Step 1: Hope someone with a loud voice will shout “FIRE!” before the flames get too high.
Step 2: Have clearly-marked exits for employees to run to. (The second step was optional.)
As time passed and—to put it bluntly—far too many workers were maimed and killed, a third step became common. The new step involved posting written policies in employee break rooms. This step was rooted in the hope that we could scare employees into being safe.
But can you imagine a sign like that on an amusement park ride? Or a city bus? Or an airplane? There would have to be a LOT of days written before people would be willing to get on and ride without feeling at least a little concerned for their safety. So why should an assembly line worker or a carpenter, or any other worker, for that matter, feel any different?
If you are a safety manager, you are responsible for building a culture of safety at your place of employment. This means that you have to keep up with ever-evolving industry standards and procedures. It also means you have to create and implement programs that are unique to the people you work with and the type of business you conduct. You have to know federal and state regulations and scale them into a tailor-made plan.
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