Safety Culture (Who Needs It?)

Advances in the workplace exist today because they evolve.  People cared about the advances that were made.  People were champions of the ideas we enjoy today.  In America people fought and sometimes died to get better working conditions.  People had to organize to see those ideas become a reality.

Is it possible that the American worker today does not have the same dedication to the issue of safety that their ancestors had.  When we read countless stories of workers dying in the most unnecessary ways on the job, can we assume that this generation of workers should just blame themselves?

Our society is one in which things are borne out of struggle.  No it’s not easy to get managers and owners to make investments in safety.  Workers leave it up to others to come up with new ways to provide for their safety.  Ask yourself what ideas, practices and programs have you bought to the workplace that changed the work environment.  Are you collecting a pay check or are you advancing the aims of your organization in a tangible way.  Have you taken the effort to make sure your company increases its market share so that it can make the investments you want to see.

In my work experience I saw a lot of losers and talented people spend their workday and private life criticising others who were making the effort to make sure the organization was progressing.  People lacked the initiative to put a single proposal in writing that would help the organization.  In fact people will spend more time criticising my views than they would working to advance their organization’s profitability and market position.

Collecting a paycheck is a lot of people’s biggest accomplishment on the job.  If you feel unsafe in your work environment ask yourself what have you done this year to improve it?  If your thoughts aren’t in writing just admit you have done nothing.  Be an American and help improve this country’s work environment.


About managingemergencies

I am a professional consultant with 30 years of experience in managing emergencies. My background and skills gave me the foundation to start Systems Emergency Preparedness Consultants. If you need preparedness training or would like to have a preparedness discussion for your employees contact me via email at I held various positions in the Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department until I retired in 2007. As a emergency planner and trainer in the Prince George's County Office of Homeland Security I planned exercises and training for government agencies and citizens groups. I was appointed Fire Chief of the Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department in 2009. I started Systems Emergency Preparedness Consultants in June of that year. I had the opportunity to become the Assistant Fire Chief - Operations of the District of Columbia Fire/EMS Department and served for a year as the Interim Fire Chief. I am a trained mediator, mediator team leader and trainer. I also served as the Fire/EMS Department Equal Employment Opportunity Officer.
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