This is a question that requires some good thinking because traditionally, safety has been considered the most important aspect of any job, activity or business. As a matter of fact, there are many companies today who use the cliché 'Safety 1st...Safety 2nd...Safety 3rd! Believe me, as a safety consultant, I am very quick to accept this; of course, you don't expect less! I grew up in my career reading, hearing and discussing this. So many posters, flyers, banners, etc with the bold inscription "Safety First"
I clearly remembered a situation where a production manager remarked, "If Safety is 1st, 2nd and 3rd, then why are we here"? You safety people should just take charge and produce all for us...Of course, we all laughed, but the production man has a point, which the safety team waved aside!
However, looking at reality that beckons on businesses and projects in recent times, I am having a rethink...perhaps you may call this modern safety, but can safety be 1st, 2nd and 3rd? What will be the last? Production? Quality? Just my thoughts though, hence this post.
What do you think should be the cliché ,'? Safety First or Safety Always or Safety First, Last & Always?
Let's get a go at this and make your comments known. We may just be birthing another reality in our modern day management of safety...we have the opportunity to change the way safety is communicated to others...otherwise, confrontations and repulsions won't stop.
I await your comments....enjoy!