, I organized my “safety” bookshelf after gathering several stacks of books scattered around my office. I have accumulated a significant library over the years in support of my training
, safety and industrial hygiene activities. Many are recommended references and textbooks for the environmental, health and safety profession. Click on the photo to get a closer look at the titles.
It occurred to me that my bookshelf provides additional evidence of why many managers and company owners see a barrier when it comes to safety. I don’t mean the expense involved in buying the books. I’m referring to the implied expertise required to find
, interpret and apply the appropriate information and guidance. It’s not unlike the perception of a “forlorn hope.” This perception suggests that safety is not without great perseverance and incredible expense.
Are these books required for establishing and building a Safely Working™ Environment in a workplace? Is safety really a “forlorn hope?” Certainly not. I’m confident many successful safety programs have been established without these books
, even before the Internet existed. A Safely Working™ Environment is more than safety, it’s how things get done. It doesn’t take a huge budget to make it happen.
That doesn’t mean these books aren’t useful. They’re great when you have a program already. They are very helpful when you know what you need. But
, if you aren’t sure what you are looking for
, these books can be overwhelming. That’s why The Safely Working Project is focused on assisting employers build a Safely Working™ Environment in their place of work.
It doesn’t take books to create a Safely Working™ Environment. It takes supervisors and employees using “Sensible Care.” Safe 6® needs to be the one workplace rule that rules them all! It really works when an employer is committed to Safely Working™ 100% of the Time. It doesn’t take a technical library to do it.
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The Safely Working Project is focused wholly on employees and their health and well-being in the workplace. The Project promotes useful guidance that does not depend on a safety professional or staff to facilitate in the workplace.
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.”