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Safe Work Habits

September 3, 2013

Good Bad habits

We all have habits.  You may have heard that it takes 21 days to form a habit.  Whether they are good habits or bad habits, when we do something, we don’t give it a second thought.  Now, relate those habits to Safe Work Habits.  Are your work habits safe?

Take a look at the below Poem.

I’m your constant companion. I’m your greatest helper – I’m your heaviest burden.
I will push you onward or drag you down to failure – I am at your command.

Half the tasks you do might as well be turned over to me – I’m able to do them quickly and I’m able to do them the same every time, if that’s what you want.

I’m easily managed; all you’ve got to do is be firm with me.
Show me exactly how you want it done and, after a few lessons, I’ll do it automatically.

I am the servant of all great men and women and, of course, servant to the failures as well. I’ve made all the great people who have ever been great – And, I’ve made all the failures too.

But I work with all the precision of a marvelous computer, with the intelligence of a human being.  

You may run me for profit or you may run me to ruin; it makes no difference to me.

Take me, be firm with me and I’ll put the world at your feet – Be easy with me and I will destroy you!

Who am I?  I am a Habit

How complacent have you become in your everyday routine?  From walking, riding your bike, driving a vehicle, to those everyday routines like sleeping, eating and drinking, all of which we do automatically.  The same goes for work; from walking around a corner with that cup of coffee, to leaving a desk drawer open, to operating that piece of equipment, to running into that shop for a minute without Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).  Do you ever break rules or take shortcuts?  How much of this is part of your routine or do you make a conscious effort to make sure you do these things safety?

Using Safety Habits will help us achieve that goal of ZERO Injury or ZERO Incidents.  Watch where you are walking, close that desk drawer, use those guards, lock out the machines, and wear your PPE – EVERYTIME.  Safety habits are taught and learned.  It takes time for us to reach the level where we do things safely – out of habit.  Once you have made those Safety Habits, we stop falling into that trap of breaking the rules and taking those shortcuts.

Make your habits, Safety Habits.   Reminder, Routine, Reward