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Safety Tip #5 in the series


The purpose of this series is to give struggling-but-eager SHE professionals and practitioners, who are working for financially-constrained companies, pointers on how to get the safety awareness message across to both management and workers, on a shoestring budget.

Today’s topic, PROBLEMS, highlights the importance of understanding why a PROBLEM CULTURE exists & why employees take SHORTCUTS.

“What you don’t know won’t hurt you.”NOT!
When it comes to safety, chances are that it WILL hurt you in the long run!

We need a culture of openness, disclosure and opportunity-seeking, leading to PRO-ACTIVE HELP, NOT PUNISHMENT. (The latter compels people to hide their problems.)

The people who “push the buttons and use the tools” and their managers know what their safety problems are. ASK them to show / share these with you. Ask them to tell you WHY they are doing what they are doing, be it taking shortcuts, breaking the rules, or other problem behaviour.


The reality is that people invariably look for ways and means to make their jobs easier, lighter, more comfortable. We humans are driven by pain and pleasure i.e. less pain and more pleasure. 🙂

Sometimes the rules aren’t practical, because they have been drawn up by people in offices who don’t understand / know the situation at ground zero.

Sometimes it is a case of ignorance or of ‘tata ma chance’.

SHE Policy vs Tata ma Chance?


OFFER TO HELP (and I don’t mean help in the form of a report documenting what they already know!)
EXPLAIN the consequences of taking shortcuts / breaking the rules … “do you know what … if … ?”.

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