Safety Attitude Matters
OSHA writes safety standards, and the company you work for has a written safety program. Nevertheless, rules and regulations mean little if you don’t have a positive attitude about safety. Accidents don’t just happen. They are caused. Your decisions either increase or decrease the likelihood of accidents on this site. Your safety attitude, or how you consciously and unconsciously think about safety, shapes those decisions, significantly impacting your and your co-workers’ safety.
Don’t be the person with a poor safety attitude. At some point, we have all encountered someone with a poor attitude. They believe that safety is not their responsibility but that of the supervisors or safety officers. They disregard all safety rules, are reckless, and ignore the safety training they’ve received. Housekeeping isn’t on their daily schedule. Their goal is to avoid wearing personal protective equipment, and they always find excuses not to wear it. They only care about safety issues if they affect their work.
When we are talking about safety, there is no such thing as just good enough. “No harm, no foul” works when you are playing a pickup game, but it doesn’t work for safety. Not getting hurt doesn’t mean you were safe. An “I don’t care” attitude leads to complacency and inattention, which can cause accidents. Everyone must follow the rules, everyone must avoid hazards, and everyone needs to have a positive safety attitude. The likelihood of getting or causing an injury is reduced when one has a positive attitude.
People with a positive attitude about safety use their training to eliminate or control workplace hazards. Most importantly, they take steps to protect themselves and others.
People with positive safety attitudes:
- Make safety a part of the way you do things.
- Avoid distractions such as horseplay, personal worries, and mobile devices.
- Always use PPE when required.
- If you see something, say something. If you see an unsafe condition, fix it, or let someone know.
- Participate in training, take notes, ask questions, and be engaged.
- If you don’t know, it is okay to say so. Ask questions whenever you are unsure how to do a job safely.
- It’s okay to ask for help when you need it, and it’s okay to offer to help someone else.
- Lead by example.
Good safety habits and a positive attitude work together. Good habits and a positive attitude reduce accidents that result in injuries.