Safety Is Part Of Your Job - 12/04/2011

Safety E-QuickTips
U.S. Compliance Systems, Inc.
Monday, December 4, 2011
Safety E-QuickTips is a weekly email designed to help Employers and Employees start their
week with a short thought about safety in the workplace.
Safety is Part of Your Job
Recently a company safety director was put in a somewhat unique situation. It went
something like this.

While walking a project he came across a safety hazard. When he asked one of the
employees to correct the hazard, the employee's words were "It's not my job." The
employee proceeded to rant on and on about how he had been exposed to other hazards
during the day and no one had done anything about them.
When the safety director asked if he had brought this to anyone's attention the employee
said he had not. By the end of the conversation it was clear to the safety director that this
employee had no intention of correcting this or any other hazards that he or others may be
exposed to.
If you are an employee on any jobsite, it's important for you to understand that safety is
part of your job.
When you are assigned to perform a task, the assumption is that the task will be
accomplished in a professional manner. There is no expectation that somebody else will
have to finish your job because you are off seeking medical attention for an injury received
by virtue of sloppy safety practices.
While you are being paid to "ply your trade," you are also being paid to ply your trade
safely. In addition to being company policy, it's the law!

Normally, when you get caught breaking the law, you go through some sort of court process
and are fined or, if really serious, incarcerated. Seldom is a law breaker caught the first
time out.
It is the same with safety. You skimp on this safety rule, or you avoid that safety procedure,
or you fail to use a certain required item of PPE and nothing happens -- at first. But as you
develop these unsafe habits and flaunt your invulnerability, slowly but surely, the odds of
getting injured start turning against you. You'll get caught -- you'll get injured.
The point is needless accidents are just that -- needless. There is no justification for not
following basic safety rules. If you don't know what they are -- ask. When it comes to
safety, there are no foolish questions.Remember safety is part of your job and you always need to understand what type of
safety precautions are appropriate for your job and follow them religiously.
If you are a safety director or in management and run across an employee similar to the
one I discussed above, you may want to take similar actions that his company did. The
employee was removed from the job site, eliminating his ability to cause harm to himself or
to others working with him.
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