Good Morning Team!
Did you know that June is National Safety Month? Since we are now into the second week of June, I thought I had better remind you that the National Safety Council (NSC), along with numerous other organizations, wants to direct our focus on safety in the home and workplace at this time of year. And being reminded should help us to always keep safety in the forefront of our daily actions and tasks. We all have a vested interest in this as I am sure we all want and deserve to go home in the same shape that we came to work in. Being safe in our diverse work environment takes dedication and perseverance. You can’t take shortcuts here and expect to avoid accident or injury.
We have all faced those situations where the stress of whatever task we are involved in might cause us to fail to think about safety, or perhaps even break safety rules, but take just a moment before you do something like that in the future and ask yourself how much longer will whatever you’re trying to accomplish take, if an accident does occur. Contrary to the slogan from the exercise realm “No Pain – No Gain,” getting hurt at work has no benefit at all other than perhaps a warning to others to not make the same mistake. Is that what you want to be remembered for? There is a need for safety in everything that we do, it never takes a break or vacation and the danger of forgetting about it is always lurking just around the corner ready to strike the moment our focus is elsewhere. Ignoring what needs to be done to remain safe is like believing; “It’ll never happen to me.”
But safety isn’t as daunting a task as it seems. You just have to be intentional about it. We cannot allow ourselves to become complacent about hazard assessment and mitigation. Every task has risks, but they can all be mitigated to the lowest possibility of occurrence. If after that has been done and the hazard or risk is still too high – we must be able to ascertain or recognize this though – then seeking professional assistance is the only option. Sometimes mitigating the remaining hazard requires specialized equipment or training that isn’t feasible for one reason or another for us to attain. This is not a statement of defeat, it is simply one of fact. In the maintenance field, and perhaps in other aspects of our business as well, we are often “jacks of all trades,” but when it comes to our ultimate safety, we may need the “master.”
As this month rolls on, let’s try and remind each other that June is National Safety Month. It’s a good way to start a conversation about safety. By the way, if you never talk about it, does it really exist? Provide some encouragement to those that you do see working safely by telling them that you noticed. If you happen to see someone working unsafely then give them a head’s up and let them know you noticed that as well. You might just turn out to be the reason they get to go home accident or injury free that day. In all that you do be intentional about safety, you’re just playing the odds otherwise.
I hope you all have a great and safe week!
Dir. of Facilities Services