The Meadville Tribune – Vision Edition 2/22/15

We had the opportunity to promote The Safely Working Project in The Meadville Tribune in February.  Here is a copy of the article we supplied to The Tribune.  We are grateful for the opportunity to publicize our efforts.  As we’ve posted in the past, safety isn’t sexy, but who can ignore free assistance that will promote Safely Working?



©2015 The Safely Working Project & P.D. Shafer III

“Safe 6” is a registered trademark of Trailmarker Ltd.
“Safely Working” is a trademark of Trailmarker Ltd.


Is Safety Sexy?…… and other questions of the Universe!

With the new year, it’s a good time to reflect on the past 6 months since the announcement of The Safely Working Project.  It’s been an extremely busy time as what started out as a concept over 12 months ago has grown into a fully developed program and system focused on employees and supervisors Safely Working 100% of the time.  Not that it was all created in that time, because so much of it is derived from notes and content I developed over the past 25 plus years.

There are moments I wonder if it’s worth the continued investment of time and money.  If Facebook and LinkedIn “Likes” and “Followers” were used as a bellwether I’d be a greeter somewhere.  Yet, the “Introducing The Safely Working Project Tour” this past fall suggested otherwise.  Presentations and conversations were all positive and feedback encouraging.  As a result, I continue to be very excited and passionate about the Project.

However, my passion alone is not enough to promote The Safely Working Project to the level I’m targeting.  The challenge is two-fold.   The first is to prepare an effective message.  That’s within my control.  The second is to develop a receptive audience.  There’s the rub as it’s mostly outside of my ability to control.  Why is that?

A good catchy message should generate interest and with some work, propagate itself if it’s meaningful and helpful.  Unfortunately, it’s not that simple as there is a substantial perception issue to transcend.  In reality, safety is not very exciting.  Not only that, safety is anathema for some employers.  I’m not saying they are against being safe.  They are rightly or wrongly biased against what “safety” represents to their business operation.  Just mention OSHA to an employer.  That’s what they think when you talk about “Safety.”  I don’t believe there’s enough smoke and mirrors to change that perception.

Consequently, I need to concentrate on the message.  More than that, I must dissociate The Safely Working Project from the maligned perception of “Safety.”  To tell the truth, that has been part of the design from the beginning.  The Safely Working Project is focused on employees and supervisors using the active ingredients in the Safety Stew including training and leadership.  (Take a minute and read this post.)

“Safety” has traditionally been trickle down…..lots of responsibility resting on just a few. But everyone has responsibility for Safely Working.  That’s why The Safely Working Project is about “Safely Working from the Ground Up!”  That’s our message.  We will continue to make the case for Safely Working 100% of the Time.

Oh, by the way…… the answer is no, safety is not sexy.   We’ll have that talk another day.


©2015 The Safely Working Project & P.D. Shafer III

“Safe 6” is a registered trademark of Trailmarker Ltd.
“Safely Working” is a trademark of Trailmarker Ltd.

Safety Stew — Will They Come Back For More?

Safety Stew Ingredients
  • Fillers: accident investigation; worker comp management; record-keeping
  • Inactive ingredients:  environmental management; security; human resources
  • Active ingredients: management commitment; risk analysis; training; supervision; plans and procedures; safety promotion

The world of workplace safety, or safety stew for the sake of discussion, is made up of a variety of ingredients.  Many of the ingredients are inactive or just fillers as they may have little or no impact — it is the active ingredients that are important and essential to the success of the Stew.  Of course, this is measured by how many people eat the stew and come back for more!

It’s important that the safety stew is not overwhelmed or dominated by the fillers and inactive ingredients.  If this happens, fewer people will eat it and are less likely to try it again, even with a new and improved recipe.  Additionally, when inactive ingredients overwhelm the stew, it is an indication of bad ingredients, not following the recipe, or not blending and cooking the ingredients properly.

So if we apply our stew analogy to workplace safety, the more attention paid to the active ingredients of safety will result in a flourishing Safely Working Environment.  The Safely Working Project is focused on the most important active ingredients of the Safety Stew.  How’s your Stew?


©2014 The Safely Working Project & P.D. Shafer III
©2015 The Safely Working Project & P.D. Shafer III

“Safe 6” is a registered trademark of Trailmarker Ltd.
“Safely Working” is a trademark of Trailmarker Ltd.


While we believe what The Safely Working Project is promoting is useful to all employers and safety professionals, our efforts are directed at those small businesses that can’t afford or don’t have a safety professional to facilitate workplace safety.

The Safely Working Project is an approach to workplace safety that is driven by employees and supervisors.  This is fundamentally different from the traditional Safety Program where an EHS Professional manages workplace safety.  So, instead of top down safety, Safely Working™ endeavors to succeed from the ground up. “We’re turning safety upside down.”