Proven strategies and tactics that you can use to lead workers to safety

Alive and Well at the End of the Day: The Supervisor's Guide to Managing Safety in Operations

Paul D. Balmert


ISBN: 978-0-470-46707-7

296 pages

March 2010

John Wiley & Sons, Inc.


Industrial facilities supervisors, from front-line managers to CEOs, can depend on Alive and Well at the End of the Day for tested and proven management and leadership practices that ensure the safety of their workers. With more than thirty years of hands-on experience in the chemical industry, including front-line management, author Paul Balmert understands the challenges facing supervisors in industrial facilities. His advice, based on firsthand experience, shows you how to identify and correct flaws in industrial practices. Moreover, he shows you how to lead by example, overcoming all obstacles that interfere with safety.

Rather than focus on theory, this book offers concrete strategies and tactics that enable you to:


• Recognize and capitalize on the moments when workers are most receptive to learning safety

• Discover what's really going on when you tour and inspect plant operations

• Engage in a helpful discussion with someone who is not following safety guidelines

• Understand the various types of risk involved in an industrial operation

• Implement a comprehensive strategy to manage and minimize risk

Throughout the book, plenty of case studies and examples illustrate key challenges alongside step-by-step solutions. You'll also learn how to understand and leverage the psychology and motivations of your staff in order to fully implement safety practices and procedures. In short, with this book as your guide, you will be equipped and ready to lead your staff to safety.





About the Author


Chapter 1 – A Guide to the Guide: Getting the Most Out of This Book

Chapter 2 – The Case for Safety

Chapter 3 – The Practice of Leadership

Chapter 4 – Moments of High Influence

Chapter 5 – Managing by Walking Around

Chapter 6 – Following All the Rules…All the Time

Chapter 7 – Recognizing Hazards and Managing Risk

Chapter 8 – Behavior, Consequences-And Attitude!

Chapter 9 – The Power of Good Questions

Chapter 10 – Making Change Happen

Chapter 11 – Managing Accountability

Chapter 12 – Safety Meetings Worth Having

Chapter 13 – Managing Safety Suggestions

Chapter 14 – Creating the Culture You Want

Chapter 15 – Investing in Trading

Chapter 16 – Understanding What Went Wrong

Chapter 17 – Measuring Safety Performance

Chapter 18 – On the Horns: Managing Safety Dilemmas

Chapter 19 – Leading from the Middle

Chapter 20 – The Top 10 Mistakes Managers Make in Managing Safety Performance

Chapter 21 – Execution: The Name of the Game…And Safety's Bottom Line

Chapter 22 – Can You Really Make a Difference?





"Just received my copy of Paul’s book today and burning through chapter 2 – what a clear and accurate delivery of the realistic world in which we work! Great stuff!" - Craig Huffman, Director, Ashland Safety Services

"Received your book.  It is a real knock-out! I wish that I had had read, no, had it at my home over the years I worked.  It would have prevented some of the mistakes I made. A supervisor or manager and even a higher up, should read one chapter a week all their working careers. Love the cover - it tells a great story." - Richard Balmert, former DuPont plant manager

"I've recently read your book Alive and Well at the End of the Day.  Thank You for writing this book.  I agree this was something that needed to be written, and you've done a great job.  I subsequently ordered (15) copies to distribute to various people within our company.

I found you while doing a Google search looking for something Peter Drucker may have written about safety.  I've read most of Drucker's books, studied a couple of them, and my only recollection about safety had to do with something he wrote about safety helmets, and an indirect link to Alfred Sloan and his book titled My Years with General Motors.  I guess I didn't miss what I was looking for.  At the beginning of the Introduction to your book, you answered my question.  I found it ironic I was looking for something Drucker wrote, and found something telling me he didn't write it." - Dave Grube, Engineering & Quality Manager, Integrated Power Services

"Great read!! Can't put it down, reflects on exactly what I am dealing with on a day to day basis." - Shawn Issac

We are honored that Alive and Well at the End of the Day is published by John Willey & Sons, Inc. They have been a fabulous partner. The book and study guide are available directly from Wiley on their website. Wiley offers discounts for purchases of ten copies or more. Please contact V. Scott Pignolet at Balmert Consulting for more information and to arrange for a Wiley representative to contact you to help you with your needs.
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Revised: 14 February 2016