21 Safety Engagement Tools & Techniques

unanswered questions - brainstorming conceptThanks to Mark Taylor from www.safetymatters.co.nz for sending these in. I haven’t heard of a few of these but others I have found useful. We still need to realise that no tool is perfect or free of subjectivity and bias see:  When the Safety Tool Becomes the Method.

Have you used any of these or are there others you could recommend – tell us your tips, successes and pitfalls.

21 Safety Engagement Tools & Techniques

  1. Acorn Test – a test to check on a safety mission statement to determine if it is well-defined
  2. Affinity Diagram – organises a large of hazards or near misses into their natural relationships

  3. Benefits and Barriers Exercise – helps individuals see benefits of a proposed change

  4. Round Robin Brainstorming – Use this when dominant members stifle other people’s ideas

  5. Double Reversal Brainstorming – Use this when people are running out of ideas

  6. Starbursting – Identifies issues that must be considered before implementing ideas

  7. Charettes – When a large group must develop ideas about various facets of a problem

  8. Brainwriting – A nonverbal form of brainstorming

  9. Hazard Concentration Diagram – Plots physical locations of hazards and links common traits

  10. Contingency Diagram – Uses brainstorming and fault finding to identify how incidents occur

  11. Continuum of Goals – Shows groups how to devise a general or specific mission statement

  12. Battelle Filtering – Prioritises a list of health and safety options

  13. Design for Safety – a method for carefully planning safety checks on a process

  14. Effective-Achievable Chart – a two dimensional chart for prioritising safety choices

  15. Failure Modes and Effects Analysis – a step by step for identifying failures in a safety process

  16. 5W2H – a method for asking questions about a safety process or problem

  17. Safety Importance-Performance Analysis – studies people’s perceptions of safety goals

  18. Is-Is Not Matrix – guides the search for the causes to a safety problem

  19. PMI – structures a discussion to identify the pluses, minuses and interesting points on a idea

  20. Storyboard – a visual display of safety thoughts

  21. Why-Why Diagram – identifies the root causes of a problem


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Best Regards,

Mark Taylor – Director

Safety Matters (NZ) Ltd



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Mark Taylor is a key note speaker and trainer who has spent the majority of his career educating and helping people to take health and safety seriously. Over a period of twenty years he has worked across a broad spectrum of industries around the world and has developed a number of innovative safety tools that are now common in many workplaces. Mark continues to see things differently and push the boundaries in safety management beyond traditional systems and approaches, which he feels are dated and limited.

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