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Do You See the Elephant?

Safely Working— we’ve associated that phrase with everything.  There’s a nuance to Safely Working™ that distinguishes it from working safely.  Grammatically, there is no difference.  But, it makes all the difference in the world as far as The Safely Working Project is concerned.

If you’ve been following our discussions over the past 12 months we’ve built a strong case for Safely Working.   In fact we’ve been talking around a very important characteristic all thmshat time.  Maybe you know what that is. If so, you get it!  If not, you will shortly.  From our viewpoint it’s the gravy that holds the stew together; it’s the frosting on the cake; it is the cherry on top of the sundae.

Not to be confused with Safety, Safely Working™ influences all aspects of a workplace including training, supervision, processes and procedures in real-time.  Safety is the science that quantifies Safely Workingas it reflects on business success (profit) or failure (loss).  Safely Working™ is not an ancillary or staff function like safety or HR, but one of the required ingredients for assuring quality.  Accordingly, Safely Working™ is arguably a part of an organization’s mission whether stated or not.

Safely Working™ encourages employees to use Sensible Care, not common sense.  It is the employer’s responsibility to assure the Sensible aspect of Safely Working™ guidance and information through training and mentoring.  The Care aspect is the employee’s responsibility to use the guidance provided by the employer correctly and safely.

Safely Working™ is facilitated through the adoption and implementation of Safe 6® in the workplace.  Safe 6® encompasses all aspects of getting the job done.  It does not work in isolation to the task.  It is integral to the task.  Safe 6® provides a frame of reference for procedures, practices, plans and programs.

So, that’s what Safely Working™ does even though we never state exactly what Safely Working™ is.  Well, it’s about time we told you.

Working is an activity;
Safely is a description;
Working Safely is an expectation;
But, Safely Working is a VALUE.

Yes, Safely Working™ is a Value like dedication and honesty.  Remember it this way……

Safety is a Science—Safely Working™ is a Value!

That’s the elephant.  It’s been there the whole time.


©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 envisions a path 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.”