Safety is never far from the forefront of my thought process. We know that safety is the state or condition of being protected from harm. Behavior is the way one acts or conducts oneself, especially towards others.
“Safety is a behavior” means conducting ourselves in a safe manner as well as taking safe actions towards others. This sounds simple enough. Yet, at some point in our lives we have each failed to behave safely when mitigating circumstances influenced our behaviors.
For example, imagine you are on your way to work and you run over a nail. You find yourself on the side of the road changing a tire and you are significantly late for work. That is not how you planned to start your day. What is your state of mind at this moment?
You could be frustrated by the situation and find yourself rushing to get to work as quickly as possible. Negative states of mind are the enemies of safety, the villains of production and they lead us down a slippery slope. We face multiple scenarios on a daily basis that affect your judgement.
To combat the enemies of safety we must first identify our current state of mind and watch the states of mind of co-workers to help them identify any judgement concerns. Realizing our state of mind for ourselves and others will help change our behaviors.
Going back to our example, when you are frustrated, take a deep breath and put things in perspective. Slow down rather than rush. As our safety culture progresses, these ideals are paramount for our success.
On a final note, I leave you with a quote that helps me deal with mitigating factors that can impact my state of mind. “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how we react to it. Attitude is everything!” Play like champions! We are team Pennex and always remember we own safety.
By Will Allison