A Practical Guide to the Safety Profession: The Relentless Pursuit will help reshape the way we talk about safety, prompt action, and engage workers from all levels of an organization. The book includes real-life experiences and characters that are relatable to anyone who has worked in the Safety and Health field for any amount of time. It will provide answers for every safety professional who has ever asked: "is this actually making people safer?" It shines a light on ineffective practices that drive a wedge between the safety professional and the people they support and then provides meaningful alternative practices.
"One of the most poignant, realistic and helpful books I have read about the challenges faced by safety practitioners. Through irresistible storytelling, the author shares his field experiences with unparalleled authenticity that displays both the compassion all great safety leaders need, along with cutting humor and a hint of rebellion that falls out of the all too prevalent nonsense associated with the safety profession. Jason Maldonado also provides thoughtful and practical solutions to common challenges faced by safety leaders and practitioners."
— Clive Lloyd, Director of GYST Consulting & Developer of the acclaimed Care Factor Program, Australia
"When it comes to safety, this is the book that needed to be written. A provocative and fresh approach to providing safety tools for businesses to truly take better care of their people. If followed, the principles laid out within its pages will redefine what safety means to the future of your company. A must read for any professional wanting to ensure a safe workplace."
— D. W. King, USAF Retired
"Mr. Maldonado’s book is a must-read for any safety professional or production manager. It is an artful collection of opinions, musings and real-world experience, often told with humorous prose. Jason is an excellent storyteller and his book provides insightful examples of how safety programs succeed and fail, and his Toolbox Tips offer a great collection of, well, tools that can be used in any workplace. Even though he is a relative youngster, he has experience and wisdom well beyond his years. It will definitely be the most engaging safety tome you will ever read."
— Michael Rogers, Colleague, Utilities Executive
PROLOGUE: I DREW A SNAKE…
PART UNO: FORGET THE TRIVIAL - AN UNCONVENTIONAL INTRODUCTION TO OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY
1. F…ORGET OSHA
2. HEY SAFETY GUYS! YOU MISSED A HAZARD!
3. BACKSTABBERS WITH… "PASSION" FOR SAFETY
4. RISK IN REAL TIME
5. INSPECTOR BOB
PART DEUX: FOCUS ON WHAT MATTERS
STUPID SIMPLE TOOLKIT ITEM 1: NUT CHECK
2. AIM AT THE WRONG TARGET, GET THE WRONG SCORE
STUPID SIMPLE TOOLKIT ITEM 2: CHOOSE YOUR TARGET
3. QUIT SAYING SHALL, YOU’RE NOT SHAKESPEARE
STUPID SIMPLE TOOLKIT ITEM 3: WRITE BETTER
4. ADD VALUE, NOT WORDS
STUPID SIMPLE TOOLKIT ITEM 4: BE USEFUL
5. CHOOSE YOUR ENEMIES WISELY
STUPID SIMPLE TOOLKIT ITEM 5: BUILD YOUR SAFETY TABLE
6. THE ONE WIRE DIFFERENCE
STUPID SIMPLE TOOLKIT ITEM 6: ADD MORE WIRE
7. READ BETWEEN THE LINES
STUPID SIMPLE TOOLKIT ITEM 7: TEACH ACTIVE PARTICIPATION
8. BUILD A FOUNDATION, NOT A RULEBOOK
STUPID SIMPLE TOOLKIT ITEM 8: NEVER ASSUME PREREQUISITE KNOWLEDGE
9. NEVER TRUST THE PRESIDENT
STUPID SIMPLE TOOL KIT ITEM 6: FORGIVE MISTAKES
10. THE PILOT’S PERSPECTIVE
STUPID SIMPLE TOOLKIT ITEM 10: FLY THE PLANE YOU’VE GOT
11. THE GECKO
STUPID SIMPLE TOOLKIT ITEM 11: MEASURE THE RIGHT THINGS
PART TRIBUS: DO WHAT MAKES A DIFFERENCE
1. WE SHOULD DO SOMETHING!
2. "SAFETY ASSESSMENT STICK" BEATINGS
3. THE ICE METHOD
EPILOGUE: ONE NIGHT AT A HOMETOWN DINER