Part of the Safety Solution

When it comes to workplace safety you can be part of the problem or part of the solution

Part of the Safety Solution

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Each day we make decisions that can affect our safety. It’s no secret that almost 90% of incidents are caused by unsafe acts. The things we do or don’t do can lead to an injury or property damage that can be devastating. Since safety comes down to that decision, we each can be a part of the problem or a part of the solution. 

The following are some examples of being a part of the problem:

  • Taking shortcuts during tasks to get the job done quickly
  • Ignoring safety procedures
  • Deciding not to speak up when hazards are present
  • Having a poor attitude about workplace safety
  • Encouraging other employees to not follow safety procedures
  • Supervisors looking the other way instead of dealing with safety concerns
  • Allowing yourself to become easily distracted
  • Removing safety devices on tools and equipment
  • Using equipment you were not trained to operate
  • Not paying attention during safety training

There are many more examples of employees being a part of the problem. Negative attitudes in regard to safety can create some serious workplace hazards or at least allow them to exist. Even if the poor choices we make do not end in an injury, it can influence others to make those same poor choices that can eventually end in an injury. 

The following are some examples of being a part of the solution:

  • Taking responsibility for safety in your area or tasks
  • Being willing to speak up when you see a hazard or potential hazard
  • Being willing to follow safety procedures even if they are inconvenient or take extra time
  • Being willing to challenge a co-worker you see working unsafe
  • Setting a good example for other co-workers, especially new hires
  • Attending safety training with a good attitude and being willing to learn
  • Staying focused on the task at hand
  • Wearing the necessary personal protective equipment when you are faced with a hazard
  • Taking the time to mentor others when it comes to working safely
  • Staying alert and aware of your surroundings, being watchful for potential hazards

Each and every employee makes the decision each day whether they are aware of it or not to be a part of the problem or a part of the solution. If you have been a part of the problem, the good news is that it just takes deciding on your part to start being a part of the solution. It takes effort to be a part of the solution, but it is well worth it when the injuries don’t happen, and every employee can go home healthy each day to their families. 

Bottom line: Remember the three “A’s” to safety. Awareness — being aware of your surroundings. Attitude — have the right attitude about safety. Action — taking the necessary actions to correct hazards.


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