Setting a good example is not a “put-on.” It is simply working safety into your daily routine at home and on the job. When we all work safely, it means everyone is less likely to get hurt on the job and our futures are more secure.
New employees certainly benefit by seeing operations conducted the safe way. As you all know from experience, people new on the job take a while to adjust and to discover how they fit in the overall set-up of the plant.
New employees who have never held a job before or those who were employed by a firm that had a weak safety program probably will need considerable safety instruction. We try to tell them how to do their job the safe way, but as with everything else, actions speak much louder than words. The actions these new employees will “hear” – and ultimately copy – are yours.
Remember how it was for you the first day on your job. You watched the old hands to see how they did things. You asked them questions, and did what they told you. So I’d like to ask each of you “old hands” to do your new co-workers — and yourself — a favor. Teach the new folks the safe way to work by setting a good example and working safely every day. Don’t take shortcuts. Don’t by-pass guards and safety devices. Do the right thing.
You may think “I don’t have anybody new in my area.” And that may be the case. But you never know when someone with less experience will be watching — and copying — what you do.
New employees aren’t the only ones that need to have a good safety example. Old hands get hurt, too. How many times have you heard these comments?
“Safety equipment is for sissies.”
“I don’t have time to do it the safe way.”
Saying these things – and acting this way -not only puts you at risk, but makes it harder for people who do want to work safely to do so. Don’t be responsible for someone getting hurt because you talked him or her out of wearing the proper safety gear or doing a job the safe way.
You also need to remember how your safe or unsafe actions make our plant look to the visitors we have from time to time. Often these visitors are our customers. It makes our plant look sloppy and poorly run if they see our people disregarding safety. We try to show our customers that we are a good plant that makes a good product.