Wednesday, July 29, 2009

At The Very Least: Make Safety an Equal

The people who're truly responsible for safety are the same people who are responsible for production, quality, cost, schedules, rewards, recognition, promotion and discipline. That's because every interaction between supervisors, managers and people on the front-line helps to determine what the workers believe about safety's role in the organization. Be honest: are workers really empowered and inspired to do every task safely? Or do they believe that the only way to keep looking good is to get the job done quickly and cost effectively?

For true safety leaders, the priority given to safety is not subject to change. It is a value that complements quality, cost and productivity. True safety leaders understand that embracing safety as a value creates an environment where people are motivated to excel and reach every business goal -- without ever putting themselves at risk of an injury.

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