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Discipline in Safety

DISCIPLINE IN SAFETY: What Works, What Doesn't, and How to Get it Right
by Scott Stricoff

Some people believe that rules and procedures exist for safe operations, and the way to reduce injuries is simply to enforce those rules through disciplinary action.

A different set of people believe discipline should never be used. These people suggest that using discipline is inconsistent with building a collaborative culture in which employees are engaged.

What may be surprising is that neither of these views is correct.

This paper outlines:

  • Why discipline is so hard
  • What doesn’t work: five common pitfalls
  • What does work: principles for using discipline well
  • How to evaluate and improve your safety discipline system