I’m just not that into safety anymore
I have spoken with a number of Managers over the past few months who have argued with me that ‘safety’ in our workplaces means that we must do everything we can to control people so that they do not hurt themselves at work. These people have said to me, “we can’t let dangerous things go untouched”; “we can’t let people make choices that may lead to them being injured” and “doing everything that is reasonably practical means that we have to have systems, and people have to follow them”.
We recently asked “What is Safety”? and got quite a mixed response but I think this article by Dr Rob just about nails it! A free copy of Dr Long’s latest book: “Real Risk” to the best comment below and to the best caption for what Mrs Potato Head TM is saying.
Safety Should NOT Be About Safety
“if your world is just about safety, then your world is too small”
I often get called into organisations under some concern about safety, many see my work as something about ‘behaviors’ but that is not what I am on about. Some think my writing is about safety but its not, and some want me to give ‘fixit’ type stories and illustrations on how to improve safety at work, but I don’t. Can I just say this, if your world is just about safety, then your world is too small.