John Jandik

safety hero and connecting on a peronal level

John Jandik CHST, CES is a Safety Professional for Cypress Safety Professionals, where he protects workers, assets, and the local community in a cost-effective manner.

As an accomplished safety professional with a reputation for maintaining the highest safety standards, Jandik has a keen ability to conduct root cause analysis, establish safety rules and codes of practice, and monitor and implement environmental, health and safety programs and practices.

Jandik takes pride in consistently achieving safety goals by establishing, maintaining, and managing effective business relationships at all levels across an organization.  

Why did you choose your profession?

I used to work at a Supermax prison for about 11 years, and that deals with making sure everyone is safe and making sure everybody stays alive!

It’s a real dangerous situation and you have to be mindful about what’s going on around you, and your situation, and how to deal with people, including how they might react.

When I left there and got into this field, it just translated pretty well…I moved my way up and found a niche in safety; and, once again, I am dealing with people and making sure everybody goes home safe, every day, in one piece.

What is the most important thing to do to be effective in your role?

I try to be able to make people recognize the importance of safety in their lives. I work to teach them. I instruct – and get to know them – on a personal level, and I talk to them on a personal level, and that helps in being effective in the role.

They need to know they are not just another number or employee. It is about communicating why they’re doing what they are: they are working to provide for their family, to go home every day to their family, and so I remind them of that. I remind them that they want to manage what they are doing and prolong their profession, especially for their family. To do that, you need to be able to work and not get hurt!

I really focus on communicating on a personal level. For some, that might sound like, ‘Who’s going to provide for your family if you were to get hurt?’ Or, ‘Who’s going to take care of everything that you do now?’

I want them to be mindful of what their situation is, and try to look ahead and make sure everything is safe. I want them to be doing the best they can to where they’re not going to get injured, or allowing for somebody else to get injured either.

Have you ever had an incident that changed you, and how did you approach it with your role?

I’ve seen many things happen; all of it shapes you. You realize how important things are and how important it is to watch what you’re doing and to practice safety.

When I worked at the prison, I saw officers get injured and assaulted. It makes you realize how important it is to do proper shakedowns and searches and then to be sure weapons get moved, as a few examples for that environment.

Everything goes back to making sure you do what you’re supposed to do to make sure everything is safe for you and for others. As far as equipment, of course, make sure you do your proper checks on that and make sure things positioned proper way so you don’t get injured.

I saw one person get hurt on a man lift. He almost crushed himself underneath some pipes because he was facing the wrong direction and operated the way he thought it was going to go, and it went the opposite direction.

Situations like that push you to try to do a little better, and make sure people realize how serious it is. It’s just the little things that can get someone hurt.

What do you want everyone to know about safety?

Again, ‘safety’ is just not just for yourself, it’s for everyone around you. You could always get somebody else hurt, if not yourself hurt!

You want to be sure to look at your livelihood for your family and the other person’s family or whoever’s around you, too. Working in this industry, it’s great big brotherhood, and a lot of the workers look out for each other and if somebody gets hurt – no matter where – they will come together and try to help that family out. It’s all a brotherhood, and being your brother’s keeper.

What is your superpower? 

Being able to relate, and to communicate on a personal level to someone so that they know they aren’t ‘just’ another employee or ‘just’ a number to the organization.

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