so that people will rise to meet them. Join me in this episode as we talk about how your expectations affect the success of your safety program and how you can pursue 100% compliance – no matter what.   For this week's show notes and links go to www.AskSafetyGeek.com/13 Get on the list and get a FREE idea book: 5 Surprising Ways to Make Employees Crazy for Safety at https://freebie.thesafetygeek.com/crazy-for-safety

Oct 2019

25 min

Employee committees are an excellent way to get employees involved in your safety program.  When employees are involved, it improves morale, reduces turnover, increases productivity, and so much more.  Today, I just want to go over the bird’s eye view of employee committee structures.  Stay tuned for an upcoming opportunity to learn in-depth with me how to create your own employee committee. For this week's show notes and links go to https://thesafetygeek.com/basics-of-employee-committees/ Get on the list and get a FREE idea book: 5 Surprising Ways to Make Employees Crazy for Safety at https://freebie.thesafetygeek.com/crazy-for-safety/

Oct 2019

23 min

80% of the safety manager’s job is getting workers to understand and follow safety rules.  What if you looked at this as building habits instead?  There is some interesting research on learning that can be applied to safety.  In this show, we talk about habit formation, conditioned learning, and operant learning.  These techniques are the basis of behavior-based safety. For this week's show notes and links go to www.AskSafetyGeek.com/11 Get on the list and get a FREE idea book: 5 Surprising Ways to Make Employees Crazy for Safety at https://freebie.thesafetygeek.com/crazy-for-safety

Oct 2019

32 min

Written safety programs are a big part of our jobs.  I have learned that when you use collaboration with employees and managers, you get a better program. And, it is a program that is easier to get people to support.  In this week’s episode, I go over my 10 steps to creating a successful safety program. For this week's show notes and links go to www.AskSafetyGeek.com/10 Get on the list and get a FREE scorecard at www.asksafetygeek.com/scorecard 

Oct 2019

24 min

Safety culture is the way you do business and how you work within your operation.  Culture is tightly related to management support.  Here are 10 quick and easy tips to that you should use every day to build safety culture at your facility For this week's show notes and links go to www.AskSafetyGeek.com/9 Get on the list and get a FREE scorecard at www.asksafetygeek.com/scorecard 

Sep 2019

31 min

Safety programs cannot be managed through fear.  Employees will hide things and not report issues when the safety manager is also the safety police.  Front line supervisors are the enforcers of safety.  Safety Managers are the subject matter experts. Let's talk about how to bridge the gap when you are stuck being both. For this week's show notes and links go to www.AskSafetyGeek.com/8

Sep 2019

24 min

The broken window theory applies to way more than just criminology and NYC.  You can see it in action in your everyday life.  You can use this theory to your advantage.  By applying it in the workplace, you can reduce your accidents and improve productivity at the same time. This week's show notes can be found at http://asksafetygeek.com/7

Sep 2019

29 min

When you are starting out in the safety profession, the question of what degrees or certifications to get are inevitable.  In this episode, I take you through my journey and give you advice on how to avoid the pitfalls I experienced.  We talk about colleges, spotting the best certifications to get, and what to plan for in the future.  Never stop investing in your own education - its the best thing you can do for yourself. For this week's show notes and links go to www.AskSafetyGeek.com/6  

Sep 2019

33 min

Setting a safety goal it only the first step.  A goal without a plan is just a dream.  In this week's show notes, there is a free safety action plan template to help you get started in creating a detailed plan on how to smash all your safety goals.  We go over step-by-step how to create the plan, who to involve and how to make sure it is kept on track.  This is a game-changer in safety goals and will make your life so much easier. For this week's show notes and links go to www.AskSafetyGeek.com/5

Aug 2019

41 min

A major task in creating a safety culture is to build relationships with everyone you work with, but especially the management team.  This may mean having to present your ideas to a team of executives as well as operators.  Your approach and communication style has a big impact on the outcomes.  These small tweaks from how you present information, appearance, and word choice can make it easier to connect with the people who can help you achieve your safety goals. For this week's show notes & links visit www.AskSafetyGeek.com/4

Aug 2019

31 min

Accountability is a current buzzword, but many organizations don't know or understand how to do it or what it means.  This week we talk about the easy process of commitment, training, consequence, authority, and consistency that will improve your safety program and actually change your employee's behaviors for good.  The biggest issue is that most safety managers lack the authority to enforce accountability.  I got you covered with techniques you can use even when you have no right to impose consequences. For this week's show notes & links go to www.AskSafetyGeek.com/3

Aug 2019

31 min

Expanding on my introduction episode, I wanted to start off this podcast with a discussion about my beliefs about how workplace safety programs should be managed.  We discuss the where safety fits in an organization, the role & responsibilities of the safety manager, and who are the safety police.  See the show notes & links at www.AskSafetyGeek.com/2

Aug 2019

34 min

Welcome to the Safety Geek Podcast. A show about workplace safety and how to manage safety programs. We get into the psychology of safety, effective safety leadership, and behavior-based safety programs. In this introduction episode, I discuss what the podcast is about and a little about me and my background.

Jul 2019

21 min

Cookie policy

We and our partners use cookies to personalize your experience, to show you ads based on your interests, and for measurement and analytics purposes. By using our website and our services, you agree to our use of cookies as described in our Cookie Policy.