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Make a Personal Commitment to Safety

08.04.15   Mark A. Halloway, OHST | More by this Author

Make a Personal Commitment to Safety

Have you ever decided to break a safety rule? How long did it take for you to decide? It only takes a moment to decide to break a safety rule, yet that one moment could change your life forever.

Are you completely committed to the safety of yourself, your coworkers, friends, and family? Have you been taking risks and getting away with it? Don't expect your luck to hold out indefinitely. No one ever plans an accident. It is an unplanned event. No one wakes up in the morning and drives to work thinking, "I’ll get in an accident today so I'd better buckle up." You have to recognize a traffic accident could always occur and wear the seatbelt whenever you drive. That's why it is important to have a personal commitment to safety. If you are committed to routinely following safety guidelines set by your organization, then you will routinely help prevent accidents and injuries.

What is gained by taking a chance? Think about a time when you've risked your personal safety. You saved a minute or two of time or added a small amount of convenience? Is a little bit of time or convenience really worth chancing personal injury or death? Don't sacrifice your future health and welfare by taking a chance. Every time you're tempted to take a chance by ignoring safety rules, ask yourself if it's really worth the risk. Your coworkers, family, and friends will thank you for making the right decision.

Keeping a strong commitment to safety isn’t easy. What interferes with your commitment to safety? Do your peers think it is ridiculous or too costly to take time for safety? Consider taking a stand for safety and setting an example for your peers. By committing to safety 100% of the time, you can help reverse the peer pressure that sometimes causes unsafe behavior. By maintaining such exemplary behavior, you may find that the peer pressure to ignore safety has given way to earning the respect of your peers.

It's normal for your commitment to safety to fluctuate. Unfortunately, it tends to be strong just after a close call or perhaps for a few days after you hear about an accident and then the commitment wanes, only to be strengthened again by another accident or incident. Simply recognizing this pattern can help you avoid it. You can keep your commitment to safety strong by remembering the commitment is for you. Having a personal commitment to safety and keeping it strong are more important than any safety program, procedure, or rule. In fact, here at SME, our programs, procedures, and rules depend on a strong personal commitment to safety from each Team Member!

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