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Your Safety Program is NOT Saving Lives

So often we hear people say that the purpose of a company safety program is to keep people safe, or even, it's to save lives.

Welllllllll, sure. That sounds great. Safety professionals love to pat ourselves on the backs about this.

But c'mon. Let's be real.

A safety program isn't a first responder ; it's not an emergency room doc or nurse ‍. It's not a mom or dad ‍, holding their kid's hand as they walk across a busy street for the first time. It's not a superhero ‍ swooping in to save someone who has somehow fallen off the roof of a building or has gotten stuck in quicksand (sidenote - Saturday morning cartoons had me thinking quicksand was going to be a legitimate way that I might die ). 

A safety manual is simply a list of instructions and rules that a business, maybe a small business like yours, provides to their workers and expects them to follow. A safety program includes other things besides the manual, like training, PPE, the culture of the company, a...

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