Safety Observation Program – Roll Out and Results

Kaitlyn McNaughton

Director of Engineering and R&D Laboratories at Blount International

Learning Objectives

How to introduce a safety observation program into labs. It will provide the why we choose to do this, how we instituted the program and our results.


Key Themes:



  • Observation based safety enables and encourages your team members to take an active role in daily safety.

  • To have a heartfelt safety culture your team must feel comfortable raising safety concerns, raising new ideas and share their perspectives/ input and be empowered to be part of the solution.

  • To be successful implementing observation based safety people must know that everyone is participating in this because they care about one another. People must observe and be open to seek first understand why people are doing something a certain way and make sure people know your intent is improvement safety for everyone and is not punitive.