DID YOU KNOW: SOMETIMES THE MOST IMPORTANT WORK YOU CAN DO IS TO STOP WORKING.
If you’re working and you see a process that is not being followed correctly, or if you notice at-risk behavior going on, take the initiative and call a quick time-out. Then confer with your workmates to make sure everyone knows the safe way to continue.
Executing Stop Work Authority to right safety wrongs and catch potential unsafe action before it actually happens is not only responsible, it’s also effective. In fact, in the oil and gas industry, it’s been one of the most successful approaches to safety in the last decade.
Empower the people around you. Encourage them to watch for unsafe conditions or processes, and when it’s necessary, stop the job until it can be done safely.