We all take safety for granted. We feel that it’s something that is supposed to be there when we come to work. Few ever question the safety record of a medical practice when they are applying for a job. I have interviewed hundreds of potential applicants over the past 10 years for several medical practices. Safety has never even been brought up unless I brought it up. When I approached the attitude one should have toward safety, most people don’t even know how to respond because they really never even gave it that much thought.
Now that’s scary. If they don’t have safety in the forefront of their minds, then will they know how to be preventative rather than reactive when danger or injury appears imminent? As employers, we must all make safety its own culture in the workplace. It’s not only the law, it’s the right thing to do.
This article comes out of a personal passion and dedication of commitment to safety in the workplace. As a retired national corporate safety manager for a major public corporation, my role was to develop, facilitate, and manage an overall safety program for employees and customers.
Safety culture comes from the top down, and never from the bottom up. Safety is a must have, not a nice to have. Make safety a part of your mission statement, and follow through.