Preventative Safety


If you have ever flown on an airplane than you have benefited from preventative safety measures aiding in your safe experience. Pilots use pre-flight checklists before every flight. In many industries pre-operation inspections, workplace inspections, pre-job safety analysis and tailgate meetings are common practice. Using preventative safety tools, before work begins, can help to ensure safe and successful outcomes.


  1. Why Checklists Are Important
  2. History of Checklists
  3. Impacts of Checklists
  4. Admiting We Need Checklists
  5. Stop Pencil Whipping
  6. Being Aware of Complacency
  7. Using The Right Document For Right Task
  8. Equipment Specific Tools
  9. Work Specific Tools
  10. Setting Up The Next Crew
  11. Doing Something With The Findings

Reflective Questions:

  • When was there a time that you were glad you used a checklist / preventative safety tool? What happened?
  • On a scale of 1-10 with one being low and 10 being high, how much importance do you put on preventative safety measures? Why?
  • What tools do you currently use to aid in preventative safety? Are there other tools you can leverage to further aid in this? If so, what are they?

Homework Assignment:

Completing an extra thorough checklist (work area inspection, pre-op, etc.). Double the amount of time it usually takes to complete the checklist and pay extra attention to the fields. Find as many potential hazards as possible and list them. Goal is to see if you find anything new by spending the extra time on the checklist.

Journal Entry:

Post module activity that highlights the learning from the homework assignment and helps set a course for continued learning application.