It’s easy to get caught up in the technical—and often complicated—aspects of safety and lose sight of the big picture. Rules and regulations are important, but they can never replace sound judgment and clear thinking when it comes to creating a culture of safety.

“What if” is the key question to ask when faced with any choice. This is applicable to creating a culture of safety in your company and creating a healthy atmosphere in your home.

  • What if this tool fails?
  • What if I slip?
  • What if it’s not locked out?
  • What if that person does something unexpected?
  • What if I don’t speak up?
  • What if my employees (or family members) don’t know what I assume they should know?
  • What if things don’t go as I expect them to?
  • What if I don’t do this?

In other words, will I be okay with the results if the unanticipated happens?

Be exceptional

Average employees focus on finishing a job quickly on time and on budget. Exceptional employees engage their analytical nature. They think about the work to be done, focus on properly completing the work, and then think about the work they just completed.

The best managers and leaders extend this thoughtful analysis to the work of their employees, providing feedback for encouragement or improvement.

How does cycle this relate to health and safety issues? It means going beyond the letter of the law when it comes to safety rules and regulations, engaging the mind to understand the purpose of safety standards, anticipating potential unexpected consequences, and creating a workplace where there are no regrets.

To learn more about creating a safety and health program in your company, contact DSD Insurance at 205 621-1770


Every employee has the same expectation: To go home safely every day.
Many employees, however, have differing perspectives about how that will be accomplished. Many see safety as an
add-on, with a focus on punishing those who fail to follow their company’s safety rules. Others see it as a waste of
time: After years of working at the same job, they are confident in their ability to do their job the right way, and they
are resistant to outside opinions and advice. These differences are based on employees’ worldview, a combination of
their experiences and philosophy of life.

Employers need to help employees see safety in a different way. Instead of seeing safety as an add-on or an
enforcement-driven program, try to create a mindset of employees respecting themselves and others.

In a nutshell: personal responsibility.

All employees have goals and dreams for their lives that require a healthy and functioning body. All employees want
to work for a company that is thriving. Achieving these goals can only be accomplished in a safe workplace, and
that takes a team effort. It means:

• Looking out for each other
• Operating within the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rules and guidelines
• Identifying behaviors that keep employees safe

Safety isn’t about rules. It’s about keeping people healthy. It’s about helping the company succeed. And it’s about
taking personal responsibility for our actions.

When everyone takes responsibility for complying with safety regulations, the need for enforcement disappears.

To learn more about creating a safety and health program in your company, contact us at 205 903-9771