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?
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