Meet with the project manager prior to their arrival and lay down the law. Ask for a detailed plan of the process, and be sure he understands the penalties for violating your rules.
Clear your schedule for the next three days. You’ll need to monitor the project closely to ensure a safe, event-free execution. (Besides, you want a front seat to the action and a chance to take lots of photos!)
Designate a representative from your team to act as a liaison for the contractors, and check in as needed.
Survey the site and start calling witnesses to question them about what happened. You need to get to the bottom of this before lunchtime.
Send a “get well” card to the hospital.
Ask your third-shift supervisor to start an investigation so you can submit your report to OSHA within 24 hours.
You check the schedule to find out who was working in that area and issue a written warning to the responsible party.
You check with your chemistry manager for an analysis of the substance, discover it’s just degreaser and move on after properly disposing of it.
You post signs to remind workers about the importance of chemical safety and good housekeeping.
Give a man an inch, and he’ll take a mile.
Many hands make light work.
Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority and don’t interfere.
"This place has so many rules, it’s hard to get anything done."
"I can’t find anything around here."
"The managers are clueless — we just have to fend for ourselves."