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Synesis™ Safety


What is Synesis™ Safety?

The concept of Synesis™ Safety understands that employees may be faced with tough decisions between working safely or taking shortcuts in less-than-ideal situations. Synesis helps everyone by taking a proactive approach to promote safety in the workplace by identifying and addressing actions that may put individuals at risk, and it does it in real-time. These risky behaviors often disregard standard safety procedures and can lead to harmful consequences.

Synesis brings a unique perspective on safety and can be integrated into various safety protocols, such as Job Safety Assessments, tailgate safety meetings, observations, permits, audits, planning, and training.  

A successful safety program involves recognizing risks and giving employees a feedback loop to address hazards, reinforce safe behavior, praise positive actions, and understand unsafe acts or conditions. This continuous improvement of conditions and behaviors in the workplace creates a strong safety culture where unsafe conditions are dealt with and not ignored, often in real-time by employees themselves.

Comments from
Synesis™ Safety Classes

“I liked the content and think it was spot on.  This is very deep and I believe it.  Thank you for helping me see I'm not the only one who thinks this way.  I will seek to understand first.”

“I finally understand a safety goal of Zero is achievable and not just a flavor of the month.”

“I really liked the redirection (from what I was used to) for the use and purpose of safety observations.”

"I liked the in depth discussions of complex safety issues.  Very thought provoking."


"I liked the message and the presentation!  It really makes you think & hope to change my behavior & help influence my co-workers behaviors toward safety!"

"I liked the real life examples and stories shared.  I liked the insight into beliefs being a factor in changing behavior.  I believe it!  I also liked the class discussions."​

The Origin of Synesis™ Safety


Failsafe Network's foundation is Latent Cause Analysis™.  Latent Cause Analysis™ is a process used to understand why things go wrong AFTER an incident occurs.  Synesis uses the concepts of LCA BEFORE an incident occurs.


Every failure investigation has one thing in common; unresolved small problems cause Big problems.  Therefore, Failsafe continually encourages clients to focus on unresolved small problems.  They are easier to address and understand.  In addition, the very same Latent Causes that cause small problems are the ones that will cause Big problems.


In short, Latent Cause Analysis is a great process that improves reliability, changes the way people think, and addresses smaller and smaller problems in order to avoid significant incidents in the future.  With this in mind, we realized that the concept of Latency can be used in real-time to address very small problems known as At-Risk Behaviors.  That is why Failsafe has developed Synesis Safety.  Synesis is from Greek and new Latin and means to bring together, to understand.  Understanding is the key to behavior change.  Most philosophies believe positive reinforcement will change behavior, but they struggle to produce lasting change.  That is why Failsafe has combined the ability of LCA to change behaviors with a straightforward application to real-time Safety Programs to identify and address the true causes of At-Risk Behaviors, Latency.  This happens in real-time through a profound process that results in people changing and, therefore, organizations improving.

“Changing the behavior of people … is the most important challenge for businesses trying to compete in a turbulent world.”

Dr. John Kotter

Harvard Business School

In order to avoid complacency, continuously improve, and maintain a healthy balance in life it's important to adjust one's way of thinking. Encouragement, bribery, threats, or punishment cannot bring about lasting success. As humans, we have limitations in terms of how much work we can handle before our performance starts to

Latent Cause Analysis is the key to understanding and change.

decline. To attain sustainable success, we need to change our mindset. It’s essential to comprehend the significance of latency in accomplishing our objectives. Check out one of our Synesis™ Safety classes today!

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