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Safety Management Insights

14 Quotes to Strengthen Your Safety Culture

Posted by Doug Shoemaker on Aug 7, 2014 8:30:00 AM

safety_culture_quotesLooking for some inspiration to create a stronger safety culture? These quotes from famous safety professionals and public figures will provoke some thought.

These are timeless words to live by from safety and leadership experts throughout history. Share them in your emails, or use them to create posters.


"Measuring performance by the number of injuries you have is like measuring parenting by the number of smacks you give." -Dr. Robert Long

"Safety is not an intellectual exercise to keep us in work. It is a matter of life and death. It is the sum of our contributions to safety management that determines whether the people we work with live or die." -Sir Brian Appleton, safety assessor

"Safety is not a gadget, but a state of mind." -Eleanor Everet, safety expert

"If you put good people in bad systems, you get bad results. You have to water the flowers you want to grow." -Stephen Covey

"A chain is only as strong as its weakest link." -unknown

"Better to be late in this world, instead of early to the next." -unknown

"Don't do something detrimental to yourself. In hurting yourself, you obviously do damage to you, but you are part of the team, so when you damage yourself via a poor choice, you are hurting the team as well." -Matt Forck

"Shortcuts cut life short." -unknown

"Whether you think you can or you think you can't, you are right." -Henry Ford

"You are your own last line of defense in safety. It all boils down to you." -Kina Repp, workplace accident survivor and motivational speaker

"To one who believes that really good industrial conditions are the hope for a machine civilization, nothing is more heartening than to watch conference methods and education replacing police methods." -Frances Perkins, Secretary of Labor

"Error is pervasive. The unexpected is pervasive... What is not pervasive are well-developed skills to detect and contain these errors at their early stages." -Karl E. Weick, author, Managing the Unexpected

"A health and safety problem can be described by statistics but cannot be understood by statistics. It can only be understood by knowing and feeling the pain, anguish and depression and shattered hopes of the victim and of the wives, husbands, parents, children, grandparents, and friends..." -George Robotham, safety advocate

"An incident is just the tip of the iceberg, a sign of a much larger problem below the surface." -Don Brown, Owner, Director of Software Products and Services for BasicSafe

Creating a culture of safety starts at the top, with employers who recognize the need for processes that are easy to follow. A great place to get inspiration for safety is in your own organization.

What do your leaders have to say about safety?

What do your employees have to say about safety?

Encouraging employees to watch out for themselves may help increase safety culture, but encouraging them to care about and watch out for each other will increase safety culture.

If your organization has a negative attitude towards safety, focus on the things they do believe in. Learn how to leverage things like safety bonuses and a family focus so that employees see you care about the same things they care about. Helping your company realize that everyone who works there is on the same team and cares about each other will not only increase safety culture but will also increase company culture, quality, and productivity.

We understand that getting everyone on the same page can be difficult, and sometimes getting there makes you feel more like the safety police rather than someone who cares about your people.

If you want to have a better safety culture we recommend an EHS software like BasicSafe. Reach out today by clicking the link below for a free demo and we can show you exactly how it can make your job easier!

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