5 Factors That Could Affect Your Safety
Let’s talk about the importance of attitude on your safety.
What are some ways we can maintain a good attitude, especially considering all the information and change swirling around us?
You can work on your safety attitude by remembering five key things:
- FOCUS. A good safety attitude means you stay focused on the task. How well are you concentrating on the job? If you have other things on your mind, you may be distracted. And if you’re distracted (or bored), an accidental slip is easy.
- STRENGTH. This isn’t about bench pressing. In this context, strength means the strength to do the right thing, even when you’re under pressure to take shortcuts. A good safety attitude means you have the strength to stick with what you know is the right way of doing something – the safe way.
- TIME. A good safety attitude means taking time to do things correctly and using the right PPE. Is saving a few seconds worth a lifelong injury? If you add up the lifetime costs of injuries (hospital bills, medication, physical therapy, not to mention all the time you’ll spend on the phone with the insurance company), it’s obviously cheaper to do the job the right way the first time.
- RESPONSIBILITY. If you truly care about your team, you’ll take responsibility even when a task “isn’t my job” A good safety attitude means thinking of yourself as part of the team and thinking of the team as an extension of yourself.
- RISK. A good safety attitude means being smart and avoid taking unnecessary risks.