Protecting Our Precious Assets
It never ceases to surprise me that we may willingly behave in a way that may endanger ourselves and others without a thought to the consequences and the loss that may incur.
But, then it’s our attitude which controls our behavior and of course it’s our behavior that causes so many mishaps, near misses, accidents and health issues. So lets’s take our safety seriously and start fostering positive attitudes to health and safety in all areas of our lives. Let’s protect our most precious assets.
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People who are successful in life, or are just happy, tend to have a positive attitude and so it is with safety. If you have a positive safety attitude you will embrace safety matters in all aspects of your life. You will be far less prone to have accidents, your family will be safer and you will have a positive code to live by.
Look out for one another…
It’s important that we must look out for one another. If someone tells you that you are not doing something in a safe manner, please don’t become defensive. They are just looking out for your well-being. If you simply get a little careless, be happy that someone cares enough to get you back on track. If you see someone doing something unsafe, speak up, but tactfully. We can all be here to help each other.
Look at it this way..
Safety rules and procedures can be undeniably boring……
BUT they are written to protect you. They are not deliberately written to make your work life more uncomfortable or inconvenient.
Let the safety guys with their red hats deal with the procedures, form filling and audits (they do a great job), but let’s face it, we can’t all be like them….
Be aware that their safety rules can’t cover everything, so lookout for flaws in the rules and procedures and report them to the guys in the red hats….They’ll love you for it!
Watch out for hazards as you walk around your home town, report them to council or whoever is responsible. Be active in your positive attitude to safety, take action and make things happen.
And have fun…
One of the best ways to embrace safety is to include safety issues into your personal mission statement. The concept of a mission statement was first brought to my attention by the late Stephen Covey who pioneered so many free thinking ideas. I have used his notion of adopting a personal mission statement for the past 15 years and it’s guided me through so many difficult decisions.
So let’s go to the Mission Statement, because without a statement of mission how would we know how to proceed.