Monday, January 14, 2013

A Bad Rap

More times than not, safety gets a bad rap. People hate to see the safety guy coming, because more times than not, he will find some issue that could become a hazard and cause possible injury. If an accident does takes place, though, he becomes the next best thing to sliced bread.

Safety may seem to be a nuisance, but someone has to keep an eye on things. It’s easy for people to get complacent on the job. Even the little things that are pointed out may seem small and insignificant to the supervisor and employees, but if they are not addressed, these little things can change the whole dynamic of the day.

Some companies look at safety as the necessary evil. It can even seem as though you’re throwing money away, but in the long run, a good program can save a company a LOT of money. We must realize how important it is to have a good program in place, and someone to maintain it, to keep things on track. For some tips on how to keep the lines of communication open about safety, see this previous post.

Yes, we safety guys have a knack for getting under people’s skin at times, but don’t shoot the messenger. Take a good look in the mirror. When you get right down to it, safety is everyone’s responsibility.