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A Question of Safety: What Would You Do?

Julie Copeland

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Have you ever seen the show What Would You Do? It’s a hidden camera series on ABC hosted by John Quinones that focuses on a situation and whether or not bystandersWhat Would You Do? intervene, and how.

I have watched this show and often find it fascinating simply because so many people will ignore a wrong and not get involved.

Our safety specialists see this type of behavior on a daily basis when we first start working with a new customer. As a company dedicated to assessing worker safety and keeping workers safe, we see a lot in the workplace. Unfortunately, we see some safety managers and workers appear to have blinders on in some situations. It’s as if they feel they are impervious to accidents… that it can’t happen to them. So many will cut corners with safety and tempt fate.

So I ask the question, What Would You Do if you worked at a facility where you saw the following?

A small water spill on the lunchroom or restroom floor…

An electrical cord that crosses an aisle…

Workers that remove safety gloves to finish a task because their hands have become sweaty…

Workers not wearing a hard hat in a restricted area…

Workers who don’t have a good understanding of what to do in an emergency…

Workers wearing hearing protection that does not fit properly... or not wearing hearing protection where noise levels are high…

Would you ignore it? Would you bring it to someone’s attention and voice your concern? Would you intervene and try to fix it?

What Would You Do?

How about fix the problem? How about reporting the incident or the near miss? How about bringing it to the attention of the managers and workers so that it does not become an issue? How about getting involved and owning safety even if it is not your specific area? How about rewarding those who make mangement aware of a safety issue? How about celebrating safety and injury-free work days?

We see quite a few well-meaning operations that fall short of keeping their workers safe. We also see many cases where employees have not embraced safety beyond the basics. These organizations do not have a culture of safety.

In a culture of safety, workers are empowered to take action. They are responsible for safety and the safety of their coworkers. Their leaders understand the value of safety and are visibly committed to changing the environment for the better. They own safety and continually demonstrate their commitment to safety, and provide resources to achieve positive results.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has reported that developing strong safety cultures has the single greatest impact on accident reduction of any process. OSHA believes that developing these cultures should be top priority for all managers and supervisors.

At Arbill, we have a common purpose. The goal is not about selling Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Our mission is to reduce injuries and protect workers. It is only through reducing injuries and keeping workers safe that we reach our ultimate goal. And that has nothing to do with how many gloves or eyewear or trainings that we provide. It’s about helping workers perform at their best with confidence and knowing they will be safe. We do what we do to ensure that every employee makes it home at the end of the day the way they left that morning.

That is our passion. Our employees embrace it. Our employees don’t ignore the cord on the floor or the water spill or the equipment that was not returned to its proper place. For us, it’s about being safe every minute of every day. And that safety, that reduction in injuries not only makes the workers safer, but it makes our customers more productive and more profitable.

Training, diligence and proper safety equipment are instrumental elements to reducing workplace accidents and injuries, but when it comes to bringing workers home safely at the end of the day, it is not always enough. Education and PPE combined with commitment take workplace safety to the next level.  Arbill offers a wide range of resources. From whitepapers and single page flyers that cover a variety of safety topics, to our Vantage EH&S training services from the most experienced trainers in the field, Arbill is prepared to meet all of your safety training needs.

For more information about our safety training services, visit Arbill.com or call us at 800.523.5367. See for yourself how our commitment to worker safety will have a positive impact on not only keeping your workers safe and helping your company be more productive, but also saving you money on costly injuries and downtime.

Have a safe day!

Topics: Arbill, culture of safety, accident prevention, workplace safety, safe work environment, OSHA, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

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