Dec 5, 2019
What is your touchstone as an organization? Are you pushing a strong safety first culture or one that is leading on the operations front? Why not aim for both? We've all heard the platitude "safety first".
Beyond catchy slogans, adding safety as a priority to the precision of your daily operations will complement and strengthen the existing safety first culture of your team. The Navy aircraft squadron serves as a fitting example of such an operation. There are equal moving parts of safety and operational precision.
In a naval aircraft, the environment is not a fixed location and always evolves and shifts. The challenge is to maintain safety while operating technical tasks with precision. The stakes couldn't be higher in this situation for squadrons to overcome these challenges. Repairs have to be made to complicated systems, engines have to be replaced, and everything has to be done safely. Lives are truly on the line.
Safety, in effect, becomes a by-product of these precision-based operations in the three ways. First, every member of the team is on the same page and knows the destination or goal that must be reached. Second, operators hold leadership positions within an organization's safety division. Third, safety leadership comes from the engagement of the leaders themselves. Get involved and stay involved.
Shawn Grenier | Nov 20, 2019 - What is your focus? Is it safety? Operations? Can it be both? Most organizations demand absolute safety across the entire range of operations. That devolves into easy slogans: “Safety First,” “Safety is our Number One Priority,” or “No Safety, Know Pain.” If you shift your collective aimpoint toward precision in your daily operations, not only will you achieve and retain the level of safety we all desire, you will also improve the performance of your team.
A Navy aircraft squadron contains many moving parts. We often operate out of a fixed location, but can just as easily find ourselves working over vast expanses far from each other. Additionally, the requirements to safely operate and maintain aircraft increasingly are technical and the operating environment changes all the time.
Within these challenges, squadrons succeed. We launch and recover aircraft, change large engines, repair electronic equipment, and fix extremely complicated fuel and hydraulic systems. All safely.